Thursday, October 30th
Kolarac Hall at 8 pm
CHOIR OF THE SERBIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION
conductor BOJAN SUĐIĆ
Ticket prices: 200, 400, 600 din
Stevan Stojanović Mokranjac (1856-1914)
Passion Week (selection)
Let my prayer
See how the lawless
We praise thee, O Lord
Garland No. 3 (From my Homeland)
Garland No. 5 (From my Homeland)
Garland No. 10 (Songs from Ohrid)
Garland No. 11 (Songs from Old Serbia)
Originating from the rich choral singing tradition, from the very spirit and foundation of the culture of the nation that saved it’s legends and mythology about it’s existence from oblivion through singing, the Choir of the Serbian Broadcasting Corporation (RTS) appeared before audience on a concert some seven decades ago and established it’s position as the leading professional vocal group, acknowledged well outside of this country’s borders. Thirty years long and determined work of chief conductor Borivoje Simić brought the Choir to full perfection as confirmed by numerous critics’ reviews and overjoyed audiences.
Important tours of the Choir during the seventies’ of the last century provoked an avalanche of positive echoes. The successful work of the Choir also continued under the leading hands of conductors Mladen Jagušt, Vladimir Kranjčević and Bojan Sudjić.
The RTS Choir had extraordinary successful performances on numerous tours both locally and internationally. The guest performance of the Choir in Rome, where it performed Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem with Choir and Orchestra of St. Cecilia Academy and Mstislav Rostropovich as conductor, in 1987, merits special mention. So does the Choir’s guest performance in Naples, where it performed Parsifal by Richard Wagner with the Teatro San Carlo Orchestra and conductor Gustav Kuhn in 1988, and also two guest performances in Spain, where it performed two capital works of Johan Sebastian Bach Christmas Oratorio and Passion by Mathew, with the RTS Symphony Orchestra in 1989 and 1991.
The Choir is the Winner of the October Prize 1982, an award of the City of Belgrade for the concert and recording of the entire opus of Stevan Mokranjac in 1981, and Zlatni beočug in 1989 and 2007 together with the orchestra.
Maestro Bojan Sudjić holds the position of Artistic Director of the RTS Music Production, and Chief Conductor of the RTS Symphony Orchestra and Choir. He is also Professor of conducting at the Faculty of Music, University in Belgrade.
Born in 1965, he was still a student when he became a Laureate and won the First Prize at the Yugoslav Competition of Music Artists in Zagreb in 1989. This prize was granted for the first time since the establishment of this competition in 1948. Later he attended advanced training courses by Ilja Musin in Sankt Petersburg and Otmar Suitner in Vienna. Professional collaboration with Maestro Leif Segerstam and his guidance were of immense importance for Sudjić's musical accomplishment.
Sudjić became Principal Conductor of RTS Symphony Orchestra and Choir in 1992. He was also Chief conductor (1999) and General Music Director (2004) of the National Opera in Belgrade, and Conductor in Residence (2000-2003) of the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm.
He conducted more than 40 symphonic orchestra, including the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra, The Orquesta Filarmónica de la UNAM, the Odense Symphony Orchestra, the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, The Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra, The Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma, the Carinthian Symphony Orchestra, the Plovdiv Philharmonic and Sofia RTV Symphony Orchestras, the Orquestra Sinfônica de Porto Alegre, Zagreb and Rijeka Philharmonics, the Macedonian Philharmonic Orchestra, Zagreb RTV Symphony Orchestra, Montenegrin Symphony Orchestra, the Moscow Chamber Orchestra. At the Finnish National Opera in Helsinki, he has conducted performances in regular season, as well as the Gala Concert dedicated to the New Millennium.
Bojan Sudjić is gaining widespread recognition for his work both on the concert platform and in the opera pit.
He was the conductor at acclaimed concerts with world famous soloists performing, such as: Maxim Vengerov, Nigel Kennedy, Nikolai Lugansky, Michel Beroff, Jean-Philippe Collard and Schlomo Mintz.