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- 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

Vladimir Kulenović

Following the completion of his post-graduate conducting studies at the Juilliard School, Vladimir Kulenovic was named Associate Conductor of Utah Symphony | Utah Opera in the U.S., Principal Conductor of the Kyoto International Music Festival in Japan and Resident Conductor of the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra in Serbia. His recent guest conducting engagements included collaborations with renowned orchestras in the US, Europe in Asia, as well as illustrious soloists including Leon Fleisher, Mischa Maisky, Akiko Suwanai, Joseph Silverstein and Augustin Hadelich, to name but a few.

This season in Europe, Kulenovic leads Leipzig Symphony, Belgrade Philharmonic, Slovenian Philharmonic, Zagreb Philharmonic and Macedonian Philharmonic. Following his debut in Asia at the Kyoto Music Festival, he led two critically acclaimed performances with Evergreen Symphony at the National Concert Hall in Taipei, and will return there in 2013/14. In the U.S., Kulenovic will conduct the final concert of the 2012/13 Utah Symphony subscription season in Abravanel Hall, make his debut with the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra in Michigan, and conduct the Jacksonville Symphony as one of 6 top emerging conductors chosen by the League of American Orchestras for the biannual Bruno Walter National Conducting Preview.

Recent engagements include performances with the Beethoven-Orchester Bonn at Beethovenhalle, Leipzig Symphony Orchestra, National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, Belgrade and Slovenian Philharmonic, Juilliard Orchestra at Lincoln Center, Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss am Rhein, Verbier, Aspen, Salzburg Mozarteum and Cabrillo festival orchestras, and benefit a performance of Mozart’s Requiem with members of New York Choral Society and Juilliard Orchestra, which raised significant funds for Japan’s Disaster Relief Fund.

An alumnus of the Juilliard School, Kulenovic was awarded the Charles Schiff Conducting Prize for Excellence upon the completion of his post-graduate studies with James DePreist and Alan Gilbert. In addition to his formal studies, he continuously worked with Kurt Masur since 2008 in New York, Bonn, Leipzig and Verbier. As the Conducting Fellow at the Verbier Festival, Kulenovic conducted the Festival Orchestra in two internationally televised performances on Medici TV and was subsequently invited to serve as the conducting assistant to Kurt Masur at the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. In addition, Kulenovic also had the honor to prepare the orchestra at the Dubrovnik Festival for Zubin Mehta.

Recipient of the Sir Georg Solti Career Assistance Award, Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Scholarship, and Bruno Walter Memorial Scholarship, Kulenovic was the cover conductor of the Baltimore Symphony and Baltimore Opera and graduated from the Peabody Institute under the tutelage of Gustav Meier. He also served as a conducting fellow at the Aspen Music Festival, Salzburg Mozarteum and Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music.

Mr. Kulenovic was awarded the prestigious Alfred B. Whitney Prize for the Highest Scholastic Achievement at the Boston Conservatory, where he graduated summa cum laude as Valedictorian, earning degrees in Conducting and Piano Performance. As a pianist, Mr. Kulenovic won the 2nd Prize at the Rubinstein International Piano Competition in Paris.

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Bishop Danilo (Krstić)

Born on May 13, 1927 in Novi Sad, Danilo studied law in Belgrade, and graduated from Sorbonne in literature in 1952. From 1954 to 1958 he studied theology at the Saint Sergius’ Academy in Paris. While studying in Paris, he became acquainted with Bishop John of Shanghai, and he underwent a spiritual renewal. His doctoral thesis On Divine Philanthropy: From Plato to John Chrysostom, he completed under Fr George Florovsky at Harvard in 1968 (under the title: St. John Chrysostom as the Theologian of Divine Philanthropy; reprinted in Theologia, Athens, 1983).

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Welcome to the Sebastian Press Publishing House of the Western Diocese!

Founded in 2006 and named in honor of a first American born Orthodox priest, Fr. Sebastian Dabovic, a pioneer of the Orthodox Church in the West, Sebastian Press is one of the largest and most active publishers of Christian Orthodox publications on the West Coast.

Our hard working staff seeks to fruitfully enrich and deepen the faith of Christians from all over the world with a variety of titles, embracing a diversity of Orthodox Traditions, while also presenting the works of Serbian theologians.

Sebastian Press is building its reputation for promoting high quality theological, historical, ecclesiastical, spiritual, hagiographical, iconographical, philosophical and patristic writings in its repertoire. Also, due to growing demand, we are giving special attention to the publishing of new titles for children, teens, and families, including video and audio programs.

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