The formal opening of the Belgrade Philharmonic’s new concert season entitled #followbeethoven will be held at Kolarac Hall on Friday, 20 September at 8:00 p.m. under the direction of Chief Conductor Gabriel Feltz, also featuring Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, one of the world’s most sought-after pianists, performing the works of Vasilije Mokranjac, Ludwig van Beethoven, and Gustav Mahler.

The first concert is from the #beethovenbro series, which deals with the great composer’s influence on Serbian authors and their relationship with this notable role model.

“We want to express our admiration for this genuine artist, Ludwig van Beethoven. Our orchestra’s entire season will be under this influence. Listening to our concerts you will be able to hear how difficult it was for some composers to free themselves from the burden of the master’s great genius after his death, and what kind of radical composing novelties this sometimes required. Also, we must not overlook Beethoven’s influence on Serbian culture and music, and that is what we will hear at the opening of our concert season,” Chief Conductor Gabriel Feltz said.

The concert evening opens with Lyric Poem for Orchestra by Vasilije Mokranjac, one of the greatest Serbian symphonists, who was greatly influenced by Beethoven’s works. Then, multi award winning French pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, who enjoys a prolific international career in recording and performing, will play Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1. The concert evening closes with another great admirer of Beethoven, Gustav Mahler, and his Symphony No. 1 in D major, also referred to as Titan.

In the 2019-20 season the Belgrade Philharmonic continues its sale of standing tickets, which are available at the Kolarac Box Office from 7:00 p.m., one hour before the concert.