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Don Lipovac, Accordionist

1935-2014

Don Lipovac died Saturday morning April 26, 2014 at his home.

This is a set of photos remembering him. There will be more information later.

See also:
http://donlipovac.com/

and, to read or leave comments:
http://donlipovac.com/2014/04/26/don-lipovac-1935-2014/

10-minute video at: http://youtu.be/iLzkBAwdm2U
Also, embedded in a frame below.

The Tamburitzans and the

http://www.kctamburasi.com

Don Lipovac with accordian at Polski days, All Saints Church in all Saints Hall – 8th and Vermont, Kansas City KS
Don Lipovac with accordian at Polski days, All Saints Church in all Saints Hall – 8th and Vermont, Kansas City KS

Don Lipovac with accordian at Polski days, All Saints Church in all Saints Hall – 8th and Vermont, Kansas City KS
Don Lipovac with accordian at Polski days, All Saints Church in all Saints Hall – 8th and Vermont, Kansas City KS (map)

JoAnn and Don Lipovac at Holy Family, just presented with a certificate of appreciation
JoAnn and Don Lipovac at Holy Family, just presented with a certificate of appreciation

Don seated at left - At St. John's - with Hrvatski Obicaj
Don seated at left - At St. John's - with Hrvatski Obicaj


A short 10-minute appreciation using a handful of various clips across a few years.
If this doesn't play here is the URL at YouTube: http://youtu.be/iLzkBAwdm2U

At first I was going to isolate the bits with just Don playing but realized that I couldn't really imagine
Don Lipovac without the community of players, listeners and dancers all around. Further, as Nicole was
gathering information in video about the dances he wanted to make sure we got the full dance info for each
as part of an archive.

Don Lipovac (left) Onstage, preparing to play a session
Onstage, preparing to play a session


Don in the middle, at an outside dance/picnic Croatian festival


Don is at far let, sitting, playing with Hrvatski Obicaj

Don and JoAnn
Polski at All Saints in All Saints Hall, Don and JoAnn

As Don sat here playing for background music for the hall, primarily Polish music for Polski Days.
he would wander from tune to tune, maybe veer off into something by Bach and seeming any other, without dropping a beat or breaking a sweat.
The music just came out of him, as naturally as breathing.

 

 

Don could sometimes seem like a whole orchestra. Really amazing.

Brian McCarty, leader of The Brian McCarty Band, (see http://www.kcpolkas.com ) was kind enough to leave this lovely comment on the page announcing Don's passing
( see the page here - http://donlipovac.com/2014/04/26/don-lipovac-1935-2014/).
I tried to describe it but I really can't so I am giving you the entire quote. Also, just click on the previous link to go to the page for a number of other comments or to leave your own comment.

Brian McCarty says:
April 29, 2014 at 10:25 pm

I believe Don Lipovac was the greatest piano accordionist the world has ever seen. He was in a league all by himself. To say that he was a master of the accordion is an understatement. I never knew Don to try and impress anyone. I only knew him to be personally satisfied for having given his all. He was a kind, gentle-hearted man, who put God first, others second, and self last. Yes, he leaves behind a tremendous legacy of music, but he also leaves an even greater legacy of faith, character, and integrity. I am proud to to have called him friend.


At a kolo (circle) dance, later in the evening as the crowd wound down.Don is leftmost on stage, sitting.

kolo large

 
Don Lipovac

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Unless otherwise noted photos and copyright 2017 Mike Strong KCDance.Com and Mike Strong Photo Gallery and CV Site - Email This Page

Links to other Croatian dance on this site

With the Tamburitzans
http://www.kctamburasi.com

Pictures of Don Lipovac (26 April 2014)
Croatian Kolo 2 Oct 2010
Croatian Days Picnic 5 Jun 2010
Croatian Kolo 30 Jan 2010

Croation Days June 2003 (to be)

 

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AL VIDOVICH, 11/16/2016
I waited too long.

Don & I were in an Army Band at Ft Rucker, Alabama together 1958 & 1959. Before he was in the Army, I believe he had won a national accordion compitition. He probably played bass drum or other percussion in the band. I got out of the band about Aug 1959 to go back to college. In 2015 I thought I would try to find Don. I looked him up on You Tube and found the connection to Kansas City. I am sorry to say that I waited too long. Peace to all!


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