Classical pianist Ratimir Martinović first performed in Santa Barbara in February of 2012 at Santa Barbara City College Fe Bland Forum. Mr. Martinović returned for a second performance in February 2013 at the Music Academy of the West’s Hahn Hall. Santa Barbara classical music lovers were treated to works by Chopin, Glière, Mozart and Bach. At present, Mr. Martinović works as Full Professor of Piano at the Academy of Arts, in Novi Sad, Serbia. He is one of the founders of the International Festival KotorArt and director of its music program called Don Branko’s Music Days.
Entertaining, informative, and a look to the future was what everyone experienced who attended the Santa Barbara – Kotor Sister City event at the Music Academy of the West, on Sunday October 2nd.
Guests enjoyed original music created and performed by musicians from the department of music UCSB and Montenegro, along with performances by celebrated guitarist MILOŠ and the Crown Prince of Montenegro, Nicholas Petrovich-Njegoš. A documentary exploring the history of the U.S. and Montenegro and an emotional look back at 13 years of Sister City exchanges between Santa Barbara and Kotor were the highlights of the evening.
Dignitaries from both Sister Cities were on hand as Santa Barbara’s, Dr. Ichak K. Adizes, was awarded the newly established American Montenegro – USA Friendship Award under the patronage of the President of Montenegro, Mr. Milo Djukanović.
Ratimir Martinović, along with Helene Schnieder, presented the ME&US Fund (Montenegro & United States) a project initiated by Santa Barbara – Kotor Sister Cities, KotorArt, the SJL Foundation and the Don Branko Sbutega Foundation. With its mission to strengthen the civil and cultural ties between the two countries and their citizens.