2148 Michelson Dr, Irvine, CA 92612

Gala Dinner & Concert — January 9, 2010

With Spe­cial Guest:
STEFAN MILENKOVIC

It is our dis­tinct plea­sure to invite you to a very spe­cial Gala Din­ner and Con­cert, on Sat­ur­day, Jan­u­ary 9, 2010, at Orange Coun­ty Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter, Samueli The­ater, 600 Town Cen­ter Dr, Cos­ta Mesa, CA. Updat­ed infor­ma­tion con­cern­ing this event will be post­ed on the web­site reg­u­lar­ly.

The event will include renowned Guest Stars from Motion Pic­tures, Tele­vi­sion and Sports. Enter­tain­ment will be pro­vid­ed by:

To sup­port our Parish Build­ing Fund, a Silent Auc­tion will be held at this event. Your dona­tions of valu­able items, such as estate jew­el­ry, fine art or dec­o­ra­tive arts, or vaca­tion and trav­el gifts will be appre­ci­at­ed and will gen­er­ous­ly help to enhance the evening. Please present your valu­able items to the Parish for con­sid­er­a­tion before Jan­u­ary 1, 2010.

Vio­lin­ist Ste­fan Milenkovich is rec­og­nized inter­na­tion­al­ly for both excep­tion­al artistry and his life-long com­mit­ment to human­i­tar­i­an­ism. He came to world atten­tion when, at age 10, he was invit­ed to per­form for the late U.S. Pres­i­dent, Ronald Rea­gan, at the White House “Christ­mas Show”. This per­for­mance was fol­lowed by an invi­ta­tion from the for­mer Sovi­et Pres­i­dent, Mikhail Gor­bachev, to per­form in Bel­grade, Yugoslavia. He has also per­formed twice for Pope John Paul II in Castel­gan­dol­fo, Italy.

His inter­na­tion­al orches­tral appear­ances include the Berlin Sym­pho­ny Orches­tra, the Helsin­ki Phil­har­mon­ic, the Bel­grade Phil­har­mon­ic, the Orches­tra of Radio-France, the Bol­shoi The­atre Orches­tra, the Nation­al Orches­tra of Bel­gium, the Orpheus Cham­ber Orches­tra, the Aspen Cham­ber Sym­pho­ny, the Indi­anapo­lis Sym­pho­ny Orches­tra, the Mex­i­co State Sym­pho­ny, the Orques­tra Sin­fon­i­ca de Esta­do de Sao Pao­lo in Brazil, and the Mel­bourne and Queens­land Sym­phonies in Aus­tralia. He has worked with such renowned con­duc­tors as Lorin Maazel, Daniel Oren, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Lu Jia, Lior Sham­badal and En Shao, among oth­ers. In 2002, he was pro­claimed “Artist of the 20th Cen­tu­ry” in Bel­grade, Yugoslavia.

Mr. Milenkovich is deeply com­mit­ted to inter­na­tion­al human­i­tar­i­an caus­es. He was appoint­ed “Child Ambas­sador” of the First Chil­dren Embassy found­ed in Med­jasi, Yugoslavia, dur­ing the war in Bosnia. In 2002, he received the “Lift­ing Up the World With One­ness Heart” award for his human­i­tar­i­an activ­i­ties, hand­ed to him per­son­al­ly by the guru Sri Chin­moy. Most recent­ly, he received the 2003 “Most Humane Per­son” award in Bel­grade, Yugoslavia. He also par­tic­i­pat­ed in a num­ber of gala con­certs under the aus­pices of UNESCO in Paris, with such artists as Placido Domin­go, Lorin Maazel, Alex­is Weis­senberg and Yehu­di Menuhin.

Mr. Milenkovich’s 2009-10 sea­son includes per­for­mances with the Zagreb Phil­har­mon­ic Orches­tra, Clas­sic FM M-Tel Orches­tra (Bul­gar­ia), Varazdin Cham­ber Orches­tra (Croa­t­ia), Mace­don­ian Phil­har­mon­ic Orches­tra, The Prairie Ensem­ble (US), as well as recitals and cham­ber music per­for­mances at the Ravinia Fes­ti­val (Chica­go), Man­ches­ter Music Fes­ti­val (Ver­mont) , Zagreb Inter­na­tion­al Music Fes­ti­val, Ljubl­jana Fes­ti­val. Also antic­i­pat­ed is the release of two major projects: the “Sara­bande” project, and the record­ing of the 2 Vio­lin Con­cer­tos by Karol Szy­manowsky. Also, soon to be released is a DVD doc­u­men­tary about Mr. Milenkovich.

An avid cham­ber musi­cian, he per­forms reg­u­lar­ly at the Jupiter Cham­ber Music Series in New York City and is the found­ing mem­ber of Corinthi­an Piano trio fea­tur­ing pianist Adam Neiman and cel­list Ani Aznavoo­ri­an. Mr. Milenkovich also per­formed with Itzhak Perl­man at the Perl­man Music Pro­gram on Shel­ter Island, Long Island, where he served on the vio­lin fac­ul­ty from 2000–2004.

Mr. Milenkovich start­ed his career at a young age, per­form­ing with his first orches­tra at age 5. At age 7, he won the grand prize at the Jaroslav Koz­ian Inter­na­tion­al Vio­lin Com­pe­ti­tion. This unprece­dent­ed accom­plish­ment opened oppor­tu­ni­ties and invi­ta­tions to per­form in over 30 coun­tries. At age 16, Mr. Milenkovich played his 1,000th con­cert in Mon­ter­rey, Mex­i­co. That same year, he was either a prizewin­ner or final­ist in the Inter­na­tion­al Vio­lin Com­pe­ti­tion of Indi­anapo­lis (USA), the Queen Elis­a­beth Com­pe­ti­tion (Bel­gium), Han­nover Vio­lin Com­pe­ti­tion (Ger­many), Tibor Var­ga Com­pe­ti­tion (Switzer­land), Rodol­fo Lip­iz­er Com­pe­ti­tion (Italy), Pagani­ni Com­pe­ti­tion (Italy), Lud­wig Spohr Com­pe­ti­tion (Ger­many), and the Yehu­di Menuhin Com­pe­ti­tion (Eng­land).

Mr. Milenkovich’s discog­ra­phy includes 4 releas­es on the Ital­ian label Dynam­ic, and numer­ous record­ings for the Yugosla­vian label, PGP. After teach­ing at the Juil­liard School’s Pre-Col­lege Divi­sion for sev­er­al years, he has recent­ly assumed the posi­tion of Asso­ciate Pro­fes­sor of Vio­lin at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Illi­nois, Urbana-Cham­paign.

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