In 2017, more than 20,000 music fans from Belgrade and beyond attended open-air concert of Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra. This year, the concert will be held under the slogan “Picnic under the Stars”.
105 musicians lead by maestro Gabriel Feltz will perform at 8:30 pm. The big novelty this year will be the presentation of visual project HD Odyssey, which will make this event even more spectacular than the previous one in 2017. While the orchestra plays masterpieces of classical music, the audience will be able to see screenings of magnificent images of the Earth and the Universe shot by NASA.
“During its second outdoor concert, the Philharmonic will take the audiences through the space – We would like to invite people from all over Serbia to a music picnic under the stars. Under the open sky, and on huge screens, we will see the incredible scenes of space, courtesy of NASA, while our orchestra will play anthological classical music”, stated Ivan Tasovac-Director of the Belgrade Philharmonic.
Following the snapshots of the Earth, the orchestra will perform Strauss’ epic composition Also sprach Zarathustra from the film 2001: Odyssey in the Universe, as well as A Short Drive in a Fast Machine, composition of John Adams. Then, the audience “moves to the Universe”, recorded with the latest optical instruments of NASA, alongside Dvorak’s New World Symphony.
Last year, between 20,000 and 30,000 people attended the concert with maestro Zubin Mehta as a special guest. In 2018 music fans can expect high-quality sound and a baby-fun pit as well.
Dragana Kostica is the Belgrade-based editor in chief and founder of Still in Belgrade art, culture and club scene magazine. She holds a Master of Arts in Cultural Policy and Management in Arts (MA of Arts) and a Bachelor degree in Archaeology.