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

Marta Milosevic-Brankovic

Marta Milosevic-Brankovic was born in Belgrade, Serbia. She has captured the attention of audience and critics alike since her concerto debut at Ganz Rudolph Hall in Chicago in 2005 where one of the most famous pianists alive, Abbey Simon (Professor at the Juilliard School) personally attended the concert and highly acclaimed her performance of Bach and Chopin. At the age of six Marta took her first piano lesson and already a year later she played her first public concert. She was 21 when she graduated at the Music Art Academy in Belgrade as the youngest student with the highest GPA in the generation. She received her early musical training in class of Russian Professor Jakuthon Mlhailovich, a graduate from the Moscow Conservatory. At the same time she has also completed Media studies at the University of Art in Belgrade. During her studies, she worked with eminent artists from her country and auended a number of piano master courses of the following Professors: Sijavus Gadzijev (Moscow). Tamara Stefanovic (Koeln). Dr. David Abot (Zurich-New York), Dr. Tatjana Rankovich (New York), Dr. Omitry Rachmanov (Chicago-New York) and many others.

In the summer of 2005 Marta was given scholarship to participate in the famous International Keyboard Institute and Festival (IKIF) in New York where she worked with concert performers such as Jerome Rose, Fabio Bidini, Dr. Dmitry Bashirov, Viktor Rosenbaum, Michael Oelbaum and Irina Morozova and she had couple of highly acclaimed performances.

Marta started her international career in her early twenties. As a solo pianist and chamber musician she received a number of first prizes in her homeland, scholarships and foreign prizes such as: the second prize at the International Competition Nikolai Rubinstein in Paris. the third prize at Carlo Ceki International Competition in Rome.

Recently the Ministry of Culture in Serbia awarded her with special scholarship for gifted young artists who are making successful solo career in the United States.

Marta recorded for radio and television In Belgrade and in Chicago. She also recorded four TV video clips with works of Chopin, Schoenberg, Ligeti and Bartok for national TV programs. They are an interesting mixture of techno sound incorporated in traditional classical piano sound. In 2002, she had a role of pianist performer of Schoenberg works and a role of main protagonist in an experimental movie. The movie was awarded the First prize at the International Festival of Short and Documentary Film in Belgrade. She has also appeared in couple of different movies during the 2005 as a performer and as an actor. Marta spent one year at the Roosevelt University in the special section called Chicago College of Performing Arts where she received a scholarship for starting Master degree in Piano Performance in the studio of well known Russian-Jewish Professor Dmitry Rachmanov: At the same time she has finished Master degree in Belgrade at the University of Art in department sponsored by European Union in the subject about Theory of Performance.

Marta lives in Miami, Florida where she has recently finished Master Program in piano performance at Florida International University in studio of well known concert performer and Professor Kemal Gekic. She received a lull scholarship for her studies. So far Marta has given more than fifty solo concerts in Europe and in her home country. She gave performances In Miami at the Yamaha Piano Music Center in February of 2007 and in the Wertheim Hall at FIU in May.

From January 2006 she played in numerous halls including Carnival Center (New Opera House) where she participated two times in the Subtropics Festival performing Cage music and in Bass Museum. where she performed Cuban and Austrian music.

In November of 2007 she appeared couple of times as a soloist with FlU Wind Ensemble. In March of 2008 Marta had highly acclaimed solo concerts in Porto Vita Villa Grande in Aventura. Steinway Gallery in Coral Gables and In Bass Museum of Art.

During 2009 among numerous recitals in South Florida back by popular demand cycle at the Bass Museum of Art, organized a special recital for Marta for 300 people.

Source: Official Web Site


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Stefan Kapicic

Stefan Kapicic was born in Koln, Germany, where he lived for 3 years while his father played professional Basketball. His family returned to Belgrade, Serbia, where he attended high school and later enrolled in the Academy of Philosophy; studying World Literature for two years. Stefan's mother, Beba Zugic is a well known actress in Serbia and with her influence, he grew up wanting to act.

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Holy Emperor Constantine and the Edict of Milan

by Bishop Athanasius (Yevtich)

In 2013 Christian world celebrates 1700 years since the day when the Providence of God spoke through the holy Emperor Constantine and freedom was given to the Christian faith. Commemorating the 1700 years since the Edict of Milan of 313, Sebastian Press of the Western American Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church published a book by Bishop Athanasius Yevtich, Holy Emperor Constantine and the Edict of Milan. The book has 72 pages and was translated by Popadija Aleksandra Petrovich. This excellent overview of the historical circumstances that lead to the conversion of the first Christian emperor and to the publication of a document that was called "Edict of Milan", was originally published in Serbian by the Brotherhood of St. Simeon the Myrrh-gusher, Vrnjci 2013. “The Edict of Milan” is calling on civil authorities everywhere to respect the right of believers to worship freely and to express their faith publicly.

The publication of this beautiful pocket-size, full-color, English-language book, has been compiled and designed by Bishop Athanasius Yevtich, a disciple of the great twentieth-century theologian Archimandrite Justin Popovich. Bishop Athanasius' thought combines adherence to the teachings of the Church Fathers with a vibrant faith, knowledge of history, and a profound experience of Christ in the Church.

In the conclusion of the book, the author states:"The era of St. Constantine and his mother St. Helena, marks the beginning of what history refers to as Roman, Christian Empire, which was named Byzantium only in recent times in the West. In fact, this was the conception of a Christian Europe. Christian Byzantine culture had a critical effect on Europe; Europe was its heir, and then consciously forgot it. Europe inherited many Byzantine treasures, but unfortunately, also robbed and plundered many others for its own treasuries and museums – not only during the Crusades, but during colonial rule in the Byzantine lands as well. We, the Orthodox Slavs, received a great heritage of the Orthodox Christian East from Byzantium. Primarily, Christ’s Gospel, His faith and His Church, and then, among other things, the Cyrillic alphabet, too."