To mark their momentous centennial anniversary, the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra is hosting a Gala concert featuring the legendary maestro Zubin Mehta on June 20, 2023, at the esteemed Kolarac Grand Concert Hall. This special performance in Belgrade serves as the opening event for the regional tour of Mehta and the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, which will continue in Tirana and Skopje as part of the Open Balkan Initiative.
Zubin Mehta, one of the greatest conductors of our time and the greatest friend of the Orchestra, has consistently demonstrated his authority in bridging diverse cultures. With his unique energy and vision, he has shattered numerous barriers by using the power of music. Maestro Mehta wholeheartedly supports the Open Balkan Initiative between Serbia, Albania, and the Republic of North Macedonia. Together with the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, he will present exceptional musical events for audiences in these countries.
The program for all three concerts will be led by Mehta, featuring performances of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 and Hector Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique. Following the Gala concert at Kolarac on June 20, the tour will continue with performances at the National Opera House in Tirana on June 22 and the Macedonian Philharmonic in Skopje on June 24.
At 87 years of age, Maestro Mehta remains an active and highly revered conductor of unparalleled stature. He has graced the world music scene for over six decades, delivering performances that have left an indelible mark in history. This concert, marking the centennial anniversary of the orchestra, will be his 11th collaboration with the Belgrade Philharmonic. Their last joint performance took place in 2021, celebrating six decades since their inaugural concert, which also served as Mehta’s debut. Notably, Zubin Mehta has organized numerous charitable concerts and has been an integral part of the Pika – Točka – Tačka project initiated by the Belgrade Philharmonic, a collaboration with the Zagreb and Slovenian Philharmonics, strengthening cultural, economic, and neighborly relations in the region.
Tickets for the Belgrade concert will be available at the box office and online from June 1st (4000, 6000, 8000 RSD)