The CCCS’s 2018 Artistic Merit Award recipient, Danijela Hajdinjak, was presented her award by last year’s recipient, Adam Mezgec, and then enthralled the audience with a rendition of Summertime as well as a solo from an opera composed by her sister and past Merit Award recipient Julijana.

The charming Trio Brinjak, young siblings dressed in magnificent national costumes, performed together and also with the choir to the great delight of all in attendance.

The concert ended with the rousing vocal and instrumental arrangement of Beethoven’s Ode to Joy sung in the Croatian language. Many in the audience were still humming the uplifting tune as friends new and old gathered in the church’s aptly named Fellowship Hall to enjoy a delicious feast of homemade Croatian delicacies.

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