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Czech and Slovak Songs Performed as Part of International Month  

playing guitarIn conjunction with the International Month Celebration, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 31, 2019, in Fahy 236, the Slavic Club and the Office of International Programs (OIP) will be holding a guitar concert consisting titled "Czech and Slovak Songs in the American Land," by Roger Latzgo, Ph.D.

In this program, Dr. Roger Latzgo will provide a musical sketch of the labors, hopes and joys of Central European immigrants as they pursued the American Dream in the 19th and 20th Centuries in the New World. Selections visit mines, mills, farms and church picnics for the rich musical flavor of an era defined by hard work and new possibilities.

This concert will feature ancient folk songs as well as more recent songs in the Central-European folk idiom, including songs written by descendants of immigrants in America. Several of these, including compositions by Dr. Latzgo, will focus on the immigrant experience in 19th and 20th century industrial America. Recent titles will include "Joe Magarac" ("Paul Bunyan" of the mills), "Dig That Coal, Honza" (child labor in the mines) and "River of Steel" (growing up in a declining steel town). Since Latzgo's originals are mostly in English, they have a crossover effect for general audiences and augment the purely ethnic selections.

"Czech and Slovak Songs in the American Land" repertoire will showcase the following songs: Ej, Od Buchlova, Este Si Ja, Vinko Cervene, Tancuj Tancuj, Ja Parobok z Kapusan, Boleraz, A ja taka Dzivocka, Joe Magarac, Dig that Coal, Honza, Rovnou, Odpocivam Americke Pode, A ja lejber MaPime, Chlapci, Anicka Dusicka, Pada Rozicka, Skoda Lasky, Dobru Noc, Wilks Barroch, Ja Parobok od Michalovec, Umrem, Tece Voda, Lezim v Americkim Kraju, Ja Som Sirota, Mushroom Son, River of Steel, Silver A, Silver B, and Patton Song.

Dr. Roger Latzgo's concert will include Q&A session. Everybody is welcome! This event is free! Slavic food will be served!

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For more information, please contact:

  • Anna Kuchta
  • (973) 275-5875
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