World’s Champions and Cultural Ambassadors of the European Union
" Little Stars" operates within the Zagreb – Croatia, Youth Center Singing Studio.
Exceeding international standards, choir pre-admission requirements are indeed stringent, requiring the highest personal dedication and professionalism of choir member candidates. Every candidate is required to maintain excellent school grades (A+) for as long as is member associated with the choir. Spending several hours every day in rehearsal, for a minimum of two years, candidates are required to perform in high artistic level hundreds of complex musical scores.
Finally, with harmony, tonal resonance and diction of the candidate honed to brilliant perfection, directorial permission is then granted and the candidate submits herself to the Youth Center Singing Studio, Directorial Review Board. Upon acceptance by the review board and the concurrence of Maestro Zdravko Sljivac, founder and director of “Little Stars”, the candidate becomes a member of “Little Stars”, and is permitted the honor of singing in public for the very first time.
Honored to be elected as Cultural Ambassadors of the European Union Parliament, Little Stars, by popular European editorial opinion, has surpassed the Vienna Boys Choir. On July 6, 2001, Little Stars became two-times world champion at Llangollen International Music Festival, Llangollen, Wales, U.K.. Their sensational Llangollen performance, apart from the millions of Croatian listeners, has brought them well deserved acclaim with millions more in Germany, England, Austria, France, Italy, Switzerland, Scotland, Ireland, Norway, Wales, Denmark, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Macedonia, Slovenia…
They are officially the best youth choir of the world.
:…Vienna have Vienna Boy’s, Zagreb have Little Stars…
The emergence of Little Stars has brought a renaissance in the art of an all girls’ choir, back to Europe. Little Stars Choir possesses impressive knowledge of complex, multiple vocal scores, pure vocal clarity and intonation, clearness of technical elements, emotional impact, delivering flawless execution. The purity of their vocal style surpasses all previously known professional exhibition styles, with spontaneously joyful musical expression.
A very short-list sampling of concerts, broadcasts and albums include; Ave Mundi Gloria and Christmas editions with Zagreb soloists and Zagreb wind trio, Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra Croatian TV, Croatia Chamber Orchestra and others under the guidance of P. Despalj, V. Kranjcevic, K. Ono, M. Belamaric, N. Bareza, M. Prohaska, M. Horvat.
G. B. Pergolesi – "Stabat Mater"
Gustav Maler – "The Eight Symphony"
Carl Orff – "Carmina Burana"
W. A. Mozart – "Missa brevis in B major, KW 275",
" Ave Maria" and "Mi lagnero tacendo"
J. Magdic – "Fidelissima Advocata Croatiae"- Oratorio
Wagner – "Parsifal"
G. Bizet – "Carmen"
J. Langlais – "Ave Mundi Gloria"
G. Verdi – "Otello" and "Macbeth"
J. S. Bach – "Cantata No. 78"
Mendelssohn – "Laudate Pueri"
P. Gotovac – "Ave Maria"
M. Zajec – concerto version of "Boito’s Mafistoffel"
J. Bajamonti – "St. Duje"- Oratorios
E. de Cavalere – "Oratorios"
Britten – "War Requiem"
D. Kempf – "Four Seasons", among others
“All thanks should go to maestro Zdravko Sljivac, who carefully selects the talent, nourishes beautiful tone and accomplishes envious singing technique, making every performance a maximum enjoyment.” Pavle Despalj, Conductor
“Zvjezdice” (Little Stars) has brought a renaissance in the art of girl’s choir.
Emil Cossetto, Conductor
Vienna has “Vienna boys”, and Zagreb has “Little Stars”. Vjesnik, National News, Zagreb-Croatia
“This Choir have a high dose of professionalism and professionalism in the most quality sense. Z. Sljivac with “Zvjezdice” has gained results that are highly respectable in European standards.” V. Kranjcevic, Conductor
“To express it simply, Zvjezdice’s singing is best that is possible to find!” Pero Gotovac, Composer
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact
Father Robert Zubovic at 718-726-7937