After a record number of performances during the First Philharmonic Festival, the Belgrade Philharmonic continues with concerts on February 25, 26, and 27 at 7:00 p.m. The Philharmonic’s principal horn Nikola Ćirić will have three solo performances with the orchestra and young conductor Valentin Egel.
Nikola Ćirić, one of the Belgrade Philharmonic’s youngest musicians, will perform no small feat by playing three nights in a row as soloist on this demanding instrument, Mozart’s Concerto for Horn and Orchestra No. 2, a composition full of cheerfulness and humor.
“This will be no small feat on the horn but it will be a great pleasure. Although I am always excited when I perform as a soloist, it is a special feeling when I play among my own and with my own. I am especially happy because this composition is full of humor; Mozart wrote funny comments on the score itself, teasing his friend to whom he dedicated the concerto. The work contains plenty of musical jokes and even Mozart’s allusions to the always present slipups on the horn. I hope we will all have fun because it is very important to keep up the cheerfulness,” hornist Nikola Ćirić said.
The concert will be conducted by Valentin Egel, whom the Philharmonic audience knows from the Conductors Forum, a German program for young conductors, which the Belgrade Philharmonic joined as a partner in 2017. The career of the German conductor has continued in the region, and today he is the musical director of the Symphony Orchestra in Rijeka. With the Belgrade Philharmonic he will also be performing Rossini’s Overture to the Italian Girl in Algriers and Haydn’s Symphony No. 104.