Concert Portraits and Remembrance
Marking of Holocaust Remembrance Day
National Museum Belgrade
27. january 2019.
The Portraits and Remembrance concert is a significant part of the Rossi Fest program and is the only part of the festival that is constantly on the program of all festival editions. On the occasion of the World Day of Remembrance for Holocaust Victims, the program will consist of works made by young composers selected at the Competition for Composers: Portraits and Remembrance, as well as representative works composed by Jewish authors and historical works that correspond to the theme of the concert.
By participating in the Rossi Fest Competition Composers, young composers have the opportunity to contribute to the world's cultural heritage in the area of preserving memories of Holocaust victims and giving honour to those who opposed it, using historical literature and other sources as an inspiration or part of their compositions. The Artistic Committee of the festival selects the most representative performances for the concert each year.
This year, applications from countries around the world have been received (Luxembourg, Portugal, Croatia, Hungary, Iran, Mexico, Italy, Serbia, Uruguay, Kadana, Brazil, BiH, France , Israel, Russia, China, UK, South Africa, Armenia, Montenegro, USA, Ukraine), with nearly fifty compositions. The Artistic Committee of the Festival selected five pieces, of the following authors: Lazar Djordjevic (Serbia), Nina Perovic (Montenegro), Bracha Bdil (Israel), Ben Lunn (UK) and Guy Ben-Tov (Israel). In addition to the various chamber ensembles that will be presented to us that evening, Jewish Chamber Orchestra, the Baruch Brothers Choir and the Synagogal Ensemble Berlin will also take part in performing on the concert.
This year, festival recieved entries from over twenty countries around the world from nearly fifty compositions, and the Artistic Committee of the Festival selected five compositions, from following composers: Ben Lunn (UK), Bracha Bdil (Israel), Gay Ben-Tov (Israel), Nina Perovic (Montenegro) and Lazar Djordjevic (Serbia).
Beside the Baruch Brothers Choir and Jewish Chamber Orchestra, Synagogal Ensemble Berlin and vocal soloists and musicians gathered in various instrumental ensembles, performed at the concert.
The concert was conducted by Regina Yantian (Germany), Stefan Zekic and Djordje Perovic.