The Belgrade Philharmonic and Maestro Daniel Raiskin will be performing a program of Russian composers at Kolarac Hall on Friday, October 15, at 8:00 p.m. featuring famous pianist Alexei Volodin and Belgrade Philharmonic trumpet superstar Jovan Savić.

The Belgrade Philharmonic’s first concert with Permanent Guest Conductor Daniel Raiskin in the new season will be dedicated to Russian composers. The works of Prokofiev, Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky offer a veritable kaleidoscope of styles and effects, from film music and jazz, to cannonades.

Audience favorite Alexei Volodin returns to our orchestra, this time with the first piano concertos by Prokofiev and Shostakovich. The pianist, known for his sensitive and brilliant playing, is joined in the second composition by the Belgrade Philharmonic’s star trumpet player Jovan Savić as a second soloist during the performance of Shostakovich’s work featuring elements of jazz and popular music. Jovan Savić has been a member of the orchestra since 2011 and has a large fan base among the Belgrade Philharmonic audience.

The concert opens with Prokofiev’s masterful film suite created for the Soviet film Lieutenant Kijé and ends with a big bang: Tchaikovsky’s famous 1812 Overture commemorating Russia’s successful defense against Napoleon’s Grande Armée. Among other things, the full-size orchestra includes recorded cannon fire, which can be heard 16 times during the composition, representing the Battle of Borodino and the final triumph over the retreating French Army.