Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

October 09, 2009 10:42 ET

Media Advisory: Cultural Event at Rideau Hall Celebrating the Friendship Between Canada and Slovenia, Croatia and Greece

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 9, 2009) - Their Excellencies the Right Honourable Michaelle Jean, Governor General of Canada, and Mr. Jean-Daniel Lafond will host a cultural evening at Rideau Hall on October 13, 2009, at 6 p.m.

To showcase the importance of Canada's relationship with the Republic of Slovenia, the Republic of Croatia and the Hellenic Republic, the Governor General, Mr. Robert Peck, Chief of Protocol of Canada, and the ambassadors of the three countries Their Excellencies Tomaz Kunstelj, Vesela Mrden Korac and Nikolaos Matsis, will speak during this event. Each country will present a performance thanks to the participation of the following artists: Slovenian guitarist Aleksander Mezek, Croatian guitarist Srdjan Bulat and The Church Choir of the Hellenic Community of Ottawa.

Below are the biographies of the artists performing at the event:


Republic of Slovenia

Aleksander Mezek, Guitar

Aleksander Mezek's music career could be described as the tale of two countries. He was raised near Lake Bled, in the Alpine region of Slovenia, where he breathed in its folklore and the unspoiled beauty of its countryside. In 1972, the love of music brought him to England, where he found friends and audiences who would support and encourage his unique mixture of Slavic heart and Western sophistication. In reality, though, he had never really left Slovenia; he had extended the space around him to gain a more focussed perspective on his creative ability and expression.

He has recorded and released over 20 self-penned albums and has worked with many renowned musicians and artists such as Rick Wakeman, Cliff Richard, Luther Vandross and The London Symphony Orchestra, to name a few.

Among the songs he will perform is his musical composition based on "O Vrba", one of the best known poems written by Slovenia's greatest poet, France Preseren. He will also perform his song, "Presented to the Heart", which was the soundtrack to Slovenia's independence celebrations in 1991.


Republic of Croatia

Srdjan Bulat, Guitar

Srdjan Bulat was born on October 20, 1986, in Split, Croatia, and, at the age of 8, began to play the guitar. Presently, he is studying at the Zagreb Music Academy under Professor Darko Petrinjak. On four consecutive occasions, he has won an important national chamber music competition, the only Croatian musician to do so, winning with different ensembles each year, the last in a duet with a violinist.

He performed in a concert at the Manhattan Theater Club, organized by the New York Classical Guitar Society, which promoted some eminent Croatian composers. In May 2009, Srdjan won three awards at the Enrico Mercatali competition, in Gorizia, Italy: third prize in a duet with a violinist; second prize in the solo category; and first prize in the guitar chamber ensembles. Most recently, Srdjan attained second prize in the prestigious Francisco Tárrega competition, in Benicasim, Spain, one of the most important international guitar competitions in the world.


Hellenic Republic

The Church Choir of the Hellenic Community of Ottawa

The Church Choir of the Hellenic Community of Ottawa was established in the late 1940s. It has over 25 members and chants every Sunday and on Orthodox Christian holidays during the Divine Liturgy at the Dormition of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church, in Ottawa.

The choir also performs both Byzantine and European music at many cultural and community events, including four times at the Canadian Museum of Civilization; on Canada Day; at the Ottawa Tulip Festival; and at a seniors' home, in Toronto.

In April of 2009, the choir published its first CD with Byzantine hymns and Greek traditional songs.

Members of the media who wish to attend should arrive no later than 5:45 p.m.

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