We organized a virtual Christmas celebration named ‘HORA Colinda!’ for HORA members and donors
HORA participated as a guest nation in an extraordinary exhibit of Christmas traditions organised by the American Swedish Institute in Minnesota. The Romanian exhibit displayed beautiful, authentic costumes and artifacts related to winter traditions around Christmas.
This was an amazing event with over 30.000 visitors.
This year Lucas Meachem, operatic baritone of Metropolitan fame and pianist Irina Meachem delighted us with American Christmas Songs …and other musical treats.
Also, at our Christmas Party we launched an amazing CD called “Colinde”, performed by the Ciprian Porumbescu Choir of Minnesota and Orkestar Bez Ime, arranged and conducted by Colleen Bertsch.
The Romanian American community gathered together at Christmas time, following the HORA tradition. This past year, we had an exceptional attendance (over 160 attendees!), to celebrate our traditions, try some delicious traditional food, enjoy outstanding entertainment, listen to stories and get the children excited around nice presents. We were thrilled to have Costel Busuioc, the Romanian tenor winner of a Talent Competition, giving a great performance at our gathering, with Christmas Carols as well as beloved arias from well known Operas. Descendants of first generations of Romanian immigrants have shared their family recipes. The ensemble Plugusorul surprised and delighted us this year again with a lively performance of Christmas and New Year traditions from Northern Romania and Moldova, such as the Goat (Capra) and Bear (Ursul) dances. The evening ended with dance and singing along.