The Croatian Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra will traditionally close the Dubrovnik Summer Festival with a large gala concert on August 25th in front of the Church of St. Blaise, this year under the direction of conductor Enrico Dindo, with the guest of young percussion star Simon Rubin. The final concert will start at exactly 10pm.
Enrico Dindo, a celebrated cellist and conductor, said that the creation of music is always an extraordinary experience, but making music in suggestive places makes it unique, and Dubrovnik is undoubtedly one of the most charming places to have such a magical experience. He pointed out that he had had this luck several times, since he had already performed as a cellist at the Festival, but this occasion is even more special because of the presence of the Croatian Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra. He’s been their chief conductor since the 2015/2016 season. In addition to professional collaboration, with Simone Rubin he also has a friendship that was born immediately and very spontaneously, as he pointed out, and he was fascinated by his percussion world and the overall way he experiences music, which led them to often share concert podiums. He added that he considers Simone to be one of the greatest contemporary musicians.
Simone Rubino is a name that marks a new era of percussionists who have established themselves on the classical music scene. He has performed with leading European orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and collaborated with major conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Gustavo Gimeno, Manfred Honeck, Tugan Sohiev and Kazuki Yamada. At his concerts, Rubino creates a virtuoso fireworks of unheard timbres and rhythmic precision, while enchanting with his sensible and nuanced style, the critic writes. He will be the resident artist of the Munich Radio Orchestra in the new season.
The final concert will be followed by a brief ceremony for the closing of the 70th Festival and the lowering of the Libertas festival flag from the city bell tower, with members of this year's drama and music festival ensemble.