Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra and dedication to Beethoven in Gradac Park

Date created: 28.07.2020.

The musical program of the 71st Dubrovnik Summer Festival will continue with a concert dedicated to Beethoven will be held by the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra with pianist Marijan Đuzel, conducted by Italian-Turkish conductor Nil Venditti, on Thursday, 30 July at 9.30 pm in Gradac Park.

The festival performance of the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra sponsored by Kraš brings a program dedicated to the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven, although it will begin by the overture to Rossini's opera Il turco in Italia. Performing the Beethoven's Fifth Concerto in E flat major, better known as the Emperor Concerto, the orchestra will be joined by an award-winning Croatian pianist Marijan Đuzel, who perfected his piano skills at the Royal Conservatory in Brussels with Alexander Magyar. The second part of the musical evening in Gradac Park brings a performance of Beethoven's First Symphony.

The Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra is an important part of the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Dubrovnik and Croatia. It regularly appears in the one-of-a-kind settings of its own town, such as the Atrium of the Rector’s Palace, the city’s churches and squares. Due to epidemiological measures, the stage of their festival performance this year is Gradac Park, under the direction of Italian-Turkish conductor Nil Venditti, who was recently nominated Principal Guest Conductor of the Orchestra della Toscana after her very first visit in July 2019. She is also an assistant conductor to the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra this and next season – including her own Amsterdam Concertgebouw Hall debut with Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra. Beethoven is very much her repertoire strength, as warmly expressed by the manager of the Orchestre de Pau, where she just made her conducting debut with Schumann Cello Concerto and Beethoven Symphony No. 7. After the first rehearsal, the director of the orchestra Mr. Frédéric Morando said she is an extraordinary artist with a great career ahead of her. 

Tickets for this music performance are available for purchase at the Dubrovnik Summer Festival website or via ticketing service and at the box office of the Festival Palace (OdSigurate1) every day from 9 am to 9.30 pm. Purchases made with Mastercard® and Maestro® cards receive a 10% discount while all purchases and orders over 500 kunas receive a 30% discount voucher for Festival souvenirs. OTP bank continues the tradition of supporting the Festival, and this year with the loyalty program OTPetica offers its users an additional 10% discount when buying tickets at the box office in the Festival Palace.

The Dubrovnik Summer Festival will comply with the recommendations of the Croatian Institute of Public Health for preventing the spread of COVID-19 disease during all festival events, and we kindly ask the audience to do the same.