Sunday, December 19, 2010 3:00 PM Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center
Maestro Zdravko Šljivac, conductor of Little Stars - Zvjezdice choir, Zagreb
Little Stars - Zvjezdice singing with the Zagreb Soloists
International Holiday Concert at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center
On December 19th, welcoming the internationally acclaimed girls choir “Little Stars” from Croatia, The Angel Voices and Bells of St. Aidan will present a medley of Holiday Songs - from traditional Croatian Christmas songs to the Holiday Classics - at Avery Fisher Hall in New York. Also performing will be the members of Herricks High School Chamber Orchestra and Choir, who will share the stage along with the military band and South Shore Brass!
The concert will create a festive sound of unique international proportions by these leading youth groups. The concert will be a festival of joy for families and friends to support the important message of world peace and to raise the awareness of friendship between nations.
Sunday, December 19th at 3 PM (Door opens at 2:30 PM)
Dragan Ivanov Bubalo Angel Voices and Bells of St. Aidan
Reagan Stone, Soprano KLAPA ASTORIA
Robin Maddox Louise O’ Hanlon Herricks High School Chamber Orchestra and Choir
South Shore Brass
Program Highlights: Josipovic: Djevojacke Vede Dobar Vam vecer gospodo
Croatian and American Christmas Songs arranged for symphony orchestra, soloists and choirs:
Durufle: Tota Pulchra Est Mozart: Ave Maria Johann Strauss: Anen Polk Vinson: Silver Bells Christmas Fanfare Joyeous Alleluia Byrd Allegro Vivaldi: Winter Da Pacem Domine “Peace Prayer” Jingle Bell Rock Handel: For Unto Us a Child is Born ... and many others.
Croatian Church of Sts. Cyril and Methodius
Permanent Mission of the Republic of Croatia to the UN Croatian Consulate General in New York LINGUA-SOFT d.o.o. (www.lingua-soft.hr)
Ticket Information Orchestra $65-$45 , Tiers $35- $25
You can purchase the tickets online Click here to purchase tickets!
Cardinal Vinko Puljić, Sarajevo archbishop, Bosnia and Herzegovina, with Dragan Ivanov Bubalo, conductor
Little Stars - Zvjezdice, biography
“Zvjezdice” Girls’ Choir is one of the most representative music ensembles in Zagreb and Croatia. It was founded in 1985 and forms part of the Youth Music Centre in Zagreb. The members of the choir are all outstanding students of primary and secondary schools in Zagreb.
In more than two decades of its existence, the choir has developed a strong cooperation with the most prominent Croatian ensembles and performers, as well as with many conductors – from both Croatia and abroad.
Let us mention some of the best-known projects the choir has participated in: the performance of Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater in cooperation with Zagreb soloists and magnificent Croatian artists such as Ruža Pospiš Baldani and Dunja Vejzović, Symphony No. 3 and Symphony No. 8 by Gustav Mahler, cantata Carmina Burana by Carl Orff, concert performance of Wagner’s Parsifal and Zajc’s Mislav, concert performance of Boito’s Mefistopheles, oratorio The Translation of St. Domnio by J. Bajamonti, scenic oratorio The Representation of the Soul and the Body by E. de Cavalieri, music melodrama Persephone by Igor Stravinsky, appearances in operas Carmen by G. Bizet, Fire by Blagoje Bersa, Werther by J. Massenet, The Child and the Magic Spells by Maurice Ravel, Pagliacci by Ruggero Leoncavallo and Mirjana by Josip Magdić, the War Requiem by Benjamin Britten, oratorio Jean d’Arc au Bucher (Joan of Arc at the Stake) by A. Honegger, oratorio Fidelissima advocata Croatiae by J. Magdić, Messe in G major by F. Schubert, concert performance of the opera Hansel and Gretel by E. Humperdinck, Missa apostolica by Gerald Wirth, etc.
The choir has performed alongside the Zagreb Soloists, the Symphony Orchestra of the Croatian Radiotelevision (HRT), the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, the Croatian Chamber Orchestra, the Zagreb Wind Trio, the Windstrings string orchestra, the Opera Orchestra of the Croatian National Theatre (HNK), the Croatian Army Symphony Wind Orchestra, the Tamburica Orchestra of the HRT, etc.
Furthermore, the choir has performed under the direction of many renowned conductors such as P. Dešpalj, K. Ono, M. Horvat, N. Bareza, M. Belamarić, R.F. de Burgos, A. Rahbari, F. Shipway, V. Kranjčević, M. Tarbuk, M. Bašić, I. Kuljerić, P. Gotovac, M. Prohaska, S. Britvić, Z. Juranić, A. Bjelinski, etc.
The choir’s wide range of activities inside Croatia also includes a cappella performances at the International Children’s Festival in Šibenik (1990) and Dubrovnik Summer Festival (2000). The “Zvjezdice” choir filled the audience with enthusiasm in Norway, France, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Russia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, etc.
The two United States tours should especially be mentioned. First came the highly successful tour in 2003 (New York, Pittsburgh, Dayton, Northern Kentucky), when the choir received a major acknowledgement and December 12 was declared the “Zvjezdice” Day in New York, and December 19 was declared the “Zvjezdice” Day in Dayton. The other, equally successful tour took place in Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Los Angeles, Chicago and New York in 2004, and included the concert in the Church of the Holy Family at the United Nations Chapel in New York under the high patronage of Archbishop Celestino Migliore, the Permanent Observer of the Holy See at the UN. In 2006, the tour to Australia and Malaysia (Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney, Kuala Lumpur) followed, and the tour to Canada took place in 2009.
Many works by the leading Croatian composers have been dedicated to the “Zvjezdice” choir, most notably The Four Seasons by Davorin Kempf, Orion, Venus, Andromeda by Milko Kelemen and Djevojačke vede (Maiden Vedas) by Ivo Josipović.
The “Zvjezdice” choir has received many national and international awards and some of the most notable are: two awards for best performance at the International Choir Festival in Llangollen, North Wales (the International Musical Eisteddfod), the outstanding performance awards at the Sligo Choir Festival, Ireland and Stavanger, Norway, the award for the best performance of a contemporary composition at the International Youth Choir Festival Celje. Along with Dunja Vejzović, Ruža Pospiš-Baldani and Zagreb soloists, the choir received the Ivan Lukačić Award for performing Stabat Mater by G. B. Pergolesi at the Varaždin Baroque Evenings in 1991.
The choir has an impressive discography list, consisting of several hundreds of recordings, a series of independent releases such as the CD Ave Mundi Gloria, double CD titled Zvjezdice (released for the choir’s 15th anniversary) and Christmas editions realised in cooperation with the Zagreb Soloists, the Zagreb Wind Trio, the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra and the Croatian Army Orchestra, and the recent CD: Zvjezdice – 20 years.
Zdravko Šljivac, conductor
A versatile musician, composer, producer, conductor, music teacher, editor and associate of the Croatian Television.
He is the founder of the Zvjezdice Girls’ Choir and has been acting as the choir’s permanent conductor for the past 22 years. Under his direction, the choir has won many national and international awards (two awards for the best performance at the International Choral Festival in Wales, awards for an outstanding performance in Norway and Ireland, the award for the best performance of a contemporary composition at the International Youth Choir Festival Celje, etc.)
He is a multiple winner of “Porin”, the Croatian discography award, in several categories (the best production of classical music, the best production of Croatian traditional music, the best production of children’s music, etc.), the Varaždin Baroque Evenings award and the Croatian Composers’ Society award.
Zdravko Šljivac has composed music for a number of television films and series and theatre plays. He is the artistic director and the originator of numerous music projects and festivals. He was an associate and the conductor of the World Children’s Choir in Paris and has nurtured young talents through his outstanding work in music education. He is a member of many music juries, the president of the Croatian Association of Conductors and Choirs.
Šljivac has collaborated with the Zagreb Soloists, the Symphony Orchestra of the Croatian Radiotelevision (HRT), the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, the Opera Orchestra of the Croatian National Theatre (HNK), the Croatian Chamber Orchestra, the Croatian Army Symphony Orchestra, the Tamburica Orchestra of the Croatian Radiotelevision (HRT), etc. He is a regular member of the Croatian Composers’ Society and has been appointed the cultural ambassador of the Republic of Croatia by the European Federation of Choirs of the Union.
Zvjezdice (Little Stars), all girls' choir, founded in 1985 in Zagreb, conducted by Mr. Zdravko Sljivac, became two-times world champions of the Llangollen International Music Festival of choir music (Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod), Llangollen, Wales, UK, in 2001, and Outstanding Prize at Sligo Choral Festival in Ireland. They are often compared with the Vienna Boys Choir. Little Stars were elected as Cultural Ambassadors of the European Union Parliament. They had very successful concerts in Norway (Oslo, Stavanger), France (Paris, Nantes, Auxerre), Italy (Milano, Riva del Garda), Switzerland (Zürich), Germany (Füssen), Bosnia and Herzegovina (Sarajevo), Austria (Salzburg), USA (New York, Pittsburgh, Dayton, Northern Kentucky, Cincinatti, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Los Angeles, Chicago), etc. You can listen to their singing of Croatian Christmas Songs. Maestro Zdravko Sljivac conducted also the World Children Choir in Paris.
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