Belgrade Madrigalists perform at the seventh concert
Seventh concert of the season “Convivium Musicum ’19” will be dedicated to vocal music. On Saturday, November 30th, the Hall of the First Kragujevac Gymnasium will be fulfilled by the voices of one of the most respected domestic amateur vocal ensembles − choir Belgrade Madrigalists.
Choir Belgrade Madrigalists was founded in 1951 at the initiative of conductor Milan Bajsanski, with the aim of nurturing and performing primarily madrigals, motets, Renaissance and Baroque music and spiritual compositions. During its sixty-eight years of existence, this vocal ensemble has recorded numerous performances in Serbia and abroad, as well as noted participation in various festivals and competitions. This choir was the first in our country to perform the Liturgy of Stevan Mokranjac in 1966, and also only one to perform a concert of Orthodox music at St. Peter’s Church in Rome in front of Pope Paul VI. The Serbian Orthodox Church honoured the choir with the “Order of St. Sava” for outstanding merits in nurturing Serbian spiritual music. The ensemble currently numbers about forty members and the conductor is maestro Aleksandar Brujić.
Along with soloists Maja Janusic – soprano, Natasa Rasic – mecosoprano and Ana Raskovic – organ, Belgrade Madrigalists will perform the following program in front of the Kragujevac audience:
- B. Donato
O dolce vita mia
- F. Azzaiolo
Quando la sera
- L. Marenzio
- O. di Lasso
Io ti vorria contar la pena mia
S’io ti vedess’una sol volt’il giorno
Matona mia cara
- A. Willaert
Madonna mia fa
- A. Vivaldi
Gloria RV 589
The realization of the concert was supported by our long time associates. The City of Kragujevac contributed significantly to the realization of this project by providing part of the funds for its co-financing. The event was also supported by the Faculty of Philology and Arts, the Music School “Dr. Miloje Milojevic”, Music Centre Kragujevac, Music Youth of Kragujevac, the portal Prvi Prvi na skali and other friends. The concert starts at 20 h and admission is free.
Author and translation: Ljubica Gužvić
More about the choir Belgrade Madrigalists can be found here:
Choir Belgrade Madrigalists is one of the most respected amateur vocal ensembles in Serbia. It was founded in 1951. The founder and conductor, Milan Bajsanski, formed a new choir that nurtured a new kind of music. First of all, there are madrigals, motets, Renaissance and Baroque music of English, French, Italian and German masters, spiritual compositions of local and foreign authors, national repertoire, but also contemporary compositions and their modern aspirations. The repertoire includes works by S. Mokranjac, I. Bajić, V. Simić, J. Marinković, as well as works by Bortnjanski, Archangel, O. di Las, Palestrina, Mozart, Guno and many other foreign composers. This vocal ensemble was the first of the local choirs to perform the Stevan Mokranjac Liturgy, both in Serbia in 1966 and outside the country (Moscow, 1972). Also, this is the only Serbian choir that has had the honour of performing an Orthodox music concert at St. Peter’s Church in Rome in front of Pope Paul VI (1970). Based on the interstate cooperation of the USSR and the SFRY, the Belgrade Madrigalists held concerts in 1972 in Leningrad, Vilnius, Moscow and Tbilisi. In 1982 they were in Moscow, Tallinn, Tartu and Leningrad and in 1987 in Kiev, Riga, Vilnius, Kaunas and Moscow. The first awards won in Areca, Langolen, Perugia, Bratislava and Brno particularly are noteworthy. The choir has recently participated in festivals and competitions in Venice “Venezia in Musica”, Rome “Musica sacra a Roma”, Wales “Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod”, Bulgaria “International Festival Sv. Athanas the Great”. For the past ten years, the ensemble has participated in international festivals in Prague, Rome, Venice, Riva del Garda, Budapest and in 2016 won second place at the Mokranjac Days in Negotin. For exceptional merit in nurturing Serbian spiritual music, the Serbian Orthodox Church has honoured the Belgrade Madrigalists with the “Order of Saint Sava” in 1991. Over the years, the choir has been conducted by: Milan Bajsanski, Dimitrije Stefanovic, Svetolik Pascan, Vojislav Ilic, Dusan Miladinovic, Vladimir Milic, Aleksandar Spasic, Aleksandar Vujic and others. The choir currently numbers about forty members and the conductor is maestro Aleksandar Brujic, also employed as an assistant professor at the FMU in Belgrade.