2022-07-28 21:00

Church of Our Lady, Prčanj

Thursday, July 28
Church of Our Lady, Prčanj, 9 p.m.
DESAR SULEJMANI, conductor (Germany)
Edvard Grieg (1843 - 1907)
From Holberg’s Time Suite in olden style
Praeludium (Allegro vivace)
Sarabande (Andante)
Gavotte (Allegretto)
Air (Andante religioso)
Rigaudon (Allegro con brio)
Gerti Druga (1986)
Feathers of Sorrow, for string orchestra
Alexandre Tansman (1897 - 1986)
Variations sur un theme de Frescobaldi
Dmitri Shostakovich (1906 - 1975)
Chamber Symphony, Op. 110a (arr. by R. Barshai), dedicated to the victims of fascism and war
Allegro molto
Partners of the concert: 
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The Western Balkan Youth Orchestra was founded in 2019, as a natural outgrowth of the European Summer Academy of Music in Pristina, at the initiative of conductor Desar Sulejmani. However, due to the pandemic, the beginning of the ensemble’s work was initially postponed. The orchestra works on a project-by-project basis and gathers young musicians from six Western Balkan countries – Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo,* Montenegro, Northern Macedonia, and Serbia, engaging in projects once or twice a year. For each occurrence, training sessions are held with mentors in the countries of the Western Balkans and the European Union, followed by joint rehearsals, and culminating in concerts organized in some of the six representative countries and beyond. Regardless of the different ethnic, national, religious, and cultural contexts that these young people originate from, through the intensive rehearsals, performances, and joint multi-day tours, they are united into a single entity – an orchestra whose complementarity is no less than that of highly qualified professional orchestras who hail from far more stable environments. Through mutual cooperation, the musicians overcome issues of ethnicity and culture differences, such as those arising from the disintegration of the former Yugoslavia. In this way, the members of the Orchestra become genuine ambassadors in the region, one marked by historically recent disagreement and strife.
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Desar Sulejmani, pianist and conductor, studied Piano at the Folkwang University of Arts in Essen and the Robert Schumann Music University in Düsseldorf under Professor Till Engel, Chamber Music under Professor Andreas Reiner and Professor Jürgen Kußmaul, and Conducting under Professor David de Villiers. He has performed across Europe as a soloist and chamber performer, and since 2003 also as a conductor. Desar Sulejmani has conducted the Bochumer Symphoniker, the Bergische Symphoniker, the Kosovo Philharmonic Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra of Uzbekistan, the Neue Westfälische Philharmonie, the Folkwang Chamber Orchestra Essen, the Rotary Orchestra Germany, and the Symphony Orchestra of the Albanian Broadcasting Company, among others. He has served as the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Cologne Orchestra Society and the Chamber Orchestra of Gladbeck. He as well served as Conductor of the Heinrich Heine Symphony Orchestra of Düsseldorf and the Symphonic Wind Orchestra of Essen. In 2016, Desar Sulejmani was the Music Director of The Magic Flute, an international production of the Joburg Theater in Johannesburg. He was appointed Artistic Director of the Pro Klassik Music Festival in Königswinter (Germany) in 2017. Most recently, in 2019, he founded the Western Balkans Youth Orchestra, of which he is the Artistic Director and Chief Conductor.