Youth from the Gracanica Orkestra will be among many children’s choirs from around the midwest performing at the inaugural Children’s Choir Festival event taking place March 12 at 6:00 p.m. at St. Sava Church in Merrillville, Indiana.
The Gracanica Orkestra was formed three years ago after a successful Sveti Sava performance which was created by parents and choreographer Miroslav Medanovic with Suzana Andjelkovic and Milorad Todorovic. When the children showed interest in learning to play Serbian songs, it lead to creating the Gracanica Orkestra.
The Children’s Choir of St. Sava will be playing festival host under the direction of Ivana Stankovich. The festival titled “The Crown of Tones” will feature children singing a variety of songs and playing instruments that celebrate the rich Serbian cultural heritage. This special event will take place in the new Pavilion at St. Sava, 9191 Mississippi Street, Merrillville, IN 46410.
Youth choirs from churches around the midwest will share their talents including St. Sava Serbian Church, Merrillville, IN; St. George Serbian Church, Schererville, IN; St. George Serbian Church, East Chicago, IN; Holy Resurrection Serbian Cathedral of Redwood Drive, Chicago, IL; and St. Sava Serbian Cathedral, Milwaukee, WI.
The Youth orchestra from New Gračanica, Third Lake, IL will also be performing.
The mission of Gracanica Orkestra is to continue sharing knowledge and love of our traditional Serbian music. The Gracanica Orkestra performed at numerous Sveti Sava programs, and was showcased on Chicago’s Channel 7 along with Gracanica Folklore.
The mission of Gracanica Folklore continues as the younger generations show interest and join the Orkestra. Gracanica Folklore is grateful to all the efforts of the founding parents, as well as the children and their parents, Clergy and Parishes working diligently to incorporate music into the Orthodox growth of our children.