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Croatian-American Day in Chicago May 8-11, 2008
By Zorica Matkovic | Published  04/29/2008 | Community , Culture And Arts , Events | Unrated
Celebrating Croatian culture in Chicago
May 8 – May 11, 2008


Thursday, May 8, 2008 Opening of the Croatian Lighthouse Art Exhibition
5:00 p.m.

Cook County Building
118 N. Clark St., Suite 112
Friday, May 9, 2008 Croatian-American Day
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Food, Pastries, Art and Tourist Information
Cultural Program (11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)  

Performing Folklore Groups:
Club Stepinac
Sacred Heart Kolo Group
Croatian Vines
Special Guests:
Klapa Grdelin (see below for additional information)

Daley Plaza (50 W. Washington St.)
Saturday, May 10, 2008 Presentation by Prof. Ivo Šoljan "Five Centuries of Croatian Poetry Inspired by the Croatian Adriatic"
6:00 p.m. organized by AMAC-Midwest

St. Jerome Croatian Church  (Small Hall)
2823 S. Princeton Ave. (Cardinal Stepinac Way)
Sunday, May 11, 2008 Concert - Klapa Grdelin
6:00 p.m.

Chicago Cultural Center  
The Cassidy Theater    
78 E. Randolph St.

For Additional Information, please call 312-482-9902
Klapa Grdelin was founded in Zagreb in February 2000. Throughout the years Grdelin has been exploring and expanding its repertoire that was performed at many concerts and festivals. The repertoire includes original Dalmatian songs arranged by famous composers and ethnomusicologists (Jakov Gotovac, Ljubo Stipišić, Dinko Fio, Duško Tambača and others), popular tunes adapted for klapa singing, traditional folk tunes of Lent and Christmas. Grdelin has found a valuable source of songs in the rich musical heritage of the city of Split and its surrounding area.

From the year 2000 onwards Grdelin has regularly performed at Dalmatian Klapa Festival in Omiš, where they performed in the final in 2002, 2005, 2006, and 2007. In 2006 they shared the first place in Večer izvornih napjeva, and won the second place from the expert jury, and Srebrni leut grada Omiša in the final of the male klapa competition. Grdelin performed at various concerts at home (in a series of concerts held by various klape from Zagreb, Christmas concerts in Zagreb, Lent concerts of klape from Zagreb in 2003 and 2004, two highly acclaimed performances at Summer Festival in Varaždin, and so on), charity events, various events in Europe (the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovenia, Vojvodina, Greece, Poland, Ireland, Germany), klapa festivals in Croatia (Crikvenica, Cavtat, Skradin, Trogir), and as backup for the Croatian ethno-group Kries. Klapa Grdelin won two awards, for the best performance of an original folk tune and for the best bass, in Skradin Klapa Festival in 2007.

Klapa Grdelin held two concerts in the hall of Croatian Music Institute in Zagreb in 2004 and in 2006. A very special place in our curriculum is reserved for our first album called Parvi, which was promoted in November 2006 in Zagreb and in February 2007 in Split.
Although this is a very brief description of our work, we just cannot leave out our former members and friends (about fifteen of them), whose good will and effort helped create the quality of our sound and interpretation and enabled the continuity of work and activities of klapa Grdelin.

Formatted for CROWN by   Marko Puljić
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