With concert of the choir “Obilić” the Concert season continues

PLAKAT CM Akademski hor ObilicAfter the successful Festival, we continue the Concert Season „Convivium Musicum“. On Saturday, October 27t, at the scene of the First Kragujevac Gymnasium Academic Choir “Obilić” AKUD University of Belgrade “Branko Krsmanović” will be presented.

The Academic Choir „Obilić“ was founded in 1884 at the University of Belgrade. So far the conductors were some of the greatest ones from the domestic art scene, such as Josif Marinkovic, Jovan Bandur, and the eminent professor Darinka Matic Marovic, who led the choir from 1981. Since its inception, the choir recorded several successful tours and a large number of performances around the world, at the most popular concert podiums. In the history and tradition of the choir “Obilic”, an impressive number of successfully performed capital works of artistic music of both foreign and domestic composers have come to past. To the quality of the choir testify the prizes and recognitions that it has won during its existence. In addition to the number of renowned conductors with whom he performed, the choir can boast with cooperation with prominent orchestras such as the Russian National Orchestra, the Geneva Symphony Orchestra and many others. Artistic director of the Academic Choir “Obilić” is Darinka Matic Marovic, and the current conductor is Djordje Stankovic, who will perform with a choir in Kragujevac.

Choir will perform the following program on Saturday:

Josif Marinkovic – Oče Naš
Miodrag Govedarica – Gospodi spasi
Sergei Rachmaninoff – O Mother of God
Stevan St. Mokranjac – Liturgy of St. Jovan Zlatousti (parts)
Radomir Petrović – Madrigal
Stevan St. Mokranjac – II rukovet iz moje domovine
Baldassare Donati – Gagliarda
Nemanja Savic – Krajiske pjesme
Dobri Hristov – Mari mome
Dragan Šuplevski – Rum dum dum
Negro spiritual (arr. William Henry Smith) − Ride the chariot
Stephen Leek − Ngana
The concert is held with the help of the City of Kragujevac, the beginning is scheduled for 20 hours, and the entrance is free.

Author and translation: Ljubica Guzvic

You can read more about the choir and the conductor in the biographies below:

Biography: The Academic Choir „Obilić“

IMG_3399The Academic Choir “Obilic” was founded in 1884 at the University of Belgrade, then the Great School, under the name of the Academic Singing Society „Obilić“. The choir was conducted by giants of the Serbian music scene, such as Josif Marinkovic, Stanislav Binicki, Jovan Bandur, Lovro Matacic, Svetolik Pascan and Branko Dragutinovic. A few years after the restoration of work (1945), under the leadership of maestro Bogdan Babic, the choir, now under the name of “Branko Krsmanovic” becomes a significant factor in the then Yugoslav musical production, as recognized by numerous awards – the first places in Langolen, Vienna, Munich … Since 1981, choir is led by professor emeritus Ms. Darinka Matic Marovic, who with her great energy and enthusiasm has achieved the most artistic achievements of Academic Choir in the domestic and international music scene. Acting within the “Branko Krsmanovic” Society in 1991, the choir returned its original name “Obilic”.
Among the biggest successes of the choir are eight three month tours to the US and Canada (over 500 concerts), but also touring in Sweden, Finland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, China, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Romania, Bulgaria, Russia, France, Spain, Hungary, Greece, Mexico, Argentina, Montenegro, Croatia, as well as participation in the 2000 year celebration of Christianity in the Church of Santa Maria and Aracoeli in Rome and at the First World Choir Festival in Vienna in 2001.
A rich repertoire is marked by the performance of a large number of vocal and instrumental scenes, of which most significant are: Requiem by Giuseppe Verdi, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Antony Dvorak, Gabriele Fore, Luigi Cherubini, Robert Schuman; Stabat mater by Giacomo Rosini, Antony Dvorzak, Frances Poulanc; Carmina burana, Triumph of Afrodite and Katuli karmina by Carl Orff; IX Symphony by Betoven, XII symphony of Shostakovich, II, III, V and VIII symphony by Gustav Mahler; Misa Solemnis and Misa in C major by Betoven, Mozart’s Misa brevis, Bruckner’s Te deum, Alexander Nevsky by Sergei Prokofiev, Gloria by Vivaldi; but also numerous works by domestic authors (Rajko Maksimović, Srđan Hoffman, Milan Mihajlović, Zoran Hristić, Zoran Erić …).
Choir also performed numerous concerts, while on his repertoire there is also a number of works of spiritual and world music by domestic and foreign authors.
Chorir collaborated with prominent orchestras in the country and abroad, including: Geneva Symphony Orchestra, Nice Philharmonic Orchestra, Santa Cecillia Academy Orchestra from Rome, Russian National Orchestra, National Orchestra from Lyon, National Lichen Orchestra, Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Armenian National Orchestra, led by prominent local and international conductors such as Lovro Matačić, Milan Horvat, Vladimir Kranjčević, Jacques Del Cote, Sixtin Ehrling, Hans Graff, Emil Tcharkov, Evgeny Svetlanov, Siril Ditrih, Jean Claude Casadesus, and others. The ensemble performed in the most famous halls of the world, Carnegie Hall in New York, Acropolis Opera in Nice, Conservatory in Stockholm, the Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, the Constituent Hall in Washington, the Irodio Theatre in Athens and the Golden Hall of Musikverein In Vienna.
Artistic leader of the Academic Choir “Obilic” is professor emeritus and conductor Darinka Matic Marovic, and current conductor Djordje Stankovic.  

Biography: Djordje Stankovic

Djordje Stankovic graduated and mastered conducting at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade in the class of prof. Darinka Matic Marovic. He studied with Maestro Angelo Shurev and Mladen Jagost. In 2002 he participated at the Sixth World Symposium on Choral Music in Minneapolis (USA). He was a UNESCO scholar at the master class for baroque music in France in 2003. That same year, on the basis of biography and video, he was selected as assistant conductor to Denis Kini at the master class in New York. He participated at the Seventh World Symposium on Choral Music in Kyoto (Japan) in 2005. In his previous work, he has been collaborating with numerous domestic and foreign ensembles such as: Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, Artistic Ensemble of SCG “Stanislav Binicki”, Mixed Choir of RTS, ensemble of Theater at Terazije, Academic choir “Spanac”, State Academic Symphony Orchestra Ulyanovsk (Russia), Festival ensemble in New York. He is one of the founders of the Zemun Chamber Orchestra. Since 2003 he has been engaged at the Opera of the National Theatre in Belgrade, as an assistant conductor and accompanist. During the three seasons he performed at the “Rasa Plaovic” scene in the adaptation of the Don Quixote opera. He was assistant of the conductor on the preparation of performances: Na Uranku, Eugene Onegin, Die Fledermaus, Un ballo in maschera, Tosca, Cavalleria rusticana, Gianni Schicchi. In December 2005, the Cultural and Educational Community of Serbia awarded him the Golden Badge for unselfish contribution to the development of culture, under the auspices of the Ministry of Diaspora of the Government of the Republic of Serbia. In February 2006, he was appointed Head of the Opera Theater of the National Theater in Belgrade. He prepared an ensemble for operas: Carmen, Nabucco, Aida, Don Pasquale, La forza del destino, Hasanaginica, Lucia di Lammermoor. He conducted operas: Mozart and Salieri, Don Giovanni, Italian in Algeria, Pagliacci, Werther. During the two seasons, Madlenianum Opera and Theater conducted the most famous world musicle Les Miserables – over 30 performances.