The final concert of the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra’s series For Connoisseurs, on Friday, 12 May (Kolarac, 8pm), will be directed by conductor Vladimir Kulenović, with violinist Itamar Zorman as the soloist. The music of Webern, Berg and Brahms will conclude the series dedicated to the audience that is already very experienced when standard repertoire is concerned.
The 2015 Chicagoan of the Year, Music Director of the Lake Forest Symphony and a frequent guest of the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, Vladimir Kulenović is always warmly welcomed by the Serbian audience. On the performance of Webern’s Passacaglia, Berg’s Violin concerto and Brahms’ Symphony No 4, young Kulenović said: “The symbolism of death can be found in all pieces in the programme of this concert, which I personally dedicate to the memory of the eminent Serbian composer and my father Vuk Kulenović.” Webern dedicated his entire oeuvre to the death of his mother, Berg wrote his Violin concerto for the late daughter of Alma Mahler, while Brahms was aware that his Symphony No 4 was the last one he would ever compose.
A winner of the International Tchaikovsky Competition, violinist Itamar Zorman will make his debut with the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra on Friday. The young musician has been building an international career on four continents, playing on a Guarneri Del Jesu violin from 1734.
The concert of Vladimir Kulenović and the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra is supported by the US Embassy in Belgrade, aiming to draw attention to the significance of individuals in building the bridges between the two distant countries through the language of art. The career of Vladimir Kulenović, winner of the 2015/16 Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award, is an excellent example of the contribution to the cultural life of both countries.