Maksim Mrvica Wows The Crowd At Rocks & Stars Festival

By 30 June 2018

Maksim Mrvica dazzles at the Rocks & Stars festival!

On the 29th of June, 2018, the first Rocks & Stars festival at Cave Romane, on the Medulin Riviera, opened in spectacular style with the world-renowned Croatian pianist Maksim Mrvica giving a breathtaking performance at the humanitarian concert. During the summer, the unique setting and former quarry will play host to numerous concerts and lavish events organised by Medulinska Rivijera and this was the perfect start.

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There were several short speeches.starting with Diana Kiršić Rosanda. the creative director of the festival and Goran Buić, Mayor of Medulin, Tomislav Boban, special attaché of the President of the Republic of Croatia, Ms Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, and Gari Cappelli, the Minister of Tourism. Before the show started, a cheque for money raised was donated to Pula hospital for a new incubator. Maksim Mrvica, the pianist, was then introduced to the crowd. 

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To a hushed audience, the classical crossover pianist soon had the audience entranced with his playing skills as he played tracks from his thirteen albums. His mesmerising concert included a fantastic version of “Flight of the Bumble-Bee” from his 2003 album “The Piano Player”. He also perfumed several tracks from his new album “New Silk Road” including “Nutcracker Fantasy”,”Remember Me”, and ”All of Me”.

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He was accompanied by a five-piece band and a female vocalist. As well as a dramatic backdrop, the quarry offered outstanding acoustics. The concert was well attended and well organised with people coming from around the world including one lady who had travelled all the way from South Korea just for the concert.

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This superb venue, a perfect setting for the cultural diversity of the artistic world, will welcome a range of national and international artists during the course of the summer, including Darko Rundek, Stefan Milenkovich and Bond, culminating in a performance by Richie e Poveri on August the 15th.

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For more images of any of the bands in concert then you are welcome to view Chasing The Light Art, the music photography magazine of Total Croatia News photographer David Gasson.

There are plenty of concerts and festivals coming up in and around Pula and Istria that Total Croatia News will be covering and bringing you exclusive pictures of the following:

Lado in Pula - 6th of July, 2018

Pula Jazz Season & Backstage Live - Elvis Costello - 8th of July, 2018

Rise Up Porec - Rita Ora - 6th of July - 8th of July, 2018

Seasplash Festival in Pula - 19th of July - 22nd of July, 2018

Dimensions festival in Pula - 29th of August - 2nd of September, 2018 

Outlook Festival in Pula - 5th of September - 9th of September, 2018

Iron Maiden in Zagreb - 24th of July, 2018

Total Croatia News will cover and photograph the following at the Rocks & Stars Festival:

Maksim Mrvica - 28th of June, 2018

Stefan Milenkovich - 31st of July, 2018

Bond - 9th of August, 2018

Ricchi e Poveri - 15th of August, 2018