Opening ceremony of the 5th Festival

The first jubilee, and fifth in a row, the International Chamber Music Festival Convivium Musicum was officially opened last night on the scene of the Theatre for children Kragujevac. Due to the year of this little jubilee, the atmosphere was, it seems, especially festive. On behalf of the Citizens’ Association “CONVIVIUM MUSICUM”, Jovana Radovanovic, the president of the Association and the Festival Manager, addressed the audience, and on behalf of the City of Kragujevac – Aleksandar Stain, assistant to mayor for internal and international cooperation. After warm and encouraging words, visitors had the opportunity to see a short film about the Festival itself and its development in the past five years.

The concert, which opened this year’s Festival, best presented the very idea of the Festival – a combination of classical and modern music. Kragujevac had the opportunity to hear a very interesting chamber ensemble – quartet Quattro Temperamenti consisting of four excellent saxophonists from Croatia and Serbia. For this occasion, they chose a program that “guided” us through music from Bach to contemporary composers. Bah’s famous Italian concert sounded quite different from what the audience was accustomed to, and judging by the first applause – this arrangement was more than a good reception. The great Srdjan Paunovic, Nikola Macura, Lovro Livajic and Filip Orlovic dedicated the central part of the concert to contemporary Croatian and Serbian composers. They performed extremely interesting works by Gordan Tudor – Several miniatures for the saxophone quartet, a work that shows the possibilities of the instrument itself and Ivan Brkljacic’s – Quattro Temperamenti – a work written for this ensemble (by which ensemble was named) which focused on the representation of all four types of saxophone and their peculiarities. Introduction et Variations sur une Ronde Populaire of Gabriel Pierne is a composition that has slowly brought us from the contemporary flows to the beginning of the 20th century and to the neoclassicism typical for this period. At the very end, we listened to Rossini…per Quatro in the Gaetano di Bacco arrangement – Rossini’s piece composed of the most popular themes of his operas. The audience returned the virtuosos to the scene with a tumultuous and long applause and they responded with a musical delight – the Chinese Rag by Jean Matitia.

Certainly, this was more than a successful start!

Author: Anja Lazarevic Kocic
Translation: Ljubica Guzvic
Photo: Milos Dasic