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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Melissa Bean

United States Congresswoman

Melissa Luburic Bean (born on January 22, 1962) is an American politician of Serbian descent who was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 2004. Bean graduated from Roosevelt University and is a Democrat, representing Illinois' 8th Congressional district in the northwestern suburbs of Chicago (map). She lives in Barrington with her husband and two children. She is president of a major consulting firm.

In 2002, Bean ran against 33-year 8th District Republican incumbent Phil Crane. She lost, but gained 43% of the vote—a stunning total since she received almost no funding from the national party. The 8th had long been considered the most Republican district in the Chicago area, and according to some in all of Illinois. Bean's performance was even more stunning since the 8th had reportedly been redrawn to protect Crane. Several former Republican primary opponents and Democratic general election opponents had their homes drawn into the neighboring 10th District.

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All Roads Lead to Jackson

Serbian American Contributions in Amador County, California, since the Gold Rush
Milina Jovanović offers a unique compilation of individual and family immigration stories that include enormous contributions to the development of California and significant community involvement. In this version of people’s history she chronicles how Serbian Americans have strengthened community, region, state, and country through the endeavors and struggles of 150 years. This book also focuses on women’s contributions that are too often overlooked. Ms. Jovanović’s study reveals that Jackson not only remains an original and symbolic home to Serbian Americans and Serbian Orthodox religion, but also an oasis where the Serbian community has preserved its positive reputation and social influence.

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