Master Singers of Milwaukee

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Master Singers of Milwaukee has presented many wonderful performances since 1973, and now in their 43rd season, Master Singers of Milwaukee continues to celebrate a passion for vocal artistry by exploring the dimensions of choral music that engage, uplift and rejuvenate the human spirit through extraordinary choral music and exceptional performances.  Now in his fifth season, the current conductor and music director, Dr. Eduardo García-Novelli, brings a wonderful brightness to the ensemble enlivening it with his rich and detailed background of musical knowledge, vocal understanding, and a “spirit of life” in presenting varied, interesting and challenging programs.

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The ensemble is composed of talented vocal musicians from the greater Milwaukee and surrounding area. Its depth of range and power comes from singers with extensive musical backgrounds ranging from international vocal soloists singing throughout America, Europe and Japan, church and school choral directors, high-quality students from area schools and serious amateur musicians. They sing compelling songs of celebration and humor, mixed with melodies and songs that warm the heart. They perform a wide variety of great music of all eras, genres and composers past and present.

Master Singers of Milwaukee embodies the qualities of excellence and strength through bringing together local talent, valuing civic pride, and engaging the cultural richness that characterizes Milwaukee and its surrounding communities. Master Singers strives to bring a professional vocal presentation to a full range of uplifting, enlightening and entertaining music.

 

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Prešernov dan

In February, the Slovenian American Times will publish its 100th issue. It is truly a milestone! Also in February, Slovenia will celebrate Prešeren Day, the Slovene Cultural Holiday, established in commemoration of her greatest poet. Coinciding with the anniversary of the poet’s death in 1849, the entire month is filled with a variety of cultural events such as school field trips, poetry readings and dramatizations, culminating on the eve of the February 8th holiday in the presentation of two Grand Prešeren Awards and up to six Prešeren Fund Awards given to individuals or groups in recognition of their achievements in the fields of literature, art, music and science. The celebrations are not confined to Slovenia, but occur worldwide in many Slovenian enclaves, including Cleveland.

The Slovenian American Times has taken advantage of this happy coincidence by organizing a much needed fundraiser in support of our newspaper. Please join us on Sunday, February 12th at 11:30am at St. Mary of the Assumption Church hall for Prešernov dan – Celebrating Prešeren. In store for our guests are a delicious dinner prepared by caterer Jože Tavčar, a Chinese raffle, the opportunity to mingle with some very interesting “characters,” and performances by Slovenski pevski zbor Korotan, Avgust Božidar Pust and Folklorna skupina Kres. We join our fellow Slovenians throughout the world in observing this special day by focusing on three of France Prešeren’s poems, Zdravljica, O Vrba and Povodni mož, all brought to life in song, oration and dance.

The staff of the Slovenian American Times and the board of the Slovenian American Cultural Association are grateful for your participation in this important Slovenian cultural feast and for your generous support of our endeavors! Bog plačaj!

Pres

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St. Mary Slovenian School Reverse Raffle

St. Mary’s Slovenian Language School is hosting a reverse raffle on Saturday, February 18, 2017. Tickets are $50 and include a main board ticket, a delicious homemade schnitzel buffet dinner and open bar. Additional dinner tickets can be purchased for $25.sola

The doors will open at 6:00 PM. Buffet dinner at 6:30 pm

The grand prize on the main board will be $2,500. Sideboards will also be available along with Chinese Auction baskets, 50/50 raffle and the Lucky 200 drawing.

For tickets please contact Susan Krulc Hamilton at (216) 481-0464, Mateja Ribic Ackworth at (216) 280-7652 or Beth Ribic at (440) 256-0245.

All proceeds from this event will used to offset the cost of our students travelling to Slovenia in July 2017 on an educational field trip.ticket

St. Mary’s Slovenian School would like to thank you for your support!!!!
St. Mary Slovenian School
c/o Church of St. Mary of the Assumption
www.stmaryscollinwood.com
15519 Holmes Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44110

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Slovenska Pristava Reverse Raffle

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Sister Cities International 2017 Inaugural Gala

The US Presidential inauguration and transition has been front and center with the news media around the world. As many people are now aware, First Lady Melania Trump is the first Slovenian-born person in that position, and KSKJ Life felt that as the premier Slovenian-American organization in United States, we should be a part of these historic events. On January 16, 2017, KSKJ Life National Board Chair Rudy Krašovec, Vice Chair Philip Hrvatin, and home office executive staff Tony Mravle Jr met with Dr. Božo Cerar, Slovenian Ambassador to the United States, and counselor Borut Žunič at the Slovenian Embassy in Washington D.C. The ambassador was very pleased with the ongoing support provided by KSKJ Life and was very generous with his time. We were grateful for his hospitality and the opportunity to meet with him and his staff.

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PHOTO: Left to Right Slovenian Embassy Counselor Borut Žunič, Slovenian Ambassador Dr. Božo Cerar, KSKJ Chairman Rudy Krašovec, Jen Mravle, KSKJ home office executive staff Tony Mravle Jr and KSKJ Vice Chairman Phil Hrvatin

The following day I met with Mark Bland, Austria and Slovenia Desk Officer at the U.S. Department of State. This is an executive department that advises the President and leads the country in foreign policy issues. The Department operates the diplomatic missions of the United States abroad and is responsible for implementing the foreign policy of the United States and U.S. diplomacy efforts. Mr. Bland works with both the Slovenian Embassy in Washington and the U.S. Embassy in Ljubljana.

Later that evening, in advance of Inauguration Day, we had the opportunity to attend the 2017 Inaugural Gala held by Sister Cities International, one of the largest NGOs (non-governmental organizations). The event was hosted by Ambassador Cerar in honor of First Lady Melania Trump, and was very well attended by a gathering of diplomats, members of congress, municipal officials, and community and citizen leaders. Founded by Dwight D. Eisenhower, all past Presidents of the United States have served as Honorary Chairpersons of Sister Cities International, and it is expected that President Trump will continue the tradition. KSKJ Life is honored to have supported the Ambassador by serving as a major sponsor of the Gala, which was held in the beautiful Organization of American States building. North Strabane Pennsylvania musicians Frank Valenčič Jr. and his brother Darryl provided button box music at the Sister Cities Gala. We had the pleasure of sitting with Ambassador Cerar and his wife Martina Slok. Martina serves as Minister Counselor at the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Slovenia to the United Nations.

KSKJ Life is proud to continue our relationship with the Ambassador and to have supported him in this event.

Phil Hrvatin

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Sister Cities 2017 Inaugural Gala

2017 Inaugural Gala

WHAT
In advance of Inauguration Day, join Sister Cities International at the 2017 Inaugural Gala for an exciting gathering of diplomats, members of congress, municipal officials, and community and citizen leaders in celebration of the inauguration of our Honorary Chairperson, the President of the United States. REGISTER HERE!
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WHEN
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
8:00PM – VIP Reception
8:00PM – Generation Reception
8:45 – 11:00PM – Gala
Guests may choose to add the VIP reception option when they register.
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The Organization of American States
200 17th Street NW
Washington, DC 20006
HOTEL
Sister Cities International has two room blocks for the Inaugural Gala.
Sister Cities International has a room block at the Washington Marriott at Metro Center at the special rate of $229/night. To reserve your hotel room, please book online HERE or call 1-800-393-2510. The room block cut off date is Monday, December 26, 2016. NOTE: Rooms offered at the special room rate are available on a first come, first served basis. Please book your room early!
Sister Cities International has a room block at The Dupont Circle hotel at the special rate of $169/night. To reserve your hotel room, please book by calling 202-483-6000 and reference “SCI”. The room block cut off date is Monday, December 26, 2016. NOTE: Rooms offered at the special room rate are available on a first come, first served basis. Please book your room early!
So you may better budget your hotel stay, current local taxes are 14.5%. This will be added per hotel room, per night at the end of your stay.
TICKETS
Gala Ticket
  • $250.00
Gala Ticket – Young Professional Rate (ages 22-35)
  • $150.00
VIP Reception Ticket
  • $100

REGISTER HERE!

ATTIRE
Black tie or traditional dress
HONORARY HOST COMMITTEE
Thank you to our Honorary Host Committee for your support!
Embassy of Slovenia
American Anciens Association NATO Defense College
American Women for International Understanding
The Washington, DC Chamber of Commerce
International Economic Alliance
H.E. Ambassador Pierre Clive Agius Embassy of Malta
H.E. Ambassador Garang Diing Akuong Embassy of the Republic of South Sudan
H.E. Ambassador Hunaina Al Mughairy Embassy of Oman
H.E. Ambassador François Balumuene Embassy of the Democratic Republic of the Congo
H.E. Ambassador Francisco Campbell Embassy of Nicaragua
H.E. Ambassador Dr. Božo Cerar Embassy of Slovenia
H.E. Charge d’Affaires Patrick Chuasoto Embassy of the Philippines
H.E. Ambassador Tiena Coulibaly Embassy of Mali
H.E. Ambassador Martin Dahinden Embassy of Switzerland
H.E. Ambassador Fayçal Gouia Embassy of Tunisia
H.E. Ambassador Bakhtiyar Gulyamov Embassy of Uzbekistan
H.E. Ambassador Román Macaya Hayes Embassy of Costa Rica
H.E. Ambassador Haris Hrle Embassy of Bosnia & Herzegovina
H.E. Ambassador Prasad Kariyawasam Embassy of Sri Lanka
H.E. Ambassador Peter Kmec Embassy of the Slovak Republic
H.E. Ambassador Martin Lousteau Embassy of Argentina
H.E. Ambassador Wilson Masilingi Embassy of Tanzania
H.E. Ambassador Dr. Hamdullah Mohib Embassy of Afghanistan
H.E. Ambassador Farhod Salim Embassy of Tajikistan
H.E. Ambassador Carlos dos Santos Embassy of Mozambique
H.E. Ambassador Henne Schuwer Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
H.E. Ambassador Eliachim Molapi Sebatane Embassy of the Kingdom of Lesotho
H.E. Chargé d’Affaires Pavel Shidlovsky Embassy of Belarus
H.E. Ambassador Tihomir Stoytchev Embassy of Bulgaria
H.E. Ambassador Elin Suleymanov Embassy of Azerbaijan
H.E. Ambassador Agostinho Tavares Embassy of Angola
H.E. Ambassador Kadyr M. Toktogulov Embassy of the Kyrgyz Republic
H.E. Ambassador Kairat Umarov Embassy of Kazakhstan
H.E. Ambassador Wolfgang Waldner Embassy of Austria
 
COMMUNICATIONS
Planning on attending #SCIinaugural? Join the conversation and help spread the word to your networks. Click here to download a digital toolkit with plug-and-play social media posts and click here to download high-res shareable graphics.
 
SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
Become part of the Global Leaders Circle, a thriving network of individuals, businesses, and organizations, by investing in Sister Cities International today. The Global Leaders Circle is your opportunity to publicly demonstrate your support for global peace and prosperity. Contact Tricia Lloyd, Director of Development, at tlloyd@sistercities.org or 202-347-8630 for more information and custom sponsorships.
YOUR TAX-DEDUCTIBLE LEAD GIFT WILL:
  • Encourage others to support our mission.
  • Honor 60 years of service to the U.S. and the world.
  • Enhance the U.S.’s position on the global stage.
  • Help produce the Inaugural Gala, Annual Conference, and other events.
  • Be recognized at your Global Leaders Circle level in print and electronic materials all year.
  • Be recognized at your Global Leaders Circle level on signage in the Sister Cities International office and at all events.
  • Align with a powerful, thriving global and local network of those most committed to our mission.
  • Support our work to promote peace through mutual respect, understanding, and cooperation – one individual, one community at a time.
  • Promote peace and prosperity at home and abroad.
Additional benefits include:

Platinum – $100,000 (One available)

  • Three reserved tables of 10 at the Inaugural Gala
  • 30 tickets to the VIP Reception
  • Recognized sponsor of 3 Ambassadors and their spouses at the VIP reception and Gala
  • Logo and/or name inclusion at giving level on all recognition materials for the Inaugural gala, front page of the website; all press releases as the only Platinum member; and signage at the Gala, VIP and General reception.

Presidential – $75,000

  • Two reserved tables of 10 at the Inaugural Gala to include two Ambassadors and their guests
  • 20 tickets to the VIP Reception
  • Logo and/or name inclusion at giving level on all recognition materials for the Inaugural gala, front page of the website; listed in all press releases and on all social media sites as a Presidential level sponsor; and signage at the Gala, VIP and General receptions.

Minister – $50,000

  • One reserved table of 10 at the Inaugural Gala to include an Ambassador and guest
  • 10 tickets to the VIP Reception
  • Logo and/or name inclusion at giving level on all recognition materials for the Inaugural gala, front page of the website; listed in all press releases promotion and on all social media sites as a Minister level sponsor; and signage at the Gala, VIP and General receptions.

Ambassador – $25,000

  • One reserved table of 10 at the Inaugural Gala
  • Six tickets to the VIP Reception
  • Logo and/or name inclusion at giving level on all recognition materials for the Inaugural gala, front page of the website; listed in all press releases promotion and on all social media sites as an Ambassador level sponsor; and signage at the Gala, VIP and General receptions.

Chargés D’Affaires – $10,000

  • Six tickets to the Inaugural Gala
  • Six tickets to the VIP Reception
  • Logo and/or name inclusion at giving level on all recognition materials for the Inaugural gala, front page of the website; listed in all press releases promotion and on all social media sites as a Chargés D’Affaires level sponsor; and signage at the Gala, VIP and General receptions.

Diplomat – $5,000

  • Four tickets to the Inaugural Gala
  • Four tickets to the VIP Reception
  • Logo and/or name inclusion at giving level on all recognition materials for the Inaugural gala, front page of the website; listed in all press releases promotion and on all social media sites as a Diplomat level sponsor; and signage at the Gala, VIP and General receptions.

International Attaché – $2,500

  • Two tickets to the Inaugural Gala
  • Two tickets to the VIP reception
  • Logo and/or name inclusion at giving level on all recognition materials for the Inaugural gala, front page of the website; listed in all press releases promotion and on all social media sites as a Diplomat level sponsor; and signage at the Gala, VIP and General receptions.

Special Envoy – $1,000

  • Two tickets to the Inaugural Gala
  • Name inclusion at the Special Envoy giving level on recognition materials for the Inaugural Gala and reception
OTHER HOTEL OPTIONS
900 F Street NW
1900 Connecticut Avenue NW
1001 14th Street NW
1000 H Street NW
800 16th Street NW
815 14th Street NW
1331 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
1177 15th Street NW
1011 L Street NW
999 9th Street NW
1127 Connecticut Avenue NW
2120 P Street, NW
923 16th Street NW
515 15th Street, NW
2660 Woodley Road NW
1401 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
QUESTIONS
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Felice Lesser Dance Theater

2017 Season to Feature  World Premiere of Lightning 

February 8-12, 2017

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At The Duke on 42nd Street, a NEW 42ND STREET® project

New York, NY (Updated Info: January 5, 2017): Felice Lesser Dance Theater’s 2017 season will feature the world premiere of Lightning, a multi-media dance dealing with timely issues facing the world in the new year, set to a score by the contemporary Slovenian composer Borut Krzisnik*.  The season will run for six performances, February 8 – 12, 2017 at The Duke on 42nd Street, 229 W. 42nd Street (between 7th and 8th Avenues).

Lightning combines drama and humor to reflect Lesser’s reaction to today’s complex political and social issues, including Trump’s election, the rise of racism and anti-gay sentiment, the plight of immigrants and refugees, and growing world violence. Video preview link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xofQz6q6y5s

*Note: Borut Krzisnik’s score for Lightning will have its U.S. premiere on February 8, the Slovenian holiday of “Preseren Day,” a national cultural holiday celebrated with free cultural festivals, performances and art exhibits.  In keeping with the spirit of the holiday and its own strong commitment to cultural outreach,

the opening night audience will be invited to a post-performance champagne toast, in honor of the holiday.

Thursday, February 9 will be a “Twenty for Twenties” special performance:  $20 tickets and a post-performance reception will be available to anyone in their 20s.

The Felice Lesser Dance Theater (FLDT), founded in 1975 by choreographer, playwright, filmmaker and animator, Felice Lesser, creates and performs her contemporary dance works, which are mixed with theater and technology. Lesser’s “moving sets” of simultaneous projected video and computer animation are featured as a visual background to what is happening onstage, where live dancers interact with filmed ones, or distorted images appear as counterpoint. Lightning will reflect on some of today’s most important issues: borders, global warming, inclusion, terrorism, technology, and artificial intelligence.

In its 41-year history, FLDT has produced over sixty dance works, two full-length plays about dance and dancers, video/dance works, original television broadcasts, and many contemporary music and art collaborations performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Joyce SoHo, the Sarasota Ballet, and the 1991 Tokyo International Choreography Competition. FLDT is committed to education as well as performance and has an extensive array of lecture-demonstrations, classes, residencies and workshops to develop audiences and bring the general public and students into the creative process. The company feels strongly that dance should be available and accessible to all, and provides outreach and free ticket programs to special and underserved populations, and will do so again during these performances.

The company features dancers Ahmaud Culver, Katherine Files, Chanmee Jeong, Chihwan Kim, Acee Francis Laird, Danielle Shupe and Dona Wiley.

Borut Krzisnik is a Slovenian composer based in Ljubljana.  He has released seven albums, including Lightning, Valse Brutal, Sacre du Temps and A Life in Suitcases (film and soundtrack).  His music has been featured in many films, dance and theater productions, including Peter Greenaway’s multi-media trilogy Tulse Luper Suitcases and A Life in Suitcases.

Built as part of the New 42nd Street Studios to support performing artists in the creation of their work, The Duke on 42nd Street is a premier venue in the heart of the theater district. Along with the New 42nd Street Studios and The New Victory Theater, The Duke on 42nd Street is a project of The New 42nd Street, the independent nonprofit organization charged with the continuous cultural revival of 42nd Street between 7th and 8th Avenues. Committed to the transformational power of the arts, the dedicated Board and Staff of The New 42nd Street build on the foundation of seven historic theaters to make extraordinary performing arts and cultural engagement part of everyone’s life.

Felice Lesser Dance Theater will present six performances as follows: February 8 – 11 at 7:30 pm, with matinee performances on February 11 and 12 at 2pm at The Duke on 42nd Street, a NEW 42ND STREET® project. Tickets are $40 ($25 students/seniors/FLDT members) and will be available after January 11, online at http://www.Dukeon42.org, by phone at 646.223.3010, or in person at The Duke on 42nd Street’s Box Office.  Thursday, February 9 is a “Twenty for Twenties” special performance:  $20 tickets and a post-performance reception will be available to anyone in their 20s.

Note: Regular box office hours at The Duke on 42nd Street are: Tues-Fri 4pm-7pm; Saturday 12pm-6pm. On performance days Box Office hours are extended on performance days.

For further information, visit  www.FLDT.org

Photo Link: https:/ https://goo.gl/photos/3m7F37fjTqnFezxD6

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Sausage Fest Indianapolis

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New Years Eve Slovenska Pristava

New Years Eve again at Pristava
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The Board of Slovenska Pristava cordially invites members and friends for a New Years Eve celebration on December 31, 2016. Doors at the Laushe Hall will open at 6:30 pm, dinner starts at 7:30 pm. Reservations the dinner are $35. Please call 440-537-1941 no later than 12/26.
A buffet style champagne dinner will be served by Joe Tavčar and staff.  Sausage and kraut will be available after midnight. Our popular Pristava musicians will provide entertainment throughout the evening. A cash bar with regular pristava prices will be available.
In case of bad weather the party will be moved to St. Mary’s Hall in Collinwood.

Sivestrovanje na Slovenski pristavi

Odbor Slovenske pristave vabi vse člane in prijatelje na Silvestrovanje 31. Decembra v Lausche-tovi dvorani na Pristavi. Začetek ob 6:30, večerja ob 7:30. Cena večerje $ 35 in za rezervacijo pokličite 440-537-1941 najkasneje do 26. decembra.
“Buffet style” večerjo bo pripravil Jože Tavčar, šampanjec ob polnoči in prigrizek preden odidete domov.
Za ples in prijetno poslušanje poskrbijo Pristavski muzikantje. Točilnica bo ponudila pijače za gotovino.
V primeru slabega vremena bo zabava v dvorani Marije vnebovzete v Collinwoodu.

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“Cockta, the drink of our and your youth.”

“Cockta, the drink of our and your youth.”cockta

Wednesday December 14
6:00 – 9:00 PM
Slovenian Museum and Archives
6407 St. Clair

“Cockta, the drink of our and your youth.” The exhibit, which was kindly provided and translated by Slovene Ethnographic Museum, will take you through the history of the most known Slovenian pop drink and counter to Coca-Cola, Cockta.

Every visitor will be able to try it and learn something new about our beloved drink, which was invented 63-years ago. Come and have some fun at the Slovenian Museum and Archives. The event is free and open to the public. Ample parking in the back of the building of Slovenian National Home or in front of the Museum. The event is organized by Slovenian Museum and Archives and Center for Slovenian Studies at Cleveland State University.

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