11:00  Town Square
Concert: Classical music at 11
Children’s choir Vivak, Negotin
Conductor: Dragana Marinović Simonović

Triple compact disc DURATION was created by composer Vladimir Tošić as part of marking 40 years of his artistic work (1976-2016). The selection of compositions included on this triple CD represents the three respective phases of his creative work in relatively comprehensive manner. Works on the first disc are strict minimalist compositions composed during the first phase of author’s creative work – Melange, Di/Fusion, Fusion. All essential characteristics of his musical style were clearly marked from the beginning of this phase, especially reduction, processuality, repetitiveness, and predominantly arched-symmetrical musical form. The second phase (since 1990) is represented by the most widely-performed compositions – Dual, Varial, Voxal… In those works greater communication with listeners has been established by connecting shorter processes, thus increasing the amount of events in time. The third phase (after 2010) contains all the main features of the first two phases, but with even more prominent communication. Most important works from this period are cyclic compositions named Medial for various soloists and ensembles.
All recordings were made during whole 40 years, and the performers are our great artists; SO RTS and Bojan Suđić, Trio Movement, Vladimir Cvijić, Stana Krstajić and many others. Disc was published by the Faculty of Music in Belgrade, with financial support provided by SOKOJ and the Mihajlo Pupin Institute.

Vladimir Tošić (Belgrade, 1949), composer, multimedia artist, full professor at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade. He graduated as a composer from the same faculty in the class of Vasilije Mokranjac.
The works of Vladimir Tošić were performed regularly on domestic and foreign concert podiums and contemporary music festivals around the world: Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, England, France, Netherlands, Italy, Germany, Peru, Portugal, The USA, Scotland, Sweden…
Vladimir Tošić’s compositions are on several compact discs published in Serbia and the United States. Among them are: MELANGE (2000), MUSIC FOR PIANO (2014), MUSIC FOR YOUNG PIANISTS (2016) and DURATION (2016), which was awarded for the best album in 2016 by the magazine Muzika klasika.
For his composition, Voxal, he was awarded the first prize at the Thomas Bloch Contest (Paris, 2000). He also won third prize at the competition of composers of children’s music, Guitarrentage für Kinder (Lebah, Germany, 2011), where his composition was published by the well-known publishing house Chanterelle from Heidelberg. The basis of the creative approach of Vladimir Tošić is a reductionist principle in shaping a new work. All his works are processual, repetitive and based on very few different elements, and sometimes even on only one (color, rhythm, harmony …).
The most important works of Vladimir Tošić are: Varial, Dual, Trial, Voxal, Fisija, Fusion, Altus, Medial…

Vladimir Cvijić is a full professor ат the Department of Piano, Faculty of Music, University of Arts Belgrade. He received his D.A. (Doctor of Arts) in 2012 from the Faculty of Music.
Vladimir Cvijić is a laureate of a number of national and international competitions, including the Grand Prix Claude Kahn prize on the international competition Claude Kahn in Paris (1996). He also received award from Emil Hajek fund within Faculty of Music, and October Award of the City of Belgrade.
He participated in major festivals in the country and region such as BEMUS, NIMUS, Days of Culture in Vrnjačka banja, Vladimir Milosevic festival in Banja Luka, City Theatre in Budva, Skopje Summer festival, and Ohrid Summer festival. He appeared as soloist with the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, RTS Symphony Orchestra, Nis Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra Dušan Skovran, Serbian Chamber Orchestra, St. George Strings, a chamber quartet Bacchus from Salzburg, and collaborated with conductors such as Darinka Matić Marović, Bojan Suđić, Angel Šurev, Yuri Aliev, Jordan Dafov, Vinsen Montey, Anatoly Novitzki. Vladimir also made a number of recordings for RTS, and three CDs with minimalistic music composed by Vladimir Tošić.


18:00 Krajina  Cinema Stage
Concert-promotion of the triple compact-disc Duration by Vladimir Tošić
Vladimir Cvijić , pianist

Un viaggio is a story about four friends, four artists who come together at the beginning of a new musical voyage. That new musical path means crossing their former artistic range from different musical stories, already accomplished, and eager to reach something new and very exciting. There are no secrets, there is only a fourth musical dimension which has been discovered and after which nothing will stay the same!

ZORAN TODOROVIĆ, was born in Belgrade, educated in Wien and Frankfurt. He gained the world reputation as a lirico-spinto tenor. The list of the fellow colleagues he has worked with is long and impressive one. It contains names such as: Montserrat Caballé, Edita Gruberová, Sondra Radvanovsky, June Anderson, Elina Garanca, Violeta Urmana, Sonia Ganassi, Vesselina Katsarova, Renato Bruson, conductors Marco Armiliato, Marcello Viotti, Daniele Gatti, Fabio Luisi… He has performed at leading theatres such as the Bavarian State Opera, the State Chapel in Berlin, the Dutch Opera, the Royal Theatre in Brussels, the Vienna State Opera, the operas in San Francisco and Los Angeles, the German Opera and the State Opera in Berlin, the Capitol Theatre in Toulouse, German opera in Dresden, Royal Opera – Covent Garden, Zurich opera, National Theatre in Tokyo and many others.
He won the audience as Rodolfo in La bohème, Lenski in Eugne Onegin, Alfredo in Traviata, Don Jose in Carmen, and also Lonengrine and Parsifal in the same name as Wagner’s operas. Among other roles are Andrea Chénier, Dick Johnson (La fanciulla del West), Pollione in Norma, Manriko in Il Trovatore, Don Alvaro (La Forza del Destino), Turiddu (Cavalleria rusticana), Kanio (Pagliacci), Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly) and a number of others. In the season 2016/17, he debuted at the stage of the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in the new production of Othello with great success and continued to perform in the famous production of this opera at the Teatro de Cristóbal Colón in Bogotá, signed by Willy Decker.

Guitarist ZORAN ANIĆ was educated in Belgrade (he got his master’s degree at the Faculty of Music), but he also studied with eminent world professors abroad. He is the winner of many national and international competitions, achieved fruitful career having held hundreds of solo and chamber music concerts, in various chamber ensembles with local and foreign musicians across Europe and in America. He is currently active in Guitaneon duo with bandoneon player Aleksandar Nikolić, working on art project Un Viaggio with tenor Zoran Todorovic and in a duo Shaker with the accordionist Nenad Ljubenović. He has performed with leading symphony, chamber and other orchestras (Belgrade Philharmonic, the Symphony Orchestra of RTB, Strings St. George, Belgrade String Chamber Orchestra, Belgrade String Quartet, Plovdiv Symphony Orchestra …), where, in addition to the classic work written for guitar (Rodrigo, H. V. Lobos, Vivaldi, Giuliani, Piazzolla, Ponce …), he premiered the Bach’s Concerto for piano, which he processed for his instrument.
He made a lot of audio and video recordings. He is a teacher at the music school Dr Vojislav Vučković in Belgrade and visiting professor at the Academy of Art in Slobomir (Bijeljina). He is active as a lecturer and member of the jury at many international festivals and competitions. He was an assistant professor at the Music Academy in Sarajevo. In addition, he was a founder of the Association of Serbian classical guitarists and Association of classical guitarists of the South-East Europe and Founder and Director of Guitar Open Festival in Subotica and Winter Music Academy.

ALEKSANDAR NIKOLIĆ studied in Belgrade and Bratislava, where in 1997 he was awarded the title of Master of Arts. He is the Laureate of the international competitions Premio – Citta di Castelfidardo and Premio Stefano Bizzari – Moro d ‘oro. He is actively performing at home and abroad. He made a great contribution in promoting tango music and creative opus of Astor Piazzolla, as the first and only active concert soloist on bandoneon in Serbia. He has performed with leading orchestras in the region and beyond including the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, RTS Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony orchestra from Vietnam, Symphony Orchestra from Istanbul, Saigon, Symphony Orchestra AGBU from Sofia, Army Symphony Orchestra – Stanislav Binički, Strings of St. George, Zagreb Soloists, Macedonian Philharmonic, Vojvodina Symphony Orchestra… He was the founder of the Beltango Quinteto, with which he has performed in over 800 concerts around the world (Argentina, Germany, Italy, France, Switzerland, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Netherlands, Spain, Turkey, Greece, Malta, Austria, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro …) He is the artistic director of the international music and dance troupe Tango de mi Vida. He also deals with composing. His author’s opus belongs to a new direction called Balkango, which represents a mix of tango and Balkan culture. He has won the prestigious Astor Piazzolla Music Award in 2008.

SLOBODAN GERIĆ graduated, received his master’s degree and received his PhD at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade in the class of Professor Nebojša Ignjatović. He also studied in Vienna and Siena, performed as a soloist with the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, the Strings of St. George, Niš Symphony Orchestra, and Symphony Orchestra from Klagenfurt, Belgrade String Orchestra Dušan Skovran, and Symphony Orchestra of the Academy of Art from Banja Luka, Ljubica Marić Orchestra and Borislav Pašćan Youth Philharmonic Orchestra. As a member of various ensembles he has been touring around the world. He was solo contrabassist in Belgrade String Orchestra Dušan Skovran (1985-1992) and director of the double bass department of the Belgrade Philharmonic (1994-2007), and is currently engaged as a solo double bass player of the Strings of St. George. He performs as a soloist and chamber musician with Balkan Chamber Academy and is a member of ethno jazz ensemble Ognjen and friends. He also works as a full-time professor at Faculty of Music in Belgrade, and many of his former students are active contrabassists in the country and abroad. He was an artistic director of the School for Music Talents in Ćuprija from 2006 to 2010. He is the head of the Department of strings since 2006 and the founder of Basomanija festival.


20:00  Cultural Centre
Concert: Ensemble Un Viaggio
Zoran Todorović, tenor (Hamburg)
Aleksandar Nikolić, bandoneon
Zoran Anić, guitar
Slobodan Gerić, double bass

Deprecated from the erosion of time, Dragoljub Firulović devoted himself to the discovery of a smooth notary stone. The stone is a secret with a face that can only be seen under water, every other state is a disaster in progress…
…Firulović is a poet, and, unlike other painters, it is easier for him to depict trembling, noise, wave, underwater thunderstorms and me. He is the one who mixes imaginary colours. Those colours that do not exist at any art academy…

From the text Enamel of the Stone Spider Web by Slobodan Ristović

The mystery, beauty and epic are an integral part of the countryside around Miroč Mountain, where Firulović lives and where he came from, which is inseparable part and the child of that fantastic world, where natural laws differ from the laws on the rest of the planet. He describes his world through poems and paintings. Let’s hear this singing as a scream from our past and look at those stones in his paintings as our starting point…

Miloš Šobajić

A painter and a poet Dragoljub Firulović – Firul (1956) lives and works in Negotin at the Firul atelier. He was learning painting at the Summer Academy of Fine Arts Pena, led by its founder, renowned master of painting Radislav Trkulja, with the participation of other distinguished painters, professors of our art academies, for eight years. As a poet and member of the Association of Writers of Serbia, he published four collections of poetry: Dying of the Water, Me, Galleries or Rhyming in Painting, Hunting for Stones and Son of Angels, as well as the memorial edition We are Astafir. Books Me, Galleries or Rhyming in Painting, and Son of Angels are also published in Romanian language. He is one of the founders of the Artistic Association Krajina’s circle, where he is a current president, as well as the Associations of painters Negotin. He is the initiator of the Art-Ecological Association Stone Hunters. So far he has exhibited 20 times independently and at several group exhibitions in the country and abroad. He is a participant of a large number of art colonies in Serbia and abroad, and his paintings are found in collections of numerous collectors.
He also deals with music. With the trumpeter Mile Paunović, he recorded a compact disc called Sun from the East (PGP RTS) in 2009 inspired by the original motifs of the Negotin and Timok’s region. He often performs with pianist Bojan Čukić singing folk songs in original jazz arrangements.
He is awarded with prestigious awards, including the Award of Ivo Andrić Academy, May Award of the city of Negotin, International Prize Nikita Stanescu (Romania), etc.


22:00 Birth house of Mokranjac
Paintings exhibition Dragoljub Firulović
Both Stone and Sound