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Tamburitzans present spring concert May 3

April 29, 2008
The Holy Resurrection Serbian Tamburitzans will present its spring concert at 2 p.m. on Sunday at the Steubenville Catholic Central Auditorium. A dinner-dance will follow at 4:30 p.m. at the Serbian American Cultural Center.

Honored guests will be the Saint Archangel Michael Tamburitzans from Akron, Ohio.

The Serbian orchestra for the evening will be the Randy Lougarus Orchestra. Tickets are $5 for the concert only or $20 for concert and dinner-dance. The event is open to the public.

The Holy Resurrection Serbian Tamburitzans of the Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Church of Steubenville have grown over the years and new members are welcome.

The group was created 30 years ago and much remains the same today. The group was the dream of then parish priest, the Rev. Vasko Sokolovic, whose vision was to preserve the customs and culture of Serbia through music and dance. Nick “Butchie” Zatezalo shared this vision. Children learned how to play their tamburas and sing Serbian favorites. The talents of Jack Poloka were enlisted, and the children began to dance.

Alumni members and the children in the present group are who they are today because of Zatezalo’s contributions. Zatezalo died in 2004. His daughter, Denise Stewart, is choreographer and former member Diane Mamula is the musical director.

The Tammies have expanded their material through the years to reflect the diversity of its members, including Russian, Greek, Slovenian and Croatian. They perform throughout the Tri-State area.

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