In a season dedicated to the celebration of its 100th birthday, the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra presents a concert entitled For New Discoveries on Friday, October 6, starting at 8 p.m. in Kolarac Concert Hall. As a tribute to its founder Stevan Hristic, the orchestra will perform his composition In the Countryside, featuring the world-renowned piano star Denis Kozhukhin, under the baton of Jaume Santonja.
New discoveries are celebrated within the Belgrade Philharmonic by the performance of a piece that holds a special place in the orchestra’s centennial season. The program features Stevan Hristic’s symphonic poem In the Countryside, by the founder of the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra that has been almost forgotten piece in the concert repertoire. It was created in 1935, and according to available records, this will be the first time the Belgrade Philharmonic performs it in a concert.
A highlight of the Philharmonic’s jubilee season is the performance by pianist Denis Kozhukhin, whose exceptional playing, as described by the Chicago Tribune, electrifies concert halls. Established as one of the leading pianists of his generation, he has shared the stage with many renowned international orchestras, including the symphony orchestras of Chicago, London, and San Francisco, the philharmonic orchestras of Israel, London, and Rotterdam, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Berlin Staatskapelle, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Philharmonia Orchestra.
In his debut with the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, Kozhukhin will perform Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 4. This brilliant and virtuosic composition has been unjustly overshadowed in the concert repertoire when compared to the composer’s other works in this genre.
The Philharmonic’s concert concludes with one of the most popular pieces in the classical music repertoire, Romeo and Juliet by Sergei Prokofiev, conducted by Jaume Santonja, a young and promising Spanish conductor whom the audience of the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra had the pleasure of experiencing in the 2021/22 concert season.