Wednesday, August 26
Square of the St. Tryphon Cathedral, 10 p.m.
BEETHOVEN, ETERNAL INSPIRATION
TOMISLAV FAČINI, conductor (Croatia)
MONTENEGRO YOUTH ORCHESTRA (Montenegro)
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)
Piano Sonata in C minor, No. 8, Op. 13 (Pathetique), arrangement for string orchestra: Jakub Kowalewski
Grave – Allegro di molto e con brio
Ludwig van Beethoven
Grosse Fugue, Op. 113, arrangement for string orchestra: Engelbert Rontgen
Aleksandar Perunović (1978)
BEETHOVEN 2020, commissioned by the KotorArt Festival
Film screening, production: RTCG, 2020, commissioned by the KotorArt Festival
Main partner of the concert: AMBASADA NJEMAČKE
Partner of the concert: AMBASADA HRVATSKE
Tomislav Fačini, conductor, received his education at the Academy of Music in Zagreb. As Chief Conductor of the Croatian Radio and Television Choir, he has been in charge of the Sfumato cycle, in which he has participated as a conductor and host of leading names on the international choir scene. With the Antiphonus Ensemble, Fačini has realized Triade and Trinitas cycles featuring Italian madrigals, late medieval music, contemporary Croatian and international vocal music, early operas, sacred music, and pieces for choir and orchestra. He released a CD for Croatian Radio and Television featuring choruses and songs by Vatroslav Lisinksi, as well as the CD Mir, zlato, tamjan [Peace, Gold, Incense] that he himself authored. With the Antiphonus Ensemble, Fačini released the CD Nelle tue braze, glazba hrvatskog seicenta [In Your Arms, Music of 16th Century Croatia], and for the Dubrovnik Summer Festival, he played harpsichord in the first Croatian release featuring seven symphonies by Luka Sorkočević, performed according to the manuscript and on authentic instruments. He teaches Choral Conducting at the Zagreb Academy of Music, while as a visiting professor he has taught at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki and the University of Houston, among others. Fačini is a guest conductor for the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra and the Assistant Artistic Director for music program of the Dubrovnik Summer Festival.
The Montenegro Youth Orchestra (MYO), which prioritizes members and audiences of younger generations, was founded in 2018 by the Association of Young Artists of Montenegro. The following year, the MYO served as the representative of Montenegro in the European Orchestra Federation. The Orchestra consists of young Montenegrin musicians who have mostly launched their musical careers abroad and who, gathered around the idea of a national youth ensemble, strive to achieve common goals in the field of art and culture. The Orchestra’s repertoire consists of well-known pieces of classical music, contemporary art music by national and international composers, and artistic projects based on a fusion of theater and classical music. The Montenegrin Youth Orchestra has premiered several pieces of contemporary music, while for the composition Nocturne for solo violin, orchestra, and electronics they recorded the first concert music video of its kind in Montenegro. The Orchestra has participated in events such as the European Heritage Days, Young Artists Festival 19 (Montenegro), the Humanitarian Gala Concert (Montenegro), and the multimedia exhibition Eros, krv i svetlost [Eros, Blood and Light].
Aleksandar Perunović, composer, graduated in Composition from the Music Academy in Cetinje under Professor Žarko Mirković, where he also finished his Master studies. He obtained his PhD from the Faculty of Music in Belgrade under Professor Srđan Hofman. Perunović is the author of a large number of solo, chamber, choral, and orchestral compositions, as well as of artistic projects in the field of musical theater, multimedia applications, and electronics. His music has been performed in Montenegro at concerts and festivals such as A tempo, Budva – Theater City, and KotorArt, in the region at the International Reviews of Composers in Belgrade and the Days of Mokranjac in Negotin, and throughout Europe – in Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Poland, Ukraine, Albania, and beyond. Many of these works were created as commissions by performers, ensembles, festivals, and the like. In addition to composing, Perunović is also engaged in music theory and analysis. He works at the Music Academy in Cetinje as an Assistant Professor. Perunović is a member of the Department of Music Arts at the Montenegrin Academy of Sciences and Arts and of the Council of the Music Center of Montenegro.