A Musical Celebration of Slovakia’s Presidency of The European Union at Carnegie Hall

by Penelope Bunn

DECEMBER 1, 2016 – NEW YORK, NY – Consul General of Slovakia, Jana Trnovcová and František Ružička, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Permanent Mission of the Slovak Republic to the United Nations in New York hosted a grand reception and enchanting concert at the legendary Carnegie Hall to commemorate Slovakia’s Presidency of the European Union.


The highbrow reception, held in the Rohatyn Room of Carnegie Hall, was well-attended by diplomats and socialites from around the world. Scrumptious hors d’oeuvres, fine champagne and intellectual chatter filled the air as guests fondly reminisced about Slovakia’s successful reign.


Consul General Trnovcová and Ambassador Ružička gave speeches commemorating the occasion.


Guests were directed to Carnegie’s Zankel Hall where we enjoyed “Slovak Dances for Triango and Orchestra”, a magnificent concert composed by the musical genius of Maestro Peter Breiner. Maestro Breiner is a Slovak composer living in New York.

For this special performance, he enlisted the talents of the New York Virtuosi Orchestra and his musical soul mates from
Slovakia, Triango (an ensemble comprised of Stanislav Paluch, violin and mandolin; Boris Lenko, accordion, and Maestro Breiner as conductor and pianist), and special guests, Milan Rendoš, overtone bass flute and other folk instruments, and Pablo Aslan, double bass.


The joint ensemble performed an adaptation of The Slovak Dances, a unique blend of jazz, folk, classical and rare instrumental elements arranged for the Tango. The original version is a 90 minute-long orchestral suite of 16 symphonic dances based on folk tunes.

Maestro Breiner was introduced by Consul General Trnovcová who, with her beauty, grace and poise, set the tone for an entertaining experience.


To view more photos of the event provided by Consulate General of Slovakia in New York


The evening was a noble presentation of Slovakia, its music, traditions, culture and people.
A lovely way to mark the end of the Slovak Presidency of the Council of the European Union.



Penelope Bunn, Contributing Editor for Society & Diplomatic Review
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