Romania’s Centennial Celebration in Minnesota

Romania’s Centennial Celebration in Minnesota

The Great Unification of December 1st, 1918 was the result of a common Romanian national consciousness woven throughout the history by generations of politicians, historians, writers, musicians, and religious leaders. Recognizing the beauty and the unity of the Romanian language as proof of common origin and history, these visionaries fought for One-State to unify all Romanians living in places that were politically apart.

Event Program

  • 5:00pm: Arrival cocktail reception
  • 5:45pm: Welcoming remarks
  • 6:00pm: Commemorative program
  • 6:40pm: Dinner; Orkestar Bez Ime band performance
  • 7:15pm: Romanian Honorary Consul, Patrick Ledray
  • 7:20pm: Raluca Boac piano recital
  • 7:30pm: Ciprian Porumbescu choir performance
  • 7:45pm: Dunarea, Izvorasul and Plai de Dor dance ensemble
  • 8:20pm: Orkestar Bez Ime band performance
  • 8:45pm: Dance with DJ Radu Rimbu

The event has been made possible by the Romanian American organizations and churches in Minnesota:

St. Mary’s Romanian Orthodox Church

St. Stefan’s Romanian Orthodox Church

Romanian Genealogy Society (RGS)

Heritage Organization of Romanian Americans in MN (HORA)

COMMEMORATIVE PROGRAM

  • Andrei Bortnov
  • Alex Cernea
  • Lenus Ciurusniuc
  • Amy Hodge-Toconita
  • Elias Hodge
  • Cora Parvu
  • Octavian Ulici
  • Alexandra Rambu
  • Dana Voller
  • Andrian Belinschi, Video Producer

CIPRIAN PORUMBESCU CHOIR

  • Colleen Bertsch, Director
  • Pasha Bortnova
  • Cleo Cabuz
  • Lenus Ciurusniuc
  • Bogdan Filipescu
  • Raluca Octav
  • Yolanda Petre
  • Angela Ulici
  • Octavian Ulici

ORKESTAR BEZ IME

  • Natalie Nowytski, Lead Singer
  • Colleen Bertsch, Violinist
  • Scott Keever, Guitarist
  • Katrina Mundinger, Clarinetist (Taragot)
  • Eric Ray, Accordionist
  • Matt Miller, Bassist (special guest)

DUNAREA CHILDREN’S DANCE ENSEMBLE

Isabela Alexa, Sofia Autin, Roman Autin, Ariana Ceraceanu, Catalina Didenco, Emil Didenco, Alexia Felea, Robert Panait, Adrian Poptelecan, Sebastian Poptelecan, Olivia Poptelecan, Stefanel Ochian, Maddilyn Roos, Andrew Vasiu and Gabriel Vasiu

IZVORASUL DANCE ENSEMBLE

Andrei Didenco, Virginia Ghenciu-Brennan, Amy Hodge-Toconita, Georgia Marinkov-Omorean, Tiana McConnell, Tim Munger, John Omorean, Tianna Patterson and Philip Toconita

PLAI DE DOR LADIES DANCE ENSEMBLE

Mirela Dinca, Camelia Dinca-Carey, Constanta Dinca-Korolchuk, Mihaela Lisnic, Larissa Lurcu, Pasha Bortnova and Iuliana Untura

Sincere thanks to all organizers, participants, and volunteers for their enormous generosity and dedication to making this special event happen.