The organization started 16 years ago as Nocturnes at Masaryktown, to get Czech and Slovak communities together a few times a year for cultural events of the highest quality, from the fields of classical music, jazz, musical lectures and entertainment.
The first very successful season included the Panocha quartet, violinist Ivan Zenaty, George Grosman and his Bohemian jazz group – together, five evenings. After the second season, Nocturnes grew to eight performances a year.
Classical concerts moved to St. Wenceslaus Church in the Bloor/Dufferin area (Gladstone Ave.); jazz remained at Prague Restaurant at Masaryktown in Scarborough. The combination of two venues has been a success, subscriptions are growing and some  additional concerts have been added when top artists from the Czech Republic and Slovakia have been available here.
The upcoming season brings violinist Ivan Zenaty; jazzman George Grosman; Karolina Kubalek, a young pianist following in the footsteps of her father Anton Kubalek; Duo Ventapane from Montreal; baritone John Holland with friends in one operatic evening; and jazzman Emil Viklicky from Prague. Highlights of our audiovisual presentations include professor Iain Scott, lecturing on 100 years of Czech operas with audiovisual excerpts of famous Czech and Slovak singers.

Milos Krajny

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