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US TOUR OF THE BELGRADE PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA - Concert at the Strathmore Music Center, October 8, 2014

This October the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra will perform for the first time in its history in the United States. The concert in Washington will be held on October 8 at the Strathmore Music Center, North Bethesda, Maryland at 7.30 pm. Concerts will also be held in Chicago (October 6), Cleveland (October 7) and New York (October 9)

The Ambassy of the Republic Serbia in Washington DC invites all classical music lovers to join us in welcoming the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra at the concerts  in the United States. 

Strathmore Music Center, October 8,  7:30 pm

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Masquerade: Suite
The Legend of Ohrid, Suite No. 1
Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 43

Conductor: Muhai Tang       Solist: Željko Lučić

With its 91-year-long tradition and the 96 musicians with an average age of 40, the Belgrade Philharmonic has achieved remarkable success and established itself as one of the leading national orchestras in the region over the last decade. According to the international media, the orchestra is one of the leading European orchestras (The Independent), Serbia’s cult orchestra (The Financial Times), the most successful cultural institution in Serbia (Jutarnji list, Zagreb) and Serbia’s most powerful PR weapon (Kvällsposten, Malmö).
The orchestra’s specific image, as well as its creative and often provocative marketing, influenced on the recognition of  the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra as an exponent of social changes. Therefore, BPO quickly attracted many famous names in the domain of classical music that have supported further development of the Belgrade Philharmonic. In the past several seasons, the orchestra has cooperated with the world’s acclaimed conductors and soloists, including Zubin Mehta, Krzysztof Penderecki, Sir Neville Mariner, Boris Berezovsky, Gerhard Oppitz, Barry Douglas, Nelson Freire, Fazil Say, Andrei Gavrilov, Julian Rachlin, Sarah Chang, Ivry Gitlis, Isabelle Faust, Mischa Maisky, David Geringas, Sol Gabetta, duo Igudesman and Joo, and others.
Since 2010, the position of the Chief Conductor of the orchestra has been held by the renowned Chinese conductor Muhai Tang, while the position of Resident Conductor from the season 2013/14 will is taken by young Serbian conductor Vladimir Kulenović, with a successful growing career in the USA.
During the last few years, the orchestra has had several successful tours and guest performances in Italy, Austria, Sweden, France, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia etc. The highlights on the international stage include appearances at the 2010 Ravello Festival, the first post-war guest performance at the opening of Julian Rachlin & Friends Festival in Dubrovnik and a 13-concert tour in Italy in 2011.

Western Balkans hoping to join EU soon

Belgrade/Berlin, 28 Aug 2014 – First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivica Dacic said today in Berlin to the Western Balkan region is a region of peace and stability, adding that it expects to soon join the European Union.

At a conference on the Western Balkans within a ministerial panel on "Economic Management and Joining the EU", Dacic in his address expressed gratitude to the government of the Federal Republic of Germany and Minister for Foreign Affairs Frank-Walter Steinmeier on the initiative and his personal commitment to ensure that these conference be held. 

The First Deputy Prime Minister pointed out that the new approach to the EU, in accordance with which chapters 23 and 24, relating to the rule of law and fight against corruption, should be opened at the beginning of the negotiation process, in the best interest of the candidate countries. 

He said that European integration is the most effective and quickest way to achieve high standards in these areas, which are crucial for the overall development of the state and society and for ensuring economic growth and social prosperity. 

According to Dacic, Serbia's priority is the rule of law, as a prerequisite for attracting foreign investments and activation of small and medium enterprises in the country. 

He recalled the 2013 Judicial Reform Strategy and the Strategy for the Fight against Corruption, which specifies in detail all the measures and timetable for implementation. 

He emphasised bilateral assistance and support of Germany in this field. 

The First Deputy Prime Minister said that efforts should be made to improve the regulatory framework and law enforcement, as well as to build a culture that has zero tolerance towards corruption. 

Dacic said Serbia does not expect the EU to lower its criteria for membership. 

We consider that it is significant every country moves towards the EU at its own pace, said Dacic.

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