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Mark Halata and Texavia (The Kennedy Center)

Mark Halata and Texavia

Mark Halata is unfashionably in tune with the Czech-Moravian music of his ancestry. He taught himself to play during his formative years and the songs he performs today are songs he has performed his entire life. Weekend trips to Moravia, Texas and exposure to Texas polka bands such as Joe Patek, Wence Shimek and The Red Ravens kept Mr. Halata in touch with the music and culture that has always been a part of his life.As a teenager, Mr.