Portraits and Remembrance represent one of the main program features of Rossi Fest. This concert, which is held every January 27th, marking the World Holocaust Remembrance Day, is a result of the Open Call for Young Composers we have founded four years ago. Over the years, it has been a pleasure to follow up applications of young composers from all around the world, who expressed their different perspectives on the topic of the holocaust.
For the Rossi fest 2021 Programme seven pieces by composers from six different countries were selected, out of which three are based on poem A Bloody Fairytale by Serbian poet Desanka Maksimović - a poem we wanted to bring attention to in this festival edition. The composers have told us more about their pieces in short video-presentations.
Keeping in mind the current epidemiological situation, authors will mostly attend the rehearsals of their pieces live on the internet, while the Portraits and Remembrance concert will be screened online on Rossi Fest YouTube channel. By a unanimous decision of the jury, special awards were given to Lazar Đorđević for the piece 21st of October and to Bracha Bdil, for the piece My father`s death.
Distant Memories – Jonathan Domingo (Philippines) (world premier)
A Bloody Fairytale – Rose Hall (UK) (world premier)
There is still hope – Evgeniya Kozhevnikova (Russia)
Waren wir, sind wir, werden – Adrian Mocanu (Ukraine)
A Bloody Fairytale – Tamara Knežević (Serbia) (world premier)
21st of October – Lazar Djordjevic (Serbia) (world premier)
My father’s death – Bracha Bdil (Israel)
Dirigent: Radan Jovanović
Mina Gligorić, sopran
Ana Radovanović, mecosopran
Vuk Zekić, bariton
Jelena Španović, flute
Marija Lazić, oboe
Mihailo Samoran, clarinet
Dušan Petrović, bassoon
Mina Mendelson, concertmaster
Ladislav Mezei, artistic director of Jewish Chamber Orchestra
Boban Stošić, kontrabas
Vanja Šćepanović, klavir