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Welcome address by Bojan Suđić, Artistic Director of the 51st BEMUS

BEMUS is leaving behind 50 golden years filled with magnificent concerts of the most renowned foreign and Serbian soloists and ensembles, and it is entering the new era in which it will be faced with a challenge to reach even higher summits. The new spirit of the times, new audiences and new media, as well as the civilization which is nowadays rushing towards the near identical global values and needs, often deprived of the cultural diversity which was once celebrated as a quality per se – all these impose an even more pronounced need for a festival which sits as a recognizable and highly ranked landmark on the world map of music events.


Within the programme selection of the 51st BEMUS, each of the chosen concerts represents an outstanding opportunity to experience the highest level of musicianship and predicts superior quality.


Starting with the opening event of BEMUS featuring one of the greatest opera divas of today, soprano Angela Gheorghiu, passing by the jazz legends Dusko Goykovich and Stjepko Gut, as well as our outstanding flutist Ljubiša Jovanović, moving on to the excellent English vocal ensemble The Queen’s Six and their compatriot, famous cellist Natalie Clein, to Russian Dmitry Sikovsky and ‘new Chinese wonder’ Niu Niu, all the way to the final celebration of the 80th anniversary of the RTS Choir which will perform Rachmaninov’s “All-night Vigil” together with the HRT Choir – one may say that each of these concerts would represent an ornament in the programme any renowned music festival in the world.


We are preserving our cultural identity and tradition with the “Folk gathering in five scenes”; one concert evening belongs to our best young musicians; and we are joining in the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the National Theatre in Belgrade with the opera “Koštana” by Petar Konjović. Last but not least, the concert of the planetary music star Vanessa-Mae stands out thanks to its crossover appeal which may attract even people who are not regular concert-goers.


The cosmopolitan spirit of Belgrade is still recognizable for its unique, refined music audience, which deserves only the best. As the selector of this year’s programme, I am convinced that those who appreciate quality music will enjoy, yet again, the music feast – not to be missed.


Bojan Suđić,
Artistic Director of the Belgrade Music Festival

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