The Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra’s love-inspired concerts, from the series For Lovers, resumes on Friday, 23 December (Kolarac, 8pm). The orchestra will perform music of de Falla, Chausson and Shchedrin under the baton of conductor Fabrice Bollon, with Serbian mezzo-soprano Milijana Nikolić, who has been successfully building an international career, featuring as the special guest.
The programme for lovers tells three very different love stories. Firstly, the magical love in Manuel de Falla’s El amor brujo, then a very naïve, sincere and poetical love in Ernest Chausson’s Poème de l’amour et de la mer and, finally, the burning and passionate love in Rodion Shchedrin’s exquisite and popular artistic cover of Carmen.
In the past 15 years, Milijana Nikolić’s artistic engagements have risen to such heights that rightfully give her a place among the world’s leading mezzo-sopranos of the younger generation. This will be her first appearance with our orchestra: “When I saw the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra in Carnegie Hall two years ago, I was beaming with pride, not only because of my patriotic feelings and the impressive history of this orchestra, but also because the orchestra was returning to the international stage where it rightfully belongs”, said Milijana. ”In the last 15 years, I have performed with many orchestras all around the globe, but the concert with our Belgrade Philharmonic will be an immense professional and emotional experience for me, since it will be my first appearance with this renowned orchestra, which always has exciting artistic programme in its repertoire.
Conductor Fabrice Bollon once again returns to the conductor’s stand in Belgrade. His opera experience and sophisticated musical sensibility make him the perfect director of this concert.
The series For Lovers, one of the most popular in the Belgrade Philharmonic’s season, will include some of the most beautiful love stories, such as Romeo and Juliet, Daphnis and Chloe and the Cinderella. The next rendezvous of this series is scheduled for 27 January 2017, under Alexander Vedernikov.