A great man is one who collects knowledge the way a bee collects honey and uses it to help people overcome the difficulties they endure - hunger, ignorance and disease!
- Nikola Tesla

Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.
- Franklin Roosevelt

While their territory has been devastated and their homes despoiled, the spirit of the Serbian people has not been broken.
- Woodrow Wilson

John Alexander Vidović

John Vidovic is a young musician and composer whose talents, work with students, and presence in various musical circles have already created a significant community impact. Mr. Vidovic specializes in classical guitar, music theory and composition. He has been playing guitar for 13 years and has accumulated 11 years of experience as a self-taught pianist.

John studied guitar with Michael McChesney and Barrios scholar Richard Stover, as well as voice with Christopher Bengochea. He graduated from UCLA with a BA in music composition. As a composer, he has 9 years of experience in composition ranging from solo works to large ensembles, including chorus, wind ensemble and orchestra. He has also conducted original choral composition under the direction of Maestro Donald Neuen with the UCLA Chamber Singers in Royce Hall in June 2011. Mr. Vidovic composed choral works for the West Valley College Chamber singers performed at the Finale concerts in May 2009 and December 2011. His main influences include music from Latin America, Romantic era music, and folk music from Eastern Europe.

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Matea Prljevic

As a child growing up in Serbia, music was always a part of my life. Starting with the piano I soon became inspired and fell in love with the classical guitar. I was lucky enough to get into a musical high school in Belgrade where I could focus my entire attention into developing into a mature musician. Besides studying music production, that’s when I became aware of composition and more specifically composition for film.

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Тијана Богићевић

Тијана Богићевић (Нови Сад, 1. новембар 1981) српска је поп и соул певачица. Представља Србију на Песми Евровизије 2017.

Још од раног детињства, Тијана је показивала изузетну склоност ка музици, касније је одредивши као свој животни пут. Као дете је певала на школским приредбама, а док је похађала средњу школу, била је члан хип хоп и денс групе Chess, са којом је снимила неколико демо песама. Почетком своје професионалне музичке каријере сматра 2001. годину, када је упознала Владу Георгиева и почела да наступа са његовим бендом као пратећи вокал.

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Sava Vemić

Sava Vemić (born 1987), bass, comes from Belgrade, Serbia. He is a member of The Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program in the season 2014/2015.

He studied singing in the Music School Mokranjac with prof. Tanja Obrenović and later at the Faculty of Music, University of Arts in Belgrade with prof. Nikola Mijailović. In Mozart’s Magic flute he made his debut as Sarastro at the opera stage of Madlenianum Opera & Theatre in Belgrade. He received scholarships from the International Vocal Arts Institute (IVAI) in 2013 when he sang Bartolo in an IVAI production of Le nozze di Figaro and in July 2014 when he sang Osmin in their production of Die Entführung aus dem Serial in Tel Aviv, Israel. In June 2014 he made his Carnegie Hall debut as Sir Walter Raleigh in Donizetti’s opera Roberto Devereux with The Opera Orchestra of New York led by Mo. Queler. In 2012 he performed at the Esterhazy festival in Haydnsaal, Austria.

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Sofija Knezevic

Born 02.04.1990. in Belgrade, Serbia. Coming from an artistic family Knezevic( famous painters ). After 2 years at the music school `Dr.Vojislav Vuckovic` they transferred her as a very talented young student to the school `Mokranjac`where she graduated in the class of professor Jasna Vukasovic at the Classical Piano Performance department,as well as the department for Theory in Music in the class of Professor Radmila Starcevic. Since she was always interested in Jazz, together with graduating at those two departments in Mokranjac she was attending another high school program at the Jazz Singing department in `Stankovic`. She was awarded the title of The Best Pianist among all the candidates from countries of Eastern Europe when she finished the exams for the final year of regular elementary school in ahead of schedule – in one month total – because she has enrolled secondary music school "Mokranjac" in the previous year. That`s why she was already 1 year ahead of her class. On the IQ test, and Musical IQ test she was the only one with the above average for the regular IQ, and one of 2 people with above average results for the Musical IQ.

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Aleksandra Denda

Aleksandra Denda is an internationally recognized, New York-based music artist.

Over the span of years, she’s been performing and recording throughout USA, Europe, Asia and South America, as a leader and as featured artist in the wide array of musical genres, spanning from Soul to World Music, Brazilian, R&B, and Jazz.

Some of these projects include performances with American Idol's Michael Lynche (aka Big Mike) as his background vocalist, recording with the flamenco star Jose Merce on the Latin Grammy nominated album Mi Unica Llave, and co-founding ROSA the international traditional Serbian all-female a cappella group endorsed by NY Folklore Society.

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Oksana Germain

Oksana Germain, age 17, has been studying classical piano for 12 years. Her love of classical music was obvious from a very young age. Eagerly requesting piano lessons at age five, Oksana began learning locally with Mrs. Vera Rathje and Mrs. Yulia Atoyan. At age 13, Oksana was accepted as a student of world-renowned pedagogue and pianist, the late Dr. Vitaly Margulis, professor at UCLA. She continued her piano studies under Professor Margulis' tutelage until his passing in 2011. Since that time, Oksana has been studying with the dedicated and gifted, international pianist, Dr. Sarkis Baltaian of Los Angeles.

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Andrej Grubačić

Andrej Grubačić is a visionary intellectual, professor, activist and fellow traveler of Zapatista-inspired direct action movements. Currently, Grubačić serves as professor and Chair of the Anthropology and Social Change Department at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. He started his academic career as a historian of 16th century world at the University of Belgrade, Yugoslavia. After the breakup of Yugoslavia, for reasons that were both political and intellectual, he left the country, and reinvented himself as a radical historian and sociologist.

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The Hagia Sophia

The Mystical Light of the Great Church and its Architectural Dress

by Charalambos P. Stathakis

Dear reader, as you run like the rest of us along the dizzy main road, stop, stay aside for a while. Let the others be dizzy, and take the secret underground trail, which will lead you through the dewdrops of the leaves, the crystal smile of the sun, the city’s underground galler- ies, your knowledge, and your feelings, to the doorstep of the Hagia Sophia. Because all dew- drops, all sunrays, and all beauty lead there. That is what you will be told by my friend, the author, whom I am fond of and whom I send you to, Charalambos Stathakis: the doctor, the warm and humane researcher, the scientist devoted to his work and his patients, who has given a series of scientific papers, who, nevertheless, retains a nest of beauty untouched in his heart, which makes him outstanding—even though he is not a specialist in architecture, nor a historian, nor a theologian, nor a Byzantinist—it makes him stand out in all these together and in entirety.

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