Korzo – One Word for the Concert of Classical Music Under the Clear Skies

Once again, Korzo opens the performing arts week of the Kaleidoscope of Culture. On Saturday, 10 September, at 8.22 p.m. (20.22), on the Mihajla Pupina Boulevard, under the clear skies, one of the greatest violinists in the world, Julian Rachlin, will perform with the Vojvodina Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Aleksandar Marković. The programme will include Johannes Brahms’ Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D Major, Op. 77 and the famous Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, ‘Of Destiny’. Admission is free.

Korzo is the most successful art and production endeavour in the performing arts week. It takes classical music out of concert halls to the former Novi Sad pedestrian walkway and today’s Mihajlo Pupin Boulevard, stopping traffic for one evening for the sake of culture. In this way, world-famous names and a repertoire including the most famous pieces of classical music reach the widest audience, making Korzo the new tradition in Novi Sad and one of the legacy projects that will remain after the European Capital of Culture title year.

Julian Raclin, the Lithuanian-born violinist, violist and conductor, is one of the most famous artists of our time. His career spans over thirty years and has taken him around the world as a soloist, conductor, chamber musician, lecturer and artistic director. As a violinist, he has performed with the world’s leading conductors and orchestras. Thanks to his elegant and dynamic style, he earns a reputation as one of the leading conductors of his generation. Known for his meticulous rehearsal methods and deep musicianship, he has conducted the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the Israel Philharmonic, the Royal Philharmonic, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the Oslo Philharmonic, the Vienna Radio Symphony, the Helsinki Philharmonic, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, and the China Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as the festival orchestras of Grand Teton and Verbier.

The Vojvodina Symphony Orchestra is a respectable ensemble of high interpretive levels on the local art scene, and in the 2021/2022 season, it is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its successful institutionalisation. In the previous decade, musicians have performed around 150 concerts so far, reaching a significant level of musicianship and high interpretive standards. Always insisting on a diversity of the classical repertoire, sometimes even of the wider genre, the orchestra has always presented itself in the most professional manner performing postromantic pieces of symphonic and concert literature, captivating with lavishing sound, wide dynamic scales, and trilling cantilenas. Furthermore, it has presented itself marvellously with interpretations of compositions of the 20th century as well as contemporary local productions art.

Aleksandar Markovic commands a wide range of symphonic and operatic repertoire, from classic and romantic to contemporary styles. His interest in 20th-century and avant-garde music has led to performances of works by Hartmann, Schiske, Istvan, Rozsa, Ligeti, Lutoslawski, Glass, Pintscher, Yusupov and Salonen. Since September 2021, he has taken the position of Chief Conductor of the Vojvodina Symphony Orchestra, and since 2019, he has held several exceptional concerts with the orchestra. From this season, he is also the guest chief conductor of the Sinfonia Varsovia ensemble in Poland. Marković’s cooperation with world-famous symphony ensembles has included very successful debuts with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, symphony orchestras from Birmingham, Bournemouth, Ireland, Odense, Malmö, the Scottish BBC, the Croatian Radiotelevision and the Prague Radio symphony orchestra, the Qatar Philharmonic, the Slovenian Philharmonic and the Slovak Philharmonic, the Belgian National Orchestra, the Munich Radio Orchestra, the Beethoven Orchestra

from Bonn, and the Konzerthaus Orchestra from Berlin. Other conducting appearances include performances with the Spanish Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra, the Dresden Philharmonic, the Stuttgart Philharmonic, the Belgrade Philharmonic, the Zagreb Philharmonic, the Staatskapelle Halle, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra and the Prague Symphony Orchestra, the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, the State Orchestra Braunschweig, the Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra from Ostrava, the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, the Kremerata Baltica and numerous renowned world and European ensembles.

In addition to Korzo, the performing arts week offers open-air concerts, performances, theatre plays and dance in contemporary forms, drawing attention to cultural stations as new spaces in Novi Sad where people gather. This year, during the performing arts week, we will have an opportunity to see the play ‘Miss Julie’ performed by the Viennese ‘Burgtheater’, the Festival of Chamber Music and many other events.

Partners of the Kaleidoscope of Culture 2022 are Erste BankIDEADDORA1 Srbija, and Heineken Srbija.

Photo: Evgeny Evtukhov, Vladimir Veličković