Charity Concerts for Kolarac were held recently in New York and Washington, and instead of buying tickets, the audience supported the purchase of a concert piano for the Kolarac Endowment.
The Kolarac Foundation in Belgrade occupies a special place in the heart of Serbian artists living abroad. That is why a large number of them responded to the invitation to participate in charity concerts for Kolarac, a global event in which funds will be collected for the purchase of a new concert piano. On Friday, such a concert was held here in Washington, and before that in New York. Read more Spectators in Washington and New York supported their donations to buy piano for the Kolarac Foundation, while at the same time enjoying the performances of artists of Serbian origin in the United States. The Washington concert was held at the Montgomery College concert hall in Rockville with the support of The Orfelin Circle. It was organized by Sanja Grujić-Vlajnić, who is teaching music at this faculty and has for over ten years been developing interest in Serbian music among her American students and colleagues.
Stefan Milenkovich came to international attention at age 10 as a child prodigy violinist. He was invited to perform for the president Reagan, Pope John Paul II and the president Gorbachev.
Mr. Milenkovich international orchestral appearances include many world-renowned orchestras such as the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of Radio France, the Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and the Mexico State Symphony. He worked with such renowned conductors as Lorin Maazel, Daniel Oren, and Vladimir Fedoseyev.
Mr. Milenkovich is deeply committed to the international humanitarian activities. He gave numerous charity performances for the benefit of the children of the war-torn Yugoslavia. He also participated in a number of gala concerts under the auspices of UNESCO. In 2002 he was proclaimed “Artist of the 20th Century” in Belgrade, Yugoslavia.
The "Carpe Diem Ensemble" are students who perform on acoustic, classic, and electric guitars with vocals. The "Carpe Diem" Music and Educational Center from Novi Sad was established as the first music shool in the region with the program designed and adapted to the modern music trends (rock, pop, blues, world music).
Trio Balkan Strings,an internationally acclaimed trio, performs its original guitar music, a fusion of Balkan, Jazz, Swing, Latin and Classical music. The result is an authentic, attractive music with the finest taste and unique interpretation. They invented 6 hands performing on one guitar and that is their trademark.
First prize and the Dolphin statue for being the best instrumental ensemble on the Music World 2004 Italy Festival Internacionale Fivizzano. First prize in the World category of the 2005 USA Songwriting Competition with composition Water-mill, written by Nikola Starcevic, performed by Trio Balkan Strings.
Take a look at some photos from the concert.
Belgrade String Quartet, founded in January 1990, became one of the leading chamber ensembles in Yugoslavia following the Quartet's successful concert activities and wide presence in the media. The Quartet performed at numerous international festivals of chamber music in Belgrade and other cities of former Yugoslavia. The Belgrade String Quartet is also widely present on the international music scene: London 1992, Florence 1993, Regio-Emilia 1994, Treviso 1996 and 1999 and Skopje 2001. In 2000, when the Quartet celebrated the 10th anniversary, it published the first CD titled "Numero Uno" for the Natan recording company. The repertoire of The Belgrade Quartet includes classical works for string quartet as well as contemporary music and various pieces of other music genres adapted for string quartet.
The Teofilović twins, Ratko and Radiša, were born in Čačak, Serbia. There in their hometown they received their first exposure to the world of music in 1983, through the auspices of Predrag Peruničić, a local choir conductor. In their vocal interpretation of the traditional poetic and musical heritage of Serbia and the Balkans they insist on an authentic, never-before-used-form, a two-voice a capella, which has become their professional musical signature, helping them to forge a unique position in the musical landscape of the Balkans.
Their professional recording and concert career began in the early nineties with a recording of thirty musical numbers for national radio and television. 1998 saw the publication of their debut album Čuvari sna (Dream Keepers), and as such was an important turning point in their career. This album, a collection of fifteen traditional Serbian folk songs, was immediately well-received, being warmly greeted both by music professionals and by the public at large.
The Voices of the Century, The Music Art Icons, and the Supreme Artistic Achievement of the Festival, are among the titles and accolades bestowed on the Teofilović twins by the international press and festival organizers. It is in these live concerts that one can sense the incredible richness of their melodic interpretation, the poignant power of their vocal undulation, and the sheer force of their passion and commitment: their power to create a unique music experience that cannot be easily forgotten.
Over the last 40 years, Saban penned over 650 songs bridging all genres from folk, jazz, pop, and even incorporating Latin influences. He has recorded over 20 albums. His songs about love, passion, restless wandering and gambling, served as the blueprint for Goran Bregovic's award winning scores for Emir Kusturica's movies "Time of the Gypsies" and "Underground". Year after year, new generations of music lovers discover this rare artist. Musicians mine his music treasure trove for inspiration.