The final concert of the Dubrovnik Musical Spring will be held on Friday April 28th in the Cathedral. On that occasion, the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra will be conducted by its honorary conductor Pavle Despalj, while the first bassoonist of the orchestra, Matija Novakovic, will perform as a soloist. The start of the concert is at 8.30 pm.
A distinguished master and academician Pavle Despalj has been awarded numerous awards for his work during his career: Milka Trnina, Nazor, Stolcar Slavenski, Orlando, Judita, Lovro pl. Matacic, the City of Zadar award, a series of Porin... He was always a frequent guest in Dubrovnik and several years ago Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra awarded him the status of honorary conductor.
The concert will be performed on a day of mourning for a serious maritime accident that happened on Wednesday night, and therefore will begin with appropriate Adagio for strings by Samuel Barber. On program there is also the Serenade for Strings in C major by Peter Iljic Tchaikovsky, while the bassoonist Matija Novakovic will perform the Papandopulo Concert for Bassoon and Strings.
Matija Novakovic started his education in Dubrovnik and continued it at the Zagreb Academy of Music and in Moscow at the famous "Tchaikovsky" Conservatory. In 1996 he graduated from the Zagreb Philharmonic Academy, where he became the first master of her instrument in the history of the Zagreb Academy of Music. He is particularly interested in Croatian composers and their bassoon and orchestra concerts, and is also co-founder and president of the Art Association "Konavle Art" and the Festival "Music and Word" Konavle.
Concert for bassoon and orchestra is another piece of Dubrovnik Musical Spring that the audience has no opportunity to hear very often and is a great finale of this beautiful festival.