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Slovakian folk musician making 3-stop Naperville tour

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  • Bob Rychlik, a Slovakian folk musician, performs Wednesday for music students at Naperville North High School. The concert was part of a visit arranged through the Naperville Sister Cities commission and its partnership with Nitra, Slovakia.

      Bob Rychlik, a Slovakian folk musician, performs Wednesday for music students at Naperville North High School. The concert was part of a visit arranged through the Naperville Sister Cities commission and its partnership with Nitra, Slovakia.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • Bob Rychlik, a Slovakian folk musician performs Wednesday at Naperville North High School during his first of three scheduled performances this week in Naperville. He's set to play Thursday at Kennedy Junior High School and Friday at the TEDxNaperville ideas conference.

      Bob Rychlik, a Slovakian folk musician performs Wednesday at Naperville North High School during his first of three scheduled performances this week in Naperville. He's set to play Thursday at Kennedy Junior High School and Friday at the TEDxNaperville ideas conference.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • Naperville North High School students take in a Slovakian folk musical performance by internationally known fujara player Bob Rychlik on Wednesday at the school.

      Naperville North High School students take in a Slovakian folk musical performance by internationally known fujara player Bob Rychlik on Wednesday at the school.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • Bob Rychlik, a Slovakian folk musician, performs Wednesday on a traditional overtone flute called the fujara for music students at Naperville North High School.

      Bob Rychlik, a Slovakian folk musician, performs Wednesday on a traditional overtone flute called the fujara for music students at Naperville North High School.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

 
 

Naperville's Sister Cities partnership with Nitra, Slovakia, is creating a musical exchange this week featuring an internationally known folk musician.

The fujara, a Slovakian overtone flute, and fujara player Bohuslav "Bob" Rychlik, are in town for performances that began Wednesday and continue through Friday -- two at schools and one at the TEDxNaperville ideas conference.

Rychlik's first stop on his trip Wednesday was at Naperville North High School.

On Thursday morning, he's scheduled to play at Kennedy Junior High, and on Friday he's set to perform and speak as part of the eighth annual TEDx gathering at Yellow Box Community Christian Church.

Rychlik has performed at the Library of Congress, the Kennedy Center, last year's National Flute Association convention in California, McDaniel College in Maryland and at many folk music festivals in the U.S., the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

His visit was organized by Naperville's Sister Cities commission, which is preparing to celebrate 25 years of its relationship with Nitra.

The towns became "sisters" in 1993. Naperville also became Sister Cities with Patzcuaro, Mexico, in 2010.

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