New York – Slovenia and Croatia marked the 30th anniversary of their UN membership in New York on Sunday with a concert by world-renowned Slovenian-Croatian duo 2Cellos, who thus started their farewell world tour.
The concert at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn was also marked by expressions of solidarity with Ukraine in the face of Russian aggression.
Ukrainian Ambassador to the UN Sergiy Kyslytsya also attended the concert along with Slovenian and Croatian ambassadors to the UN Boštjan Malovrh and Ivan Šimonović.
Slovenia and Croatia as well as Bosnia-Herzegovina were accepted to the UN on 22 May 1992. All three will mark the anniversary with various events.
2Cellos were picked for the celebration as Luka Šulić comes from Maribor, his father being a Croat and his mother a Slovenian, and Stjepan Hauser from Pula, Croatia.
They both graduated at the Academy of Music in Zagreb. Šulić then continued his studies in Vienna and they both studied in the UK, although at different institutions.
They have so far released five albums of instrumental covers of well-known rock and pop songs as well as classical and film music. They rose to fame in 2011 with the release of Smooth Criminal, which became an instant hit on YouTube.
The duo performs internationally and has been featured on several American television series including Glee and The Bachelor. In 2018 2Cellos performed the UEFA Champions League Anthem ahead of the 2018 UEFA Champions League Final between Real Madrid and Liverpool.
The concert at the Barclays Center marks the start of the duo’s farewell world tour, which will in the US continue in Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Colorado, Nevada and California.