After seven years former Bolshoi Festival has grown into Kustendorf Classical Festival. Thus the director Emir Kusturica is substantiating his idea to have film, theatre and musical festivals on Mecavnik, Mokra Gora. Srba Dinic and symphonic orchestra have been shaping the musical programme for years with the participation of world class musical stars. The festival will open with Berlioz symphony Harold in Italy and the main role of melancholic dreamer is entrusted to a violist Yuriy Basmet. Continuing the tradition that the programme should include works of Russian composers, the orchestra will perform Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring in the second part of the concert. This piece, originally conceived as a ballet, has had a large success at concert performances. Due to its polytonality, complex rhythm and use of musical-folklore arias, it is considered as a highly complex orchestral piece. With such an attractive musical programme, high quality orchestra and Srba Dinic’s experience, Kustendorf Classical Festival will be a special and rewarding event for visitors. At the open air concert light effects will colour the hill of Mecavnik, once a bare hill and today the venue of artistic production.
St.Sava square at 8pm
Drvengrad, Mokra gora
Braunschweig is a town with sophisticated audience which cherishes its cultural tradition. Staatstheater cultivates different genres throughout the season, from Baroque to modern composers; the event which certainly gathers together audiences of all generations and various tastes is the grand open-air concert. The town park is the place which draws families and friends to spend a nice day together and listen special music program. On this day the question of repertoire is not asked since everybody trusts GMD Srba Dinic and Staatsorchester Braunschweig. The park will be ringing with the most beautiful themes by Verdi, Puccini, Bernstein, Elgar, Shostakovich and Wagner. This year is big anniversary, ten years of this beautiful event and the program will be full of the most beautiful pieces from the last nine years. Lots of Braunschweig citizens grown up with these melodies, now Theater Braunschweig is ready to welcome new generations too.
23rd June 2019, 3pm
The Town Park, Braunschweig
The friendship between Srba Dinic and violinist Roman Simovic started in 2017 when together they opened Bolshoy Festival organized by Emir Kusturica. They will be continuing their cooperation in Braunschweig at the performance closing the season’s series of symphonic concerts. Bringing great joy to the audience they will perform Tchaikovsky’s Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D-major. The composer loved the Concerto, so unsurprisingly it is loved by audiences. Resulting from a great artistic inspiration Tchaikovsky wrote it in 1878 and expressed his immense life joy through it. The motifs of life’s light and darkness will alternate in the continuation of the concert when the orchestra will perform Brahms’ Fourth Symphony in E-minor. In last symphony Brahms composed, he showed his mature creativeness both in musical sense and in the sense of instrumentation variety and qualities demonstrable by an orchestra. With this particularly beautiful and demanding programme Staatsorhcester Braunschweig and GMD Srba Dinic will close the cycle of symphonic concerts. Next year’s programme has already been publicised so it is to be expected that Stadthalle will continue to be a favourite gathering place for classical music lovers.
16th June 2019 at 11am
17th June 2019 at 8pm
For the very end of the season Srba Dinic and the Braunschweig theatre are preparing another premiere. A German composer, pianist and theoretician Aribert Reimann wrote the opera L’invisible which saw its premiere in Berlin in 2017. Reimann always finds inspiration for his opera in literary classics: Shakespeare, Kafka, Lorca and others. He wrote this opera based on a work by Maurice Maeterlinck, Belgian writer and Nobel laureate. Three dramas are entwined in it. At first view different, they are connected with the same motifs, the feelings of sorrow, fear and death. It is a lyrical trilogy with an intensive orchestral sound, with numerous soloists on the stage and modern direction. In the opera’s short life of mere two years, it has received a number of good reviews. It is time that the Braunschweig audience, second after Berlin, give it their opinion. Srba Dinic with soloists and orchestra will demonstrate why Reimann is one of the most awarded contemporary German composers.
25th May 2019 premiere
GMD Srba Dinic continues his work with the StaatsorchesterBraunschweig orchestra and preparations for a new symphonic concert are underway. For this occassion they chose two contemporaries, Tchaikovsky and Rimsky-Korsakov. They both worked as harmony, composition and orchestration professors, so the wealth of musical ideas skillfully knitted together in orchestral segments comes as no surprise.
Tchaikovsky’s third symphony has long been overshadowed by his other well known pieces and has not been performed as often. And yet, it is important for many novelties which Tchaikovsky introduced. It is the only symphony in major tonality, it has five movements, and its most important feature is in that the composer went a step ahead in its artistic freedom and adeptlyjoined different music forms. In a letter to his friend Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, he said it himself that with this piece he had gone a step further in his overall composing work. Rimsky-Korsakov was able to understand this well since he also had always sought new ideas and striven after higher personal development. Unfortunately, he did not always enjoy the affinity of the ruling monarchy as was the case with Golden Cockerel opera, the premier of which he did not live to see. In this concert parts from GoldenCockerel opera will be performed. This is a great challenge for an orchestra, to recreate opera in a concert performance, but not for Srba Dinic and Staatsorchestra Braunschweig. Their committment to both opera and symphnic music is seen in their everyday work where the two are constantly entwined.
14th April 2019 at u 11h
15th April 2019 at 20h
Hamburg Philharmonics is one of the most beautiful modern edifices in Europe and one of the largest music centers in the world. This prestigious venue for all classical musicians will be a new stage on which Staatsorchester Braunschweig will perform as of this spring. Led by their GMD Srba Dinic, the first part of the program will include idyll for an orchestra by Anton Webern “Im Sommerwind” and Alma Mahler’s “Seven songs 1910”. Mezzo-soprano Sara Ferede is closely familiar with the orchestra having been a member of Brauschweig opera herself for a few years. Doubtless the soloist and the orchestra, a well matched ensemble will be able to express all deep emotions of Alma Mahler’s eventful life.
Contrary to the first part of the concert, in the second one the orchestra will musically portray the cozy and warm family life of Richard Strauss through his work “Symphonia Domestica” . It will not be the first time for Srba Dinic to conduct on the extraordinary concert stage. Therefore he will lead the orchestra with great confidence through all mood changes in the course of the concert, which will help Staatsorchester Braunschweig to present themselves in their full strength and leave the audience desirous of more concerts in the magnificent building.
31st March 2019 at 10
The large stage of the concert hall Stadthalle will be filled with the full orchestra and the best choirs of Braunschweig. All of them led by Srba Dinic’s baton will gather together to perform the most significant piece of symphonic music – Mahler’s Third Symphony. Mahler believed that the symphony should sound as the world and life do. To present all that through music he composed symphonies of large scope and sumptuous sound colours. He wanted to express all that lives in a human being, from love for natural beauties down to his deepest internal sufferings, from the happiest joy down to devastating despair. He significantly expanded symphonic form and wanted is music to be performed by largest possible number of participants. With this in mind, there will be over 200 musicians on the stage; through six movements of the symphony they will show everything that simmers in a human heart and what carries them throughout the life. It is generally believed that the most beautiful part of thesymphony is the finale, the sixth movement The Love Story. Due to its beauty this movement is often performed as an independent piece. On this occasion, it will come as the crown of the concert and the end of the whole life story. It will be told by Srba Dinic, soloist Isabel Stüber Malagamba and Staatsorchester Braunschweig together with the Saatstheater Chor and Konzertchor choirs.
17th March 2019 at 11am
18th March 2019 at 8pm
Goethe’s Faust, a masterpiece of German literature, was an inspiration to many artists and musicians of Romantic era. When the book found itself in the hands of young Hector Berlioz, he could not let go of it. He read it on the train, in the theatre, at concerts, everywhere. Likewise, as if spellbound, he wrote his dramatic legend The Damnation of Faust in one breath. One can tell that Berlioz defied traditional forms in it and pushed the style boundaries of his time.
Soloists, choir, children’s choir and symphonic orchestra will find their place on the stage of the Palacio de Bellas Artes. Srba Dinic, a great connoisseur of opera and symphony, the two genres Berlioz weaves together in his dramatic moratorium, will be standing in front of them all. After its premier in 1877 Berlioz believed the Damnation of Faust to be a bitter creative defeat. However, over a century of full concert halls and musicians worldwide have convinced us to the contrary. This is a complex piece which requires profound knowledge and experience which will be demonstrated by Srba Dinic and ensemble theatre, while the audience will recognize the motives of love and temptation ubiquitous in all eras and style epochs.
21st February 2019 at 8pm
24th February 2019 at 5pm
Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City
H. Berlioz: The Damnation of Faust
When Saint George Strings get together with their chief conductor Srba Dinic, eight seasons can fit into one single concert. The concert due to be held in the banquet hall of the City Assembly with Four Seasons by Vivaldi and Piazzolla on the programme will symbolically usher the audience into the orthodox New Year celebrated in Serbia on the 13th January. Vivaldi’s Four Seasons reperesents a cycle of four concerts for violin and orchestra, while The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires by Astor Piazzolla represents a suite of four pieces in tango style. Soloist will be Josef Ziga, concert master in Braunschweig Opera. This concert is exceptional also by the outstanding quality of the violin the soloist will play. The violin in question is the property of Belgrade Faculty of Music Art; it was made by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini towards the end of 18th century. For this occasion, the Faculty will loan the violin from the last great Cremona craftsman’s workshop. For Srba Dinic and Saint George Strings there is no better way to start 2019 but with the violin of noble sound and the programme beloved by the audience.
13th January 2019 at 7pm
Banquet Hall of the Belgrade City Assembly
All those wishing to feel the atmosphere of golden years in Berlin from the beginning of the 20th century will have the opportunity to do so at the concerts on 1st and 2nd January. Staatsorchester Braunschweig and its GMD Srba Dinić will start the new year with Berlin operetta music which flourished in the twenties and thirties of the last century. Melodious and merry music, followed by a mixture of burlesque and musical will remind us of eternal songs “Under the Limes”, “Until Five in the Morning”, “It Must Be Something Magical” and so on. After hard war years composers Eduard Künneke, Walter Kollo, Ralph Benatzky and Franz Lehársu brought joy and hope to Berlin audience which entered their lives through concert halls, theatres and dance halls. It was present and accepted by all social classes because it carried the spirit of new and better life. Srba Dinic and his orchestra will bring this enthusiasm and joy into the New Year and the audience will follow them and enjoy their artistic creations.
1st January 2019 at 8pm, Stadthalle Gifhorn
2nd January 2019 at 7pm, Stadthalle, Braunschweig