Held in Umag for 25 years, the Summer ATP Tournament is the climax of the tourist season in north-western Istria, and is one of the most important sports and social events in Croatia. The town is then host to world-ranking tennis players, while the cream of society, journalists and reporters, sports experts and tennis aficionados spend time in and around the luxurious tennis complex Stella Maris. This year, 2CELLOS will be performing!
After they have visited almost the whole of Croatia and the world in the last few years, filling up a number of great halls, clubs and stadiums to the very last seat, it has become clear that it is high time that 2Cellos perform at the most famous tennis stadium in Croatia – the Umag ATP Stadium.
“I am excited because we are home, in Istria. This is our first concert after last year’s ‘Arena Pula’ concert, so it’s a big responsibility for us. We will do our best to make it a superb spectacle!” Stjepan Hauser from 2CELLOS said before the concert on Tuesday in the Umag ATP stadium, adding that he did not remember when they had a press conference in a better place.
The ambiance at Stella Maris is fantastic and I can not remember when we had the opportunity to perform at such a scene, Stjepan said, praising the tennis stadium environment in Umag. This from a at a press conference held at Stella Maris on the eve of the great musical spectacle.
“We are honored to perform at this event, it is already the 25th meeting right? It’s a jubilee, if we aim at a hundred, it was already quarter. So it’s our honor to participate in the first quarter of the big ATP tournament,” said the famous cellist in a joking tone which he held throughout the entire conference. (This is the 25th Anniversary week long tennis festival.)
We visited many times, but the global appearance in Umag ATP stadium, will be our first back in the area after last year’s performance in Pula. Hauser made sure to thank the Mayor of Umag and the Director of Istra Tourism, who also attended the press conference, for enabling the concert. Stjepan also invited “all people of good will, but also the bad ones – all music lovers” to come and cheer at the concert.
He continued, “the best drummer in our band” in Pula, Dusan Kranjc, who for three years has played in the band, said that 2Cellos travel the world the entire summer. They arrived in Croatia after they held concerts in Greece, Switzerland and Germany. And waiting for them still is Mexico, Brazil…
Hauser said that after ten times going around the Earth, that he can conclude that the phrase “home is beautiful” is not a phrase. (Meaning it is the truth – there’s no place like home) And his father always said the same thing, without having gone anywhere from Istria in his life, so Hauser asked Jokingly, how he could know.
After making fun of his father, he did not forget to tell his parents what anyone could wish for…
Hauser said that he will attend the finals of the tournament, and he admitted that it would be the first time that he is viewing a live tennis match. He jokingly added that he wondered what would happen to his neck if he was watching (from having to move the head left and right, watching the call).
He also announced a new album, of which he said they are very proud, and added that it should come out in January or February of 2015. During which course they will be recording some the videos of the songs from that album.
The event organizer, Veseljko Buić from agencies VIB, added that the third member of the band (Luka Sulic) could not come due to urgent private commitments that had arisen.
Arlen Brozić, director of corporate affairs and Istraturist, said that during the last ten days of the start of the jubilee Vegeta Croatia Open the Stella Maris has had more than 80,000 guests, making them was the point – interesting events complete vacation.
Umag Mayor, Villa Bassanese, thanked 2CELLOS for the upcoming performance, which after ATP will be the focus of events in Croatia.
Autograph Session Announced As A Gift To The Istrian Audience
We also learned that upon completion of the Umag concert, which begins at 21:30, Stjepan Hauser and Luka Sulic together with Dušan Kranjč have organized socializing with the attendees of the concert. They will be signing autographs and encourage fans to bring their CD’s to sign. “It will be a gift to the Umag and Istria audience.”
The doors to the stadium open in 20 hours, and in case of bad weather, the concert will be held in the sports hall of Stella Maris in Umag, but the event organizer, Veseljko Buić pointed out that this would only be the ultimate solution, if needed.
Tickets can be purchased at the info points Istria Experience Istraturist Umag in Umag travel agency Damir, in Pazin salon As in Porec and Pula fotoradnji Edi travel agency Maremonti or on the day of the concert at the stadium box office. (A. DAGOSTIN)
IMPORTANT UPDATE – The 2CELLOS Concert which was scheduled for tomorrow night at the Umag ATP stadium in Stella Maris, has now been canceled due to exceptionally bad weather. A new date is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 5, at 21:30.
Update Soource: GlasIstreHR
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UPDATE FOR THOSE ATTENDING OLIVER & STJEPAN CONCERT ON AUGUST 5th…. DON’T WORRY!!!
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