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'Between Two Worlds' Concert Pays Tribute to Slovenian Choral Music

Bernd Thaller
Cappuchin Bridge in Škofja Loka, Slovenia."

Since the Master Singers of Milwaukee was founded more than four decades ago, the group has been committed to highlighting vocal artistry through diverse choral arrangements.

The group’s latest concert, Between Two Worlds, features arrangements based on traditional Slovenian folk songs and music from neighboring countries. The original intent of the concert was to just feature music by Slovenian composers, but as Music Director Eduardo Garcia-Novelli explains, they chose to include songs from the "neighboring countries that influenced the development of choral music in Slovenia." 

"Slovenia is not a very large country. It's only about 2 million people... So there's something from Austria, just one piece from Hungary, one piece from Croatia and one from Italy," says Garcia-Novelli.

The concert will feature guest conductor Alenka Podpečan  from Slovenia, who says that choral music is a big part of Slovenian culture. "Slovenian people love choral music and we love singing. So even if we are so small, we have a lot of choirs," she says. 

The Between Two Worlds concert will have two performances this weekend. The first performance will be Saturday at the North Shore Congregational church in Fox Point, the second will be held Sunday at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Brookfield.

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Bonnie North
Bonnie joined WUWM in March 2006 as the Arts Producer of the locally produced weekday magazine program Lake Effect.