60th Annual Spring Concert


We invite you to an afternoon of fine music and celebration for the 60th Anniversary of the Detroit Tamburitza Orchestra.  The performance will begin at 3 pm on Sunday, April 29, at the Michigan Collegiate High School at 31300 Ryan Road.  Dinner and dancing will follow at the Zora Lodge 351 American Croatian Club just minutes north of the high school. 


Concert, reception and delicious buffet dinner package will be $40 for those 16 & older; children 15 & under will be $15.  Concert only for 16 & older will be $15, and free for children 15 & under. Tickets for the concert, reception and dinner package must be purchased in advance by Sunday, April 22 from any DTO member. If you are planning to attend the concert only, tickets may be purchased at the door. Doors will open at 2:30 pm for the concert.


Please note:  You may have seen some earlier promotion for this event that was originally scheduled for Saturday, and it has now been moved to Sunday afternoon.  We hope this change in day and time inspires you to spend a spring afternoon with us, makes it more convenient for your schedules and easier to drive in daylight for our guests.


Directed and conducted for the past four years by Frank Corak, DTO is made up of musicians ranging in age from their late twenties to their early nineties.  Our repertoire ranges from traditional and folk Croatian and Balkan music, to some of the world’s most famous classical composers.  Frank has written several of his own melodies, and arranged many of our songs for the tamburitza.  Our featured soloists will be Marilyn Repasky, Danny Capuzzi and Danijel Majhan.


Guest group for the concert will be our friends from the Ravanica Singing Society of Detroit.  Formed in 1931, the choir has appeared throughout the Detroit Metropolitan area, Canada and around the country showcasing their rich Serbian choral tradition, and serving as goodwill ambassadors for the community.  We are honored to have them perform again this year with DTO.  The ever-popular Orchestra Lira will provide music for dinner and dancing at the Croatian Club immediately following the concert. 

We are very blessed to have Tony Ruzich among our ranks. Tony was one of the original members of the Detroit Senior Tamburitzans founded in December 1957 which eventually became the Detroit Tamburitza Orchestra.    Other members of the founding group were John Belavich, George Benda, Rosemarie Burich, Fran Burich, Jean Devich, Rose Dubrovich, George Fabyan, Eleanor Fabyan, Steve Farac, Nick Goich, Mike Goich Jr., Joe Kelemen, Rose Ann Kolakovich, Fanny Kosovec, Katy Kosovec, Tom Kosovec, Steve Matievich, Andy Nezich, George Oklejas, Harry Perpich, Marge Perpich, Rudy Perpich, Liz Pojen, George Ruzich, Lil Ruzich, Alice Stachowiak, Adele Stachowiak, Joe Ugrin, Stephanie Walter, and Mary Zalac.



Past conductors of DTO were Andrew Benda (1957-1967), Steve Pavlekovich (1967-1974), James Guracech (1974-1994), and Ken Kosovec (1994-2014).  Current leadership of DTO consists of Dr. Joseph Matievich, President; George Patrash, Vice President; Deborah Babich, Treasurer; and John Dzapo, Secretary.


Four new members have joined the orchestra this season, which has rounded out our prim and brac sections.  We hope to continue the rich traditions of DTO for many years to come, and welcome all musicians to consider joining our group in the fall of 2018.  Many of our members came through the ranks of the Star Junior Tamburitzans and have been playing together for many years.  Our Wednesday night practices at Croatian Club are filled with laughter and the love of music. We will be travelling with Nova Nada this fall to the Adult TamFest in Pittsburgh, PA.  Other performing events during the season include Christmas in Croatia, DTO Kolo Night, CroFest and our annual spring concert.


In closing, we were shocked and saddened by the sudden passing on March 1st of one of our newest members, Mike Rivard.  Mike played third brac for DTO, and was also a singer in the Ravanica choir.  One of his happiest moments in DTO was when he played with the combo that entertained at the DTO Kolo Night held in January this year. He spent his last night on earth at DTO rehearsal and enjoyed laughs with his fellow members.  His spirit will be with us for our 60th anniversary performance.                  


We look forward to seeing you on Sunday, April 29!  Please contact any DTO member for tickets or additional information.


Or, contact Vicky Fulks directly at (h) 810-227-2155 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.