Top American organist Cameron Carpenter will perform with the Croatian Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Italian conductor Daniele Rustioni in the grand concert finale of the 69th Dubrovnik Summer Festival in front of St Blaise's Church on Saturday, 25 August at 22:00. The concert will be broadcast live by Croatian Television Channel HRT1 and Croatian Radio Channel 3.
This spectacular music event will mark the end of the 69th Dubrovnik Summer Festival with Rachmaninov's Paganini Variations arranged by Cameron Carpenter, who described his version of the composition as ‘Rachmaninov on steroids’. This will be followed by Symphony No. 1 Finale by Louis Vierne, French composer and principal organist at the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, who died of a heart attack on 2 June 1937 during his 1750th organ recital at the Cathedral. Out of six movements of the symphony, the Finale, which was called ‘my Marseillaise’ by the author, is the best known. The concert will be concluded with Symphony No. 3 in C minor,a monumental work of French composer Camille Saint-Saëns who said, ‘I gave everything to it I was able to give. What I have here accomplished, I will never achieve again,’ after he finished it, aware that it would be his last attempt at symphonic form.
The Croatian Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra is one of the oldest European radio orchestras: it grew out of an orchestra founded in 1929 for Radio-Zagreb, just six years after the foundation of the first European radio orchestra. It has borne its current title since 1991. Since the season 2015/2016, Enrico Dindo has held the position of the Principal Conductor. With a unique programme orientation, at the centre of which is the continuous performance and stimulation of works by Croatian authors as well as a repertoire of both standard and lesser-known works, the Croatian Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra has become one of the key performing bodies in Croatia. They have regularly collaborated with the Dubrovnik Summer Festival, and the last couple of seasons, and also this year, they have been granted the honour of closing the Festival.