Pianists in the spotlight at BEMUS

Now in its 48th year, the Belgrade Music Festival (BEMUS) will again showcase some of the best classical musicians, including works by young Serbian talents as well as the great composers.

Pianists are in the forefront of Serbia’s longest-running music festival this year, with two Russian virtuosos – Boris Berezovsky and Dmitri Masleev – announced as headliners.

This year’s BEMUS runs from 19th October to 1st November, with concerts at five different Belgrade venues – the Ilija M. Kolarac Endowment, the Serbian parliament building, the Ethnography Museum, the Madlenianum Theatre and St. Michael’s Cathedral.

BEMUS Artistic Director, Composer Svetislav Bozic, told local Belgrade TV station Studio B that the festival this year will be diverse both musically and in terms of performers.

Bozic said that the programme will include everything from early to contemporary classical music, performed not only by musicians with longstanding careers but also artists by who are still in school and making a name for themselves.

“The forthcoming BEMUS is a programme designed to sound on stage like a tonal archipelago of the legacy of the styles of the past, but also of the new age, the contemporary people, the composers and performers of our time,” Bozic was quoted as saying by Danasdaily.

All the great masters will be covered, including performances of pieces by Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin, Brahms, Stravinsky, Debussy and many more.

For the first time ever, BEMUS will screen films. Belgrade’s Culture Secretary Ivona Jevtic says that there will be a total of 14 concerts and two film screenings. Classical music fans will be able to see performances of two operas, Debussy’s ‘Pelleas et Melisande’ and Mozart’s ‘Temerari…Come Scoglio’ at the Yugoslav Film Archive.

The festival will be opened at the Ilija M. Kolarac Endowment by the RTS Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Bojan Sudjic and featuring soloist Dragana Sredojevic, one of Serbia’s best violinists. The Vojvodina Symphony Orchestra will get its chance to shine on October 28th, with violoncello soloist Dragana Djordjevic.

Tickets for the concerts will cost between €2 and €16. Visitors can also get tickets to all the concerts for a discounted price of about €50. For more information on the programme and where to purchase tickets, visit the festival’s official website:www.bemus.rs. 

(Balkan Insight, BIRN, 19.10.2016)


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