Belgrade Philharmonic concert takes us to Italy

The Belgrade Philharmonic will be serving an Italian concert menu at Kolarac Hall on Friday, October 22 at 8:00 p.m. The concert will be marked by two debuts – conductor Daniel Smith and violinist Sergei Dogadin, who will be performing for the first time with the Belgrade Philharmonic. Tickets are on sale at the Belgrade Philharmonic’s box-office and online.

Everyone who craves the splendors of Italy will enjoy this sumptuous and popular program of Italian musical Romanticism. The repertoire includes opera overtures by Rossini and Verdi, the Silken Ladder and the Sicilian Vespers. At the end of the concert – all roads lead to Rome! The dazzling Pines of Rome by Ottorino Respighi will evoke the Eternal City through these familiar trees. With this work, the audience will be able to “stroll” from the garden of the Villa Borghese, through the catacombs of Campagna, to Janiculum Hill and the Appian Way, all the way to Rome’s Capitoline Hill.

The famous Concerto for Violin and Orchestra by Finnish composer Jan Sibelius represents a “northerly” departure in relation to most of the repertoire. It is performed by Sergei Dogadin, the winner of the Gold Medal at the Tchaikovsky Competition and one of the brightest stars of the Russian violin school, who is building a career all over Russia and the world.

Conductor Daniel Smith is the perfect choice to conduct us through this musical journey through Italy. Although originally from Australia, he has been living in Rome for more than 20 years. He swiftly gained an international reputation after winning first prize, the Golden Conductor’s Baton and the Orchestra’s Choice Award, at the UNESCO International Conducting Competition, and since 2017 he has been the chief guest conductor of the Carlo Felice Theater in Genoa, Italy.