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Belgrade Philharmonic Puts Women Centre-Stage

A new series of concerts by the Belgrade Philharmonic aims to promote successful international female conductors.

Nemanja Cabric

The Belgrade Philharmonic’s programme ‘On High Heels’ consists of five concerts intended to showcase women who have important positions with orchestras and opera houses – a world that until a few decades ago was predominantly reserved for men.

The first concert was staged in late September and the series continues on November 22nd, when Kristina Poska from Estonia will conduct performances of works by Jean Sibelius and Nikolai Myaskovsky with Mario Brunello playing solo violin.

The third concert by American conductor Karen Kamensek will feature Verdi’s music from the operas ‘Macbeth’, ‘Don Carlos’ and ‘Othello’ and the ‘Grand Symphony (number 9)’ by Schubert.

The first performance in 2014 in this programme will take place on St Valentine’s Day, February 14th, when British conductor Jane Glover will lead a concert including compositions by Mozart, Louis Spohr and Mendelssohn.

On May 16th, American-Israeli conductor Gisele Ben-Dor will close the series by conducting works by José Pablo Moncayo, Alberto Ginastera, Arturo Márquez and Revueltas Sánchez.

The ‘On High Heels’ concerts will take place at the grand hall of the Ilija M. Kolarac Foundation (Studentski Trg 5). The complete programme is available at www.bgf.rs.

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