The Canadian Croatian Choral Society was pleased to perform for over 53 residents of the Palermo Village Retirement Residence in Oakville on March 18, 2018. As guests entered the lounge, they were serenaded by Artistic Director Ed Mavrinac at the piano and then enjoyed a magnificent trumpet solo by Natalie O’Donnell. The Artistic Director then introduced guests to the choir and spoke about Croatian culture and its rich heritage of choral music. The choir performed a traditional Croatian repertoire, which delighted the appreciative audience. As each choral selection was introduced, the touching lyrics were explained. Many enthusiastically sang along when two favourite pieces were performed: Daisy Daisy (Bicycle Built for Two) and Lili Marleen. One of the highlights of the afternoon saw a couple who had been married for 60 years spontaneously get up and dance to a warm applause and a few tears of joy from their fellow residents and choristers alike. As the performance drew to a close, the CCCS President Mira Lorkovich Omura shared a printed flyer of “Ten Centuries of Croatian Music” and explained that the performance was made possible thanks to a funding grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. The audience truly enjoyed the uplifting entertainment and are already looking forward to a return visit from the choir.

CCCS choir performs at Palermo Village in Oakville — March 18, 2018

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