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(E) St. Louis celebrates major anniversaries Sept 18, 04
By Nenad N. Bach | Published  09/3/2004 | Culture And Arts | Unrated
(E) St. Louis celebrates major anniversaries Sept 18, 04


St. Louis celebrates major anniversaries . . .

St. Louis observes several major anniversaries in 2004 – the 100th anniversary of the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair, the 100th anniversary of the Olympic Games, the 200th anniversary of the Lewis & Clark Expedition and, additionally, the 100th anniversary of the St. Joseph Croatian Catholic Church. Croatians arrived in St. Louis in 1861 as mariners and then began to permanently settle in the St. Louis area in large numbers around 1900. The St. Joseph Croatian Catholic Church was dedicated on September 25, 1904. Croatians contributed in many ways to the development of St. Louis. Many who came to work on the World’s Fair made St. Louis their permanent home. Several generations of stonemasons continue to contribute to the skyline of St. Louis. Their work can be seen in the beautiful stone architecture in the state and federal courts, the St. Louis Cathedral, the St. Louis Zoo, the St. Louis Arch, the Botanical Gardens, and many schools, hotels and office buildings.

Since Croatians form such a significant part of the intricate ethnic heritage of St. Louis, the American Croatian Relief Project invited the renowned Croatian Radio and Television Tamburitza Orchestra to celebrate these singular events and to introduce their unique talent to American audiences for the first time. Mezzo soprano Barbara Othman and tenor Dani Stipanicev will perform with the orchestra. Established originally in 1941, and under the current directorship of Siniša Leopold, the Tamburitza Orchestra members, who are also classical musicians, will demonstrate that the tamburitza, a stringed instrument related to the Russian balalaika, the Ukrainian bandura and the Italian mandolin, not only plays a significant role in the roots of traditional Croatian folk music but also lends its unique sound to even wider music genres, from classical to contemporary pop music to modern jazz. The Tamburitza Orchestra and vocalists will demonstrate their versatility by performing classical, folk, and contemporary pieces.

The American Croatian Relief Project and St. Anselm’s Parish will host the performance at 8:00 p.m. at the St. Louis Abbey on Saturday, September 18, 530 South Mason Road, in Creve Coeur, MO. Adults $20, 18 and under $10, children under 5 are free. For tickets or further information, please contact Sandy Kranjec at 314-487-2265.

Judy Feldworth
Media Liaison
American Croatian Relief Project

The American Croatian Relief Project
and St. Anselm's Parish



with Vocalists

Barbara Othman and Dani Stipanicev

Saturday, September 18, 2004, 8:00 PM

St. Louis Abbey, 530 South Mason Road, Creve Coeur

Adults $20, 18 and under $10, children under 5 free

For tickets or further information contact
Sandy Kranjec at 314-487-2265.


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