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National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre collaborate for “Cultural Imprints Across Borders” lunchtime discussion

By January 2, 2020 No Comments

The National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library and Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre will host a Lunch and Learn discussion from noon to 1 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, in the WFLA/ZCBJ Heritage Hall at the Museum.

The topic, “Cultural Imprints Across Borders”, will examine the shifting borders between Poland, Ukraine and Slovakia, and the impact that change has had on art and culture in each country, and Eastern Europe overall.

The panelists include Danielle Tarnowski, a Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre Board member who was born and raised in Gdansk, Poland; Dr. Cecilia Rokusek, president and CEO of the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library; and Yulia Lysenko, a Ukrainian soprano who recently emigrated to the United States. Lysenko will be in Cedar Rapids to perform as Cio Cio San in Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre’s productio

n of Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” January 17 and 19 at the Paramount Theatre.

This program will open with a moderator-led question and answer period, followed by audience participation. The discussion is free and open to the public. Attendees should bring their own lunch.


National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library

The National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is a museum that celebrates life:  Czech life, Slovak life and American life. The Museum seeks to inspire people from every background to connect to Czech and Slovak history and culture. Through extraordinary exhibitions and experiences, the Museum tells stories of freedom and identity, family and community, human rights and dignity connecting yesterday with today and tomorrow. The Museum honors those who immigrated to America and worked hard, contributing their skills and vision to the formation of our nation. For more information, visit or call (319) 362-8500.

Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre

The mission of the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre is to advance opera as a vital, living American art form and to develop the artists who create it, as well as the audience that appreciates and supports it. CROpera was founded in 1998 by Daniel Kleinknecht, who remains the company’s Artistic Director and Conductor. Each CROpera season includes 3-4 productions and reaches 10,000 audience members, nearly half of which are children and families who attend its children’s opera free of charge. Productions range from traditional canon works, contemporary opera, operetta/musical, and cabaret. CROpera also has a nationally regarded Young Artist Program for emerging professional singers. CROpera is one of only two professional opera companies in the state of Iowa. For more information, visit or call (319) 365-7401.