Maestro Mehta gets big surprise after historic concert with Belgrade Philharmonic
The Belgrade Philharmonic moved the maestro to tears with a song of gratitude for his many years of friendship and support
Link to video – end of concert with Mehta https://youtu.be/afec0DZZflU
The world’s greatest conductor, Maestro Zubin Mehta the Belgrade Philharmonic received a 10-minute standing ovation following the concert, which was stamped in bold letters into the pages of history. After Maestro Mehta and the Belgrade Philharmonic thrilled the audience with a brilliant performance of the symphonies of Beethoven and Brahms, the orchestra and Director Ivan Tasovac thanked their beloved friend for his continuing friendship and support with a big surprise:
The Belgrade Philharmonic thanked its dear friend for his continuing friendship and support by making him a surprise. Suddenly, on cue, dozens of choir singers “hidden” randomly in the audience started to sing “For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow.” The melody was taken up by the orchestra and then also by everyone in the audience, so that the packed Kolarac Hall reverberated with singing to the delight of the visibly moved Maestro Mehta.
The unique Mehta, a giant figure on the music scene, was delighted with the surprise and with the way the orchestra performed. According to him, the dress rehearsal itself was the best possible for him: “The Belgrade Philharmonic has become one of the great European orchestras. They should be recognized everywhere in Europe and in the world. Their chief conductor, Gabriel Feltz, has done an extraordinary job in the last few years. They are far better than they were before. As a conductor I am very happy every time I return. Everyone should support the magnificent Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra,” the maestro said ehead of the gala concert, which will be remembered for a long time.
Tasovac also presented the maestro with a basket full of Serbian delicacies such as ajvar, hot peppers, and other specialties that Mehta loves, made by all the employees of the Belgrade Philharmonic