Stivers Spectacular – Gala
Stivers Spectacular – Gala
Schuster Performing Arts Center, Dayton OH
Stivers Philharmonic Orchestra
Stivers Wind Symphony Orchestra
Stivers Mix Choirs
Orchestra Guest Members:
Miami Symphony, Dayton Philharmonic, University of Dayton and Wright State University Orchestra
Michael and Sandy Bashaw Puzzle of Light
Nikica Lesich, Piano – Croatia
Goran Karan, Tenor – Croatia
Joelle Brandon, Mezzo-Soprano
Composer, Conductor, Director
Produced by Dino Zonic and Beth Duke – Red Oak Productions
Featuring: Strauss, Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, Ravel, Bizet, Bodegrajac, Puccini, Zonic…
Master Professor of Liszt-Ziloti Piano Technique
Internationally acclaimed concert pianist Nikica Lesic was born in the ancient Roman city of Split, Croatia, where he began his extensive piano education and training spanning 25 years. He has collaborated with numerous prominent world pianists and master professors. Nikica has performed in concert halls throughout Europe and United States.
In concert, Mr. Lesic unveils the secrets of this oldest and most complex of piano techniques. He displays a high level of professionalism, pianistic virtuosity, and soulful musicality that makes his performances spell-binding and unique. His current repertoire includes but is not limited to works by: Rachmaninoff, Khachaturian, Taktakishvili, Babadjanyan, Liszt, Scriabin, Debussy.
Tenor – Croatia
Goran Karan is an internationally renowned tenor from Zagreb, Croatia.
He has performed numerous concerts throughout the United States and Europe including concert tours in Austria, Germany, Italy, France, England, Australia, Ireland, Scotland and Turkey.
Beyond the success of Mr. Karan’s solo singing career has been his work on the theatrical stage. He has performed in productions throughout Europe in the lead role of musicals such as: “Circle”, “Hair”, “Jesus Christ Super Star”, “Grease” and “Tommy”.
In 1995, Mr. Goran Karan was presented with an award from Croatian Discography Association for the “Hit of the Year” for a song called “Priznaj mi”. That same year he played the leading role in a musical “Circle”, created by Dino Zonic. In 1998, Mr. Karan again starred in a leading role in the musical “Rock It” at the Ronacher Theatre in Vienna, Austria. Mr. Karan published his first solo album “Kao da te ne volim” in 1999. This album was the best selling record in Croatia and sales went platinum. He was awarded the title “Singer of the Year 1999” by the coalition of Croatian radio stations and national magazines and won the celebrated national festival, “Melodije hrvatskog Jadrana”. In 2000, Mr. Karan won the highest national competition award, Dora 2000, and was selected to represent Croatia at the international competition, “Euro Vision” in Stockholm, Sweden. He has won the prestigious Porin Award (Croatian Grammy Awards), three times in the “Best Album”, “Best Male Performance and “Best Duet” categories. The sales for his hit album, “Vagabunda” went platinum in 2000.