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Dalia Lazar has Carnegie Hall recital on January 27th 2010 at 7:30 pm
Dalia Lazar is Croatian pianist who had concerts and recitals in the United States, Israel, Russia, Switzerland, Greece, Venezuela, Croatia, Mexico, etc. At the age of sixteen she was admitted to Moscow's P.I. Tchaikovsky Conservatory. She has perfomed throughout former Soviet Union. She will perform a recital in memory of Maria Curcio on Wednesday, January 27th 2010 at 7:30 pm at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York.

Robert Herjavec Croatian-born Canadian entrepreneur, businessman and TV star
Herjavec began his career with IBM mainframe sales but in 1990 founded BRAK Systems which soon became Canada's top provider of Internet security software. BRAK Systems was sold to AT&T in 2000 for $100 million. Subsequently Herjavec founded and runs The Herjavec Group, a fast-growing security software company.

Ivo Josipovic, Croatia’s new president, to write an opera on John Lennon
Croatia’s new president, Ivo Josipovic, who won in a runoff on Sunday, is a bona fide classical composer. He majored in composition at the Zagreb Music Academy, graduating in 1983. From 1987-2004 he was a lecturer at the same school. Since 1991, he has been director of the Zagreb Music Biennale, one of the more prestigious contemporary music festivals.

Vrijeme i Zemlja frontman Nenad Bach to release EP later this year

Zoran Tuckar of called Vrijeme i Zemlja "the most talented Croatian band of all time." In his last statements before he died, famed Croatian music critic, Darko Glavan said regarding Vrijeme i Zemlja that it was "a project that essentially expanded the boundaries of the possible." This year Vrijeme i Zemlja's frontman and the Nenad Bach Band will release an EP featuring all new material. 

Maksim Mrvica Croatian pianist
Maksim Mrvica found himself to be the focus of intense media interest and he made frequent television appearances as well as giving a great number of interviews. His album The Piano Player gave a new spin to compositions by Handel and Chopin. It has been very successful, particularly in Asia, where it has achieved Gold status in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and China, Platinum in Taiwan and Croatia and Double Platinum in Hong Kong.

Grapes from Croatia, Hungary and Slovenia are gaining a following
 'Try the Pannonhalmi Tricollis," the bartender at Ardesia advised me. A wine bar in midtown Manhattan, it had only been open for a few months. Were they already trying to unload their unpronounceable-hence unsalable-wines? Or did I look like an easy mark, the sort who would fall for a wine that had as many consonants as it did vowels? On the other hand, it only cost $7 a glass.

Happy birthday to maestro Vladimir Krpan in Zagreb
Maestro Vladimir Krpan, born on January 11, 1938, is distinguished Croatian pianist and professor at the Academy of Music in Zagreb. Among his former students are such celebrities like Maksim Mrvica and Martina Filjak. We invite you to listen to  his students playing a well known tune "Happy Birthday to You" in relaxed and entertaining atmosphere.

Zoran Orlic's work is featured on new Wilco DVD
 Zoran Orlic is a Croatian-born fine arts photographer with a flair for revealing the many moods of rock photography. Orlic's passion for the camera and music has led him to capture rock bands on film for the last seventeen years. Most recently noted for his work with The Frames, Wilco and Lucinda Williams, Orlic's snapshots have appeared in numerous magazines, newspapers, websites and music packaging.

Martina Filjak interview of the winner of the 2009 Cleveland Competition
Martina Filjak gave a very intersting interview on the occasion of her 1st prize won at the prestigious 2009 Cleveland International Piano Competition. The critical praise and general buzz she received for her performances during the final rounds have been merited, given the brilliance, sensitivity and imagination of her playing.

Jaksa Cvitanic a leading expert in Mathematical Finance
Jakša Cvitanić is Professor of Mathematical Finance at Caltech. Prior to joining Caltech in 2005, he held positions as Professor of Mathematics and Economics at USC and Associate Professor of Statistics at Columbia University. He is regarded as a leading expert in mathematical finance. Professor Cvitanić was born in the city of Split, Croatia, and completed his studies of mathematics at the University of Zagreb.

Merry Christmas Happy New Year 2010 Happy Holidays Blagoslovljen Božić
Merry Christmas Happy New Year 2009 Happy Holidays Blagoslovljen Božić Sretna Nova 2010 Happy Hanukkah Happy Kurban Bajram  Happy Kwanzaa. We wish to all of us THE WORLD PEACE more transparency in human behavior and a safe planet. NO MORE WARS. No Fear in a new decade.

Miroslav Tudjman kandidat za predsjednika Republike Hrvatske
Prof.dr. Miroslav Tuđman: politički i gospodarski uspješna Hrvatska nije moguća bez zajedništva domovinske i iseljene Hrvatske. Iseljena je Hrvatska zaslužna za stvaranje hrvatske države, ali je i šansa za naš brži oporavak i gospodarski razvoj. I sada je priljev sredstava od dijaspore veći od 3% BDP-a.

Miho Demovic: Two millenia of St Paul's shipwreck near the Croatian island of Mljet
 Dr Miho Demović is the editor of important collection of articles from a scientific meeting dealing with "Ignjat Đurđević and the Dubrovnik tradition of St Paul's shipwreck tradition in the waters around Croatian island of Mljet." The monograph written by top Croatian scholars has been published in Zagreb in 2009, 418 pp. It provides credible proofs that St Paul's shipwreck occured in the waters of Mljet, and not Malta.

Martina Filjak playing an adventurous and demanding program in New York 2009
The Croatian pianist Martina Filjak spent her 31st birthday on Monday hard at work. She gave her New York recital debut at Zankel Hall, playing an adventurous and demanding program. It was part of Ms. Filjak's prize for winning the prestigious Cleveland International Piano Competition earlier in 2009.

NFCA Fall 2009 newsletter is now available
The Fall issue of the Croatian American Advocate, published by the National Federation of Croatian Americans is now available. Read about NFCA efforts in Washington, D.C. and what you can do to support this organization and their work.

Ljeposlav Perinic 1922-2005 the King of Dolls
The King of Dolls Ljeposlav Perinić 1922-2005 was born in the city of Split, Croatia. After 1945 he lived in Argentina. His collection comprises dolls in national costumes donated by kings, queens, presidents, first ladies and prime ministers from about 120 countries. The collection is kept in Ethnographic Museum in Croatia's capital Zagreb. On the photo is the proud King with the dolls from Pakistan and India donated by Benazir Bhutto and Indira Gandhi.

A new monograph: Croatia - Aspects of Art, Architecture and Cultural Heritage
 A group of scholars (Stjepan Ćosić, Branko Kirigin, John Wilkes, Sheila McNally, Christopher de Hamel, Donal Cooper, David Ekserdjian, Timothy Clifford, Marcus Binney, Brian Sewell and Josko Belamaric) prepared the following monograph with an introduction by John Julius Norwich, Croatia: Aspects of Art, Architecture and Cultural Heritage (Frances Lincoln), 224 pp. On the left St Vlaho (St Blasius) with grey beard, protector of the city of Dubrovnik, and St Paul.

Original Zinfandel, Crljenak Kaštelanski, arrives in the United States

The almost extinct Dalmatian grape varietal Crljenak Kaštelanski has been resurrected and replanted by one of Croatia’s top winemakers, Zlatan Plenkovic. The first shipment of Zlatan Crljenak arrived in the U.S. two weeks ago! Zlatan Crljenak comes from Plenkovic’s vineyards in Makarska. It is a vibrant, youthful and very intriguing Croatian Zin.

Vjekoslav Sutej 1951-2009 distinguished Croatian conductor
Vjekoslav Šutej was born in Rijeka, Croatia. He has conducted concerts with famous opera stars: José Carreras, Montserrat Caballé, Diana Ross, Placido Domingo, Roman Vargas, Mario Guleghin, etc. He also directed the first four concerts Christmas in Vienna with Placido Domingo and José Carreras. So far, more than a million copies of compact disks from these concerts have been sold. He founded the Royal Symphonic Orchestra in Sevilla, Spain.

Sanja Jovanovic Croatian swimmer with a new world record in 2009
 Sanja Jovanović won her new gold medal at the European Swimming Championship held in Istanbul, Turkey, December 12th 2009. And not only this, she broke the world record on 50 m backstroke,  with 25.70 s. This is her fourth world record in swimming at international competitions. Duje Draganja won silver medal 100 m mixed style.

400 years of Croatians in Austria's capital Vienna
Krowotendörfel, ie Croatian Village, was the name of a small village near Vienna which dissappeared in 1683 during the second Turkish seige of the city. In 1529 Croatian troups defended Vienna under their own national flag, see on the photo, during the first Turkish siege. An important exhibition 400 Years of Croatians in Vienna (400 Jahre Kroaten in Wien) is held  until the end of January 2010 in Amthaus Wieden, Favoritenstrasse 18, Vienna.

Miro Gavran's premieres in the Czech Republic, Japan and Romania
Croatian writer Miro Gavran will have three foreign premieres in just five days in three different countries. My Wife's Husband on December 13 at the Slezska Divadlo Opava in Czech Republic, How To Kill the President  on December 16 at the IWATO Theatre in Japan, and All About Women  at the CLASIC IOAN SLAVICI Theatre in Arad in Romania on December 18.

Professors Z. Drmac and K. Veselic received prestigeous SIAM math prize
Two distinguished Croatian mathematicians, professors Zlatko Drmač, University of Zagreb, Croatia, and Krešimir Veselić on the  photo, professor emeritus of the University of Hagen, Germany, received a prestigeous 2009 Linear Algebra Prize from the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics - SIAM, for the best scientific work published in the preceding three years in the field of Linear Algebra.

Romano Sole is among the best Croatian musicians in Germany
Romano Sole, born in Split, he studied music and at a young performed with many big names on the Split music scene. His song "Niz Vrijeme" was voted number 7 of the Split Radio top ten list for 1995. Fate would send him to Germany where he continued his musical endeavors and would succeed both as an artist and producer. He was named the best Croatian diaspora musician by Matica Hrvatska in 2008.

Ivan Mestrovic's Pieta sold at Sotheby's in London
Ivan Meštrović's Pieta was sold at Sotheby's in London for 8,750 GBP. It was the only drawing among 100 works of art offered within the section  of "19th & 20th Century European Sculpture". Unusually, the drawing represents the head of Christ to be above the Virgin, appearing to shelter her.

Branko Katalinic Croatian scientist directing DAAAM in Vienna for 20 years
Branko Katalinić, professor of robotics at the Technical University in Vienna, Austria, has founded a prestigeous international association DAAAM in 1990. In 2009 the 20th annual conference of DAAAM has been organized in Vienna. Among the past conferences, four of them have been organized in Croatia: in Dubrovnik, twice in Opatija and in Zadar. The DAAAM comprises more than fifty member states and hundreds of international organizations.

Japanese Ambassador in Croatia, H.E. Yoshio Tamura uses CroTram to go to work
We as a new nation, but an old civilization, should look into other cultures as an inspiration in behavior. Japan, the third largest economy in the world, certainly gives us that opportunity. Are we capable of recognizing these values? That will remain to be seen. Your Excellency Yoshio Tamura, WELCOME to Croatia! We are honored to have you in our country.

Croatians in the Banja Luka bishopric in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Dr. Franjo Komarica, bishop of Banja Luka on the left, warmly accepted a group of visitors from Zagreb. He described the life of Croatians from that part of BiH, now scattered throughout the world, as very difficult. Those rare who returned have problems from existential to unsecured basic human rights, as witnessed by the bishop.

Matko Marusic as a student of medicine in Zagreb 40 years ago
The home town of professor Matko Marušić is Split, on the Adriatic coast, some 200 miles south of Zagreb; that is where his parents lived, and what he calls "home". Interestingly, more than 40 years later, in 2008, he returned to live and work in Split, where he today serves as the Dean of the University of Split School of Medicine. We provide an excerpt from his 630-page anthology of 31 humorous stories about medicine.

Damir Halilic Hal Croatian fingerpicking guitar virtuoso
At the moment you think everything that can be said with an acoustic guitar has already been said, there will be a voice from somewhere in the world, and may it be Croatia, that suddenly tells you new stories... Hal (on the photo) plays in the best American fingerstyle tradition, but there always is this little something, this little extra, that makes his playing unique. Hey people, listen to him, this guy is great! Thomas Kleemaier.

UNESCO included seven cultural elements of Croatia a world cultural treasure
In 2009 UNESCO included seven elements of Croatia a world cultural treasure: Annual carnival bell ringers' pageant from the Kastav area, The festivity of Saint Blaise (the patron of Dubrovnik), Lacemaking in Croatia (aloe lace on the left), Procession Za Križen, Spring procession of Ljelje/Kraljice (queens) from Gorjani, Traditional manufacturing of children's wooden toys in Hrvatsko Zagorje, Two-part singing and playing in the Istrian scale.

Votive chapel of gifts at Mary's Trsat sanctuary near Rijeka
The votive chapel at Trstat sanctuary near the city of Rijeka has been constructed by Peter Kružić, a legendary Croatian defender from the16th century. It is dedicated to the protector of seamen, Saint Nicholas. The sanctuary has been visited by late Pope John II during his Apostolic visit to Rijeka in 2003, on the photo with Ivan Devčić, the Rijeka archbishop.

Konvoj Libertas plovi prema hrvatsko-slovenskoj granici 7. studenog 2009.
Znameniti Konvoj Libertas plovi prema hrvatsko-slovenskoj granici 7. studenog 2009. Priključite se! Kontakt: Zvonimir Šeparović, na e-mail  adresu (u zaglavlje staviti Konvoj Libertas). Ugroženi su hrvatski nacionalni interesi. A famous convoy Libertas sails to the Croatian-Slovenian border on November 7th, 2009. Join! Croatian national interests are in danger.

Davorin Rudolf's appeal to Croatian Parliament to reject humiliating dictates
Academician Davorin Rudolf's open letter to Croatian Parliament on the new Croatian-Slovenian arbitration agreement dealing with the common state border:  ... We invite and appeal to the representatives of Croatian Parliament to ... unanimously reject the dictates and blackmails that humiliate us ... 

5th Festival of Croatian Music in Vienna Austria 5 Nov - 1 Dec 2009
  The 5th Festival of Croatian Music in Vienna, Austria, will take place from 5th Nov to 1st Dec 2009. Among many interesting musical events we are pleased to announce the concert by Zagreb Philharmony conducted by maestro Ivan Repušić on the left, with Martina Filjak on piano, to be held on 8th Nov 2009 in the famous Musikverein Grosser Saal, 19.30.

Nenad Hancic-Matejic from Germany created a new Croatian Glagolitic font
Nenad Hančić-Matejić from Düsseldorf, Germany, created a new Croatian Glagolitic quickscript font called  "Croatica" available via his web site, and described in Croatian, German and English languages. It is a result of four year's hard work. It will be useful both for amateurs and professionals.

Vukovar was the target of more than 1,500,000 grenades in 1991
In 1991 the city of Vukovar in Croatia, on the Danube river, was the target of more than 1,500,000 grenades of all kinds of sizes in just a few months, and more than 13,500 houses were devastated. A favorite target during the Serbian aggression was 50m high water tower, on the left. The city is the birthplace of professor Lavoslav Leopold Ružička, distinguished expert in chemistry, one among three Croatian Nobel Prize winners.

Giovanna Drpic covers the news in New York City

Giovanna Drpic has been a general assignment reporter with My 9 News since April 2005. Drpic joined My9 from WKMG in Orlando, Florida. New York's diversity was a big draw for Drpic, especially since she's Bolivian, Peruvian, German and Croatian. And about her last name - no, it's not a typo. And, yes, people have told her, on more than one occasion, to please buy a vowel!

Miro Gavran's book published in Chinese language
  Miro Gavran's novel How We Broke Our Legs is published in Beijing, PR of China by World Affairs Press. The translation into Chinese has been done by Kewein Yan. The prefaces to the novel have been written by Chen Haosu and Ante Simonić. To date, this novel has come out in five editions in Croatian.

Croatia's gold medal winning wines
Croatia's discovery continues, with wine experts now realising what locals, and those in the know, have  been aware of for many years. The recent Decanter World Wine Awards gave eight gold medals to Croatian wines, whilst Argentina could only muster, seven and Chile four.

Croatian beaches and the art of Picigin
As much an art form as a sport, it's something like volleyball on water, but with a much smaller ball, and, at its best, in the style of a football player taking a spectacular professional dive. Though there's much rivalry between areas, Split's Bačvice beach is considered to be the true home of the game which is ideally played with five players and a "bald" tennis ball.

Croatia - Aspects of Art, Architecture and Cultural Heritage
The book "Croatia: Aspects of Art, Architecture and Cultural Heritage" includes  contributions by leading British, American and Croatian writers and scholars. John Julius Norwich says in the book's introduction: "To the traveller arriving in Croatia from across the Adriatic, the land seems indeed to have been blessed by providence.  Nowhere in the whole Mediterranean will you find an interplay of land and sea more breathtakingly lovely than along the Dalmatian Coast."

LADO Croatia’s Acclaimed Folk Dance Ensemble to Perform in North America
LADO's fall tour of the U.S. and Canada is the climax of the 60th anniversary celebration of the founding of the ensemble. Eleven performances are scheduled in eight cities, full-production concerts and choral concerts combined. The mission of LADO goes well beyond performing dances that have been central to Croatian culture for generations.

Regatta to the beach
From his very beginnings, man has been competing with Nature, trying to become faster and stronger in conquering space and time, constantly stretching boundaries of his capabilities, putting before himself tougher and more difficult tasks, achieving better results and new records. There is one regatta in which all of these reasons and motives fall short. To be more exact, they fall into the sea.

Miletich Fighting Systems, Home of Champions, Past Present and Future
Often known as "The Croatian Sensation" Pat Miletich at the age of 26 began to train for the MMA. He had already trained in a variety of martial arts including karate, kickboxing, and boxing. He was very much inspired by the boxing aspirations of his uncle, Johnny "Miler" Miletich who was present at the 1932 Olympics in Los Angeles as part of the boxing squad.

Stjepan Veckovic founder of Croatian Bagpipe Orchestra
 Stjepan Večković on the photo is a founder of the Croatian Bagpipe Orchestra. Bagpipes are usually  associated to Ireland and Scotland, but Croatian bagpipe tradition is much older. Recently an International Bagpipe Festival has been organized in the village of Mihovljan near Zagreb. According to Mr. Večković, there is no country in the world that could compete Croatia in the variety of traditional national musical instruments.

Srdjan Bulat impresses judges with music and technical ability
 The winner of the 6th annual Ferdo Livadic international competition for young musical artists in Samobor was Srdjan Bulat from Split (left). He impressed the judges with his selections and technical ability.

Marie Spaemann a student of maestro Valter Despalj wins the first prize
Marie Spaemann on the left is a young German violoncellist studing at the Zagreb Academy of Music in the class of maestro Valter Dešpalj, distinguished Croatian musician and educator. She has recently won the first prize at the prestigeous 16th "Johannes Brahms" international competition for young musicians organized in Poertschach in Austria.

Zvonimir Janko and Yakov Berkovich authors of important math monograph
Israeli mathematician Yakov Berkovitch and Croatian mathematician Zvonimir Janko have published a voluminous joint monograph "Groups of Prime Power Order", part II, comprising 520 pp. Professor Janko is known for the discovery of his famous sporadic groups J1, J2, J3, and J4. The discovery of J1 in 1964 has launched the quest for other sporadic groups. He is one of originators of the theory of p-groups.

Zeljko Brkanovic distinguished Croatian composer
Renwned German composer Erhard Karkoschka commented on the music written by Željko Brkanović on the left: "I have already encountered and learnd to appreciate his music at the concerts of the Zagreb Biennale... What I noticed in particular is a differentiated use of instruments, which makes his orchestral works very interesting due to sudden shifts. In the same manner the formal structure and logically controlled lines always make a convincing impression."

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