news 30 Sep 13

Ex-Yugoslav Musicians Perform ‘War Requiem’

Orchestras and choirs from four former Yugoslav republics played together in Zagreb at a concert intended to promote cross-regional understanding.

Boris Pavelic

Musicians from Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia and Bosnia and Herzegovina perfomed Benjamin Britten's ‘War Reqiuem’ on Saturday to mark the 40th anniversary of the opening of the Vatroslav Lisinski concert hall in the Croatian capital.

The concert hall’s director Drazen Siriscevic said that “the Lisinski on its 40th anniversary continues the tradition of respecting and spreading multiculturalism, peace and understanding by performing Benjamin Britten's music”.

Six orchestras and choirs from the four countries performed the War Requiem’: the Zagreb Philharmonic, the chamber orchestra of the Sarajevo Philharmonic, the Radio-Television Serbia choir, the Sarajevo National Theatre choir, the Slovenian chamber choir and the Little Stars children’s choir from Zagreb.

Soloists Aneta Ilic from Belgrade, Ljubomir Puskaric from Zagreb and Amir Saracevic from Sarajevo sang solo parts, and the conductors were Ivo Lipanovic from Croatia and Samra Gulanovic from Bosnia.

‘War Requiem’, one of Britten’s best-known works, expresses strong anti-war sentiments.

It was first performed in 1962 to mark the consecration of the new cathedral in the British city of Coventry which was destroyed by bombing during World War II.

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