Soka Gakkai Malaysia and the Croatian Embassy Cosponsor Croatian Music
On November 22, 2007, the Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) Grand Culture Center (Wisma Kebudayaan), in Kuala Lumpur, was the venue for a Croatian music show starring tenor Giannni Stipanicev and soprano Barbara Othman along with the Croatian Radio and Television Tamburitza Orchestra. The audience was treated to classical, folk and pop songs and music such as "Merry Go Round" and "Pink Panther" accompanied by traditional Croatian instruments. Various tamburitzas, instruments similar to the mandolin and the Russian balalaika, highlighted the performance. Mr. Stipanicev's rendition of the famous Neapolitan song "O Sole Mio" particularly delighted the listeners.
The Croatian Radio and Television Tamburitza Orchestra has played a prominent role in promoting Croatian folk music on radio and television since 1941. The Embassy of the Republic of Croatia and SGM cosponsored the show.
[Adapted from an article in the January 2008 issue of Cosmic, Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM); photos courtesy of SGM]