UNT Presents Česká mše vánoční – Christmas Mass – by Jakub Jan Ryba

Left to right, Ivo Medek, Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts, Brno, Czech Republic; Sára Medková, Janáček Academy, Brno, Czech Republic; Thomas Sovik, Professor of Music Theory, UNT College of Music, Denton; Vít Zouhar, Palacký University, Olomouc, Czech Republic; Justin Lavaček, Professor College of Music, UNT, Denton.

Left to right, Ivo Medek, Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts, Brno, Czech Republic; Sára Medková, Janáček Academy, Brno, Czech Republic; Thomas Sovik, Professor of Music Theory, UNT College of Music, Denton; Vít Zouhar, Palacký University, Olomouc, Czech Republic; Justin Lavaček, Professor College of Music, UNT, Denton.

Left to right, Honorary Czech Consul Brian Vaníček; Joan Vaníček; Lenka Kabrhelová, US Correspondent Czech Radio, Prague and Washington, D.C.; and Margaret Jaresh Klečka, CEFT Director, UNT Advisory Committee.

Left to right, Honorary Czech Consul Brian Vaníček; Joan Vaníček; Lenka Kabrhelová, US Correspondent Czech Radio, Prague and Washington, D.C.; and Margaret Jaresh Klečka, CEFT Director, UNT Advisory Committee.

Christmas tree decorated with Pavla van Bibber’s traditional gingerbread Perníky and Vizovické Pečivo made for Margaret Klečka by Ludmila Kalivodová of Vizovice, Czech Republic, who has been making the charming dough figures for well over 50 years. Guests were invited to take the ornaments as keepsakes.

Christmas tree decorated with Pavla van Bibber’s traditional gingerbread Perníky and Vizovické Pečivo made for Margaret Klečka by Ludmila Kalivodová of Vizovice, Czech Republic, who has been making the charming dough figures for well over 50 years. Guests were invited to take the ornaments as keepsakes.

Post performance jubilation following splendid production of Jakub Jan Ryba’s delightful Czech Christmas Mass. Left to right, Brock Johnson, bass-baritone; Margaret Jaresh Klečka, CEFT Director, UNT Advisory Committee; and Barrett Radziun, tenor.

Post performance jubilation following splendid production of Jakub Jan Ryba’s delightful Czech Christmas Mass. Left to right, Brock Johnson, bass-baritone; Margaret Jaresh Klečka, CEFT Director, UNT Advisory Committee; and Barrett Radziun, tenor.

Beautiful Czech voices raised in praise of Christ’s birth brought joy and touched the hearts of worshipers who gathered together for an Interfaith Memorial Service on Sunday, November 22 in Goolsby Chapel on the UNT campus. The Czech Choir of St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church in Ennis is under the direction of choirmaster Ken Janoušek. They were accompanied by Charlie Patak on the accordion.

Beautiful Czech voices raised in praise of Christ’s birth brought joy and touched the hearts of worshipers who gathered together for an Interfaith Memorial Service on Sunday, November 22 in Goolsby Chapel on the UNT campus. The Czech Choir of St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church in Ennis is under the direction of choirmaster Ken Janoušek. They were accompanied by Charlie Patak on the accordion.

Dr. Thomas Sovik at the organ playing all of the string and wind parts of Ryba’s Christmas Mass accompanied by Lejing Zhou on cello.

Dr. Thomas Sovik at the organ playing all of the string and wind parts of Ryba’s Christmas Mass accompanied by Lejing Zhou on cello.

Left to right, Julianna Emanski, solo soprano; Amanda Jacobsen, soprano; Francesca Cacal, alto; Hannah Ceniseros, solo alto; Barrett Radziun, tenor soloist, seated.

Left to right, Julianna Emanski, solo soprano; Amanda Jacobsen, soprano; Francesca Cacal, alto; Hannah Ceniseros, solo alto; Barrett Radziun, tenor soloist, seated.

The Reverend Dr. Thomas Sovik addressing the congregation at St. John’s after a superb performance of Jakub Jan Ryba’s “angelically perfect” Czech Christmas Mass. (Quotation taken from a work by Dr. Thomas Sovik.)

The Reverend Dr. Thomas Sovik addressing the congregation at St. John’s after a superb performance of Jakub Jan Ryba’s “angelically perfect” Czech Christmas Mass. (Quotation taken from a work by Dr. Thomas Sovik.)

Left to right, Margaret Jaresh Klečka, CEFT Director, UNT Advisory Committee; James C. Scott, Dean College of Music, University of North Texas, Denton; Elizabeth Scott (Mrs. James C. Scott); Vít Zouhar, Palacký University, Olomouc, Czech Republic; , Ivo Medek, Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts, Brno, Czech Republic; Sára Medková, Janáček Academy, Brno, Czech Republic.

Left to right, Margaret Jaresh Klečka, CEFT Director, UNT Advisory Committee; James C. Scott, Dean College of Music, University of North Texas, Denton; Elizabeth Scott (Mrs. James C. Scott); Vít Zouhar, Palacký University, Olomouc, Czech Republic; , Ivo Medek, Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts, Brno, Czech Republic; Sára Medková, Janáček Academy, Brno, Czech Republic.

Margaret Jaresh Klečka, CEFT Director, UNT Advisory Committee, left, and Susan Chandler, Executive Director, Czech Heritage Museum, Temple.

Margaret Jaresh Klečka, CEFT Director, UNT Advisory Committee, left, and Susan Chandler, Executive Director, Czech Heritage Museum, Temple.

UNT College of Music Trombone quartet dressed in period costume and powdered wigs perform Moravian brass music from the American Colonies during pre-dinner reception.

UNT College of Music Trombone quartet dressed in period costume and powdered wigs perform Moravian brass music from the American Colonies during pre-dinner reception.

Post performance jubilation following splendid production of Jakub Ryba’s delightful Czech Christmas Mass.  Soloists, left to right, Brock Johnson, bass-baritone; Julianna Emanski, soprano; Hannah Ceniseros, alto; and Barrett Radziun, tenor.

Post performance jubilation following splendid production of Jakub Ryba’s delightful Czech Christmas Mass.  Soloists, left to right, Brock Johnson, bass-baritone; Julianna Emanski, soprano; Hannah Ceniseros, alto; and Barrett Radziun, tenor.

The Reverend Dr. Thomas Sovik, officiant.

The Reverend Dr. Thomas Sovik, officiant.

Four soloists and a five-person choir perform Jakub Jan Ryba’s Czech Christmsas Mass in the beautiful sanctuary of St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church in Ennis. Left to right, Julianna Emanski, solo soprano; Amanda Jacobsen, soprano; Francesca Cacal, alto; Hannah Ceniseros, solo alto; Barrett Radziun, solo tenor; Brock Johnson, solo bass-baritone; Santiago Gutierrez Herrera, tenor; Hastings Reeves, bass; Lance Russell, base; and Dr. Thomas Sovik on keyboard.

Four soloists and a five-person choir perform Jakub Jan Ryba’s Czech Christmsas Mass in the beautiful sanctuary of St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church in Ennis. Left to right, Julianna Emanski, solo soprano; Amanda Jacobsen, soprano; Francesca Cacal, alto; Hannah Ceniseros, solo alto; Barrett Radziun, solo tenor; Brock Johnson, solo bass-baritone; Santiago Gutierrez Herrera, tenor; Hastings Reeves, bass; Lance Russell, base; and Dr. Thomas Sovik on keyboard.

Left to right, Hannah Ceniseros, alto soloist; Barrett Radziun, tenor soloist; and Brock Johnson, bass-baritone soloist.

Left to right, Hannah Ceniseros, alto soloist; Barrett Radziun, tenor soloist; and Brock Johnson, bass-baritone soloist.

Left to right, Santiago Gutierrez Herrera, tenor; Hastings Reeves, bass; Lance Russell, bass; Dr. Thomas Sovik at the keyboard; and Lejing Zhou, cello.

Left to right, Santiago Gutierrez Herrera, tenor; Hastings Reeves, bass; Lance Russell, bass; Dr. Thomas Sovik at the keyboard; and Lejing Zhou, cello.