The program of the 62nd Musical Evenings at St Donatus

wed, May 25th, 2022

62nd edition, by the decision of the Council of Musical Evenings at St Donatus, is held in memory of the recently deceased conductor, composer and founder of the festival, Pavle Dešpalj.

Peter Pan in a co-production of Musical Evenings and the Zadar Puppet Theater

A unique, large and at the same time demanding production of the opening of this year's Evenings brings the work of the Croatian composer Bruno Bjelinski, Peter Pan. On July 6 at 9 pm at the Roman Forum, this ballet will be performed by the HRT Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Alan Bjelinski, as well as in adaptation for the puppet ensemble, of the Zadar Puppet Theater directed by Robert Bošković, with the participation of the Dance Department of B. Bersa Zadar Music School in collaboration with the School of Applied Arts and Design. This performance will mark the 30th anniversary of the death of one of the greatest Croatian composers of the 20th century, Bruno Bjelinski, and also the 30th anniversary of the death of the doyen of the Zadar puppetry scene, Branko Stojaković. The opening ceremony will be broadcast for the third year in a row by Croatian Radio and Television.

The Contemporaneity of early music cycle brings the world premiere of Hekuba

Shortly after the opening, the cycle Contemporary Early Music follows, which brings four exceptional musical experiences, among which the world premiere of the musical play Hekuba should be highlighted. Performed by the ensemble Dialogos under the direction of Katarina Livljanić and Kantaduri under the direction of Joško Ćaleta, directed by Sanda Hržić, the all-time power of Greek myth will meet the Venetian Renaissance finesse and the rough power of Dalmatia on the threshold of the Ottoman Empire. The artistic director of the cycle, Katarina Livljanić, also chose for the guest appearances of lute player Bor Zuljan, the ensemble La boz galana and the tenor and gambist Francisco Mañalich.

Zadar and world composers of the 19th century with ZCO, Simović and the Papndopulo quartet

Leaving the world of early music, the Evenings will stop in the 19th century in the repertoire of Zadar composers. Artistic director Jurica Šoša encouraged the members of the Papandopulo Quartet to arrange forgotten saxophone compositions by Zadar authors for four saxophones, all with the aim of raising awareness of Zadar's musical treasures of that period, whose popularization in music and the general public is yet to come. In addition to Zadar composers in the concert venues of the festival, the audience will have the opportunity to listen to the world repertoire of the 19th century. Thus, the Zadar Chamber Orchestra, along with Roman Simović, an exceptional soloist who has been coming to Zadar for eight years in a row playing a Stradivari, will perform the Jean Sibelius Violin Concerto. At the same time, the Orchestra will conclude the cycle of performances of Brahms' symphonies by performing the last, the Fourth.

Chamber pearls performed by young people from Zadar and concert master of ZCO, Marco Graziani

Bach's famous Six Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin will be performed by Marco Graziani and chamber works by Bruno Bjelinski will be performed by young Zadar musicians for whom the stage of the Musical Evenings at St Donatus has always been ready. The performers are Adrian Valčić, Silvija Magdalena Šimić, Antonija Šoša, Ivana Štorić, Marta Hut, Luka Šindija and Ana Lakić.

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