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By Judith Green | April 28, 1998
Columbia Pro Cantare, a 100-member chorus founded and directed by Frances Motyca Dawson, will give the American premiere of a jazz Mass by the Czech composer Karel Ruzicka this weekend.Dawson, who is of Czech extraction, has made the choir known for its repertory of Bohemian and Czech works, as well as pieces by Polish and Swedish composers.Over Pro Cantare's 20 years, it has performed pieces by more than 25 Slavic and Norse composers, ranging from familiar names such as Dvorak and Smetana to the lesser-known Jan Dismas Zelenka and Anton Reicha.
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By Kit Waskom Pollard and For The Baltimore Sun | September 18, 2014
Every Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, around 6 in the evening, eight adults gather in a garage in the Allview Estates neighborhood in Columbia. The garage, which has been converted to a gym, serves as the training ground for this small group of serious athletes - powerlifters who spend two hours squatting, bench-pressing and dead-lifting their way to better health. One of those lifters - and the owner of the house - is Caryn Daniel. At 51, Daniel is a fundraiser for the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington, the mother and stepmother of four children ages 14 to 28, and grandmother of a 3-year-old.
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By Los Angeles Times | November 10, 1992
WASHINGTON -- The search for soldiers still listed as missing in action from the Vietnam War is being expanded to Czechoslovakia and the files of other East European countries as a result of information from a high-level Czech military defector, who has told Senate investigators that U.S. POWs spent time in Czech hospitals before being sent to the former Soviet Union.According to a confidential memorandum prepared for the Senate Select Committee on POW-MIA Affairs, a former Czech general who now works for the Defense Intelligence Agency has said that before his 1968 defection, he saw intelligence reports on at least two groups of POWs, each numbering about 25 men, who passed through Czech hospitals en route to Soviet imprisonment.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | November 28, 2012
After a long drive from Arizona, prosecutors say, Dmytro Holovko pulled up to a meeting spot on Liberty Road and unloaded hundreds of pounds of marijuana - another successful shipment for a drug ring accused of using Baltimore as a hub in a distribution network that brought in $1 million a month. Holovko, a 54-year-old Czech national, stands accused of being a courier for the violent organization, in a case that brought a consul from the Czech Embassy to a federal courtroom in Baltimore on Tuesday amid complaints about the defendant's court-appointed lawyer.
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By Carl Schoettler and Carl Schoettler,Evening Sun Staff | August 14, 1991
Karl Dohnal, a tall, rangy, fiercely independent Czech-American, still thinks of himself as an exile after 27 years in the United States."Exile is my identity," Dohnal says. "I am not an immigrant. I am not a fellow countryman living overseas. I am an exile. And I feel like an exile until this very minute."Dohnal, now 49, came out of Czechoslovakia in 1964, a 22-year-old with a degree in engineering, a boundless self-confidence and a love of Jack London, the old superman adventurer of the Far North.
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By Kevin Cowherd | February 23, 1994
No pain, no gain -- In a desperate bid for attention, little-known Czech figure skater Maya Sukova whacked her own knee with a tire iron and will miss the entire women's program.She has, however, signed a three-movie deal with the European division of Paramount, received a $500,000 advance on her autobiography and signed a lucrative promotional contract with Nike.Ike is out, too -- Success of retired Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf as CBS commentator in Lillehammer has network v-p of production Rick Gentile in a frenzy to sign Gen. George S. Patton for a similar role.
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By David Rocks and David Rocks,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 13, 1997
PRAGUE -- For many, working in close quarters with a parent might sow little more than ulcers or insanity. For Czech director Jan Sverak, collaboration with his father has borne much sweeter fruit: two Academy Award nominations."
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By David Rocks and David Rocks,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | December 12, 1996
PRAGUE -- With President Vaclav Havel convalescing from lung surgery that turned up a malignant tumor, Czechs are having to consider a future without the man who led them to democracy.They don't like what they see."There is no one to replace him, and nobody is even able to imagine anybody else," says Jiri Stransky, a friend of Havel's and head of the Czech chapter of PEN, the international authors' group."People know that he never was a liar, he never cheated them. He's always spoken quite openly and frankly with them, and that's enormously different from other politicians."
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By MIKE PRESTON | June 21, 2008
A lot of the Ravens' veterans are a little nervous these days. They have a new coach with a different style, and such distinguished players as quarterback Steve McNair and offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden have recently retired. The Ravens have capable replacements for McNair and some "project" players who might fill in for Ogden. And they just might have a hot-shot rookie kicker, Piotr Czech out of Wagner College, who could push veteran Matt Stover in training camp. Stover is probably not concerned.
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By Ernest F. Imhoff and Ernest F. Imhoff,Evening Sun Staff | September 9, 1991
FOR FRANCES Motyca Dawson, director of the Columbia Pro Cantare Chorus, Antonin Dvorak is a composer to be celebrated any time for his inventive musical ideas, simple and open style, skillful use of ethnic melodies and the Czech composer's interest in America.But when his 150th birthday rolls around, as it did yesterday, and you have Czech blood in your veins and you think people may need a break from the 200th anniversary of Mozart's death, Dvorak is someone who deserves special attention.
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By Sarah Haller and Chris Kinling | June 26, 2012
This week, Emily greets her six remaining suitors in Prague. Arie's got a secret Sarah: Emily and Arie ("Speed Racer") have a thrilling one-on-one date strolling through Prague. While kissing in front of picture-perfect scenes and annoying other tourists, Emily worries about Arie's secret. He briefly dated a "Bachelorette" producer (now Emily's friend) several years ago and still hasn't told her. She spends their entire lunch telling him how important honesty is and how they shouldn't keep secrets.
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2011
Michael G. Rokos has traveled thousands of miles to pay homage to his American and Czech heritage and to the 28th U.S. president, who befriended his family nearly a century ago. The lifelong Baltimorean will reconnect with cousins in the Czech Republic and gather with them in Prague Wednesday for a ceremony that pays tribute to two cultures and one American leader. They will stand on Wilson Street, in front of Wilson Train Station, and rededicate a monument to Woodrow Wilson, who championed the Czech quest for independence early in the 20th Century.
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By Lisa Kawata | April 1, 2011
You don't have to know how to pronounce kolache, or spell it for that matter, to indulge in the pastry that originated in central Europe. All you need to know is that the Czech dessert is now at Kolache Kreations in Ellicott City, via Houston, Texas, thanks to Ileana Fernandez, who is actually Hispanic. So Howard County, isn't it? “There are multiple kolache franchises in Houston, hundreds even. You can also find kolache in doughnut shops,” says Fernandez, mother of three young children, who with her husband, Robert, moved to Ellicott City five years ago. There is a large population of Czech immigrants in Texas, and some towns hold kolache festivals to celebrate the pastry and its heritage.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,michael.sragow@baltsun.com | September 26, 2008
Jan Dite (Ivan Barnev), the antihero of I Served the King of England, is a waiter who knows how to make dishes appear ripe and wonderful. They include his succession of lovers, whose naked bodies he adorns with flowers and fruit and (at his most vulgar) currency. Dite's trademark seductive move is an act of post-seduction: He rouses his sated bedmates with a mirror that displays them when they're fully garnished. It's his appreciation of lovemaking and his playfulness at it that keeps them coming back for more.
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By MIKE PRESTON | June 21, 2008
A lot of the Ravens' veterans are a little nervous these days. They have a new coach with a different style, and such distinguished players as quarterback Steve McNair and offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden have recently retired. The Ravens have capable replacements for McNair and some "project" players who might fill in for Ogden. And they just might have a hot-shot rookie kicker, Piotr Czech out of Wagner College, who could push veteran Matt Stover in training camp. Stover is probably not concerned.
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By Sarah Hoover and Sarah Hoover,special to the sun | April 25, 2008
When the Prague-based Pavel Haas Quartet performs Czech classical music in Howard County this weekend, it continues the mission begun by composers Dvorak and Janacek to bring their lyrical folk-inspired national music to a wider international audience. Sponsored by Candlelight Concerts, the quartet will present music by Smetana, Dvorak, and Janacek at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Wilde Lake Interfaith Center. The Pavel Haas Quartet (Veronika Jaruskova and Maria Fuxova, violins; Pavel Nikl, viola; and Peter Jarusek, cello)
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February 17, 2002
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January 4, 1994
FRANK Zappa, the Baltimore-born musician who died last month of prostate cancer, was not just another guitar-wielding sociopath coughed up by the American rock scene. This point was reiterated most convincingly in the Dec. 20 New Yorker magazine by Czech president Vaclav Havel.In his brief piece, Mr. Havel recalls his impressions of Mr. Zappa -- "one of the gods of the Czech underground" during the 1970s and '80s -- upon meeting him a few years ago:"[Zappa] was the first rock celebrity I had ever met, and, to my great delight, he was a normal human being, with whom I could carry on a normal conversation.
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By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,sun music critic | May 26, 2007
On the long, long list of terrific, but terribly underperformed, composers, the name of Bohuslav Martinu would have to be in the upper tier. The BSO performs at 11 a.m. today at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. $22-$49. 410-783-8000, baltimoresymphony.org.
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By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,Sun Music Critic | March 18, 2007
When it comes to comic opera, you can't go wrong with a story about rustic life, as even Lucy Ricardo proved in an I Love Lucy episode with her immortal, if rudely shortened, creation The Pleasant Peasant. THE BARTERED BRIDE / / Performances Saturday; March 28, 30 and April 1 / / Lyric Opera House / / 410-727-6000 or baltimoreopera.org
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