Podgorica, 3 December 2009 Press release

Haydn memorial concert during Austrian culture week in Montenegro

Podgorica, 2 December 2009 – The first performance of Josef Haydn’s ‘great’ cello concerto in D major by the Montenegrin Symphony Orchestra (MSO), founded only two years ago, in cooperation with the Austrian soloists Stefan Kropfitsch and Stefan Kamilarov and the Austrian Embassy, took place on 24 November in commemoration of the greatest, yet gentle, revolutionary in classical music, the creator of the classical symphony. The programme of the concert, which was performed at the Montenegrin National Theatre and received an enthusiastic response, also included Haydn’s Oxford Symphony and Michael Haydn’s violin concerto in A major.

An exhibition of important works by photographer Erich Lessing opened on 23 November. Representative of the changes that have taken place in Europe during the past fifty years, it includes fourteen works by young contemporary artists from Austria, Central and South-Eastern Europe. Under the motto “Europe – in between” it marked the beginning of an Austrian culture week in Montenegro. Organised by Erste Foundation, the exhibition elicited great interest, not least because of the country’s strong art photography scene.

The two Austrian cultural events were rounded off by the exhibition “Art exčange – Inspiration is a Gift!”, which opened on 26 November, showing installations, video clips and pictures by five young Montenegrin and Austrian conceptual artists who presented their work at the Biljardija, the first Montenegrin ducal castle in the former capital of Cetinje, a town known today for its museums and academies. This event is part of a long-term cooperation programme between the Academy of Arts in Cetinje and the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, and is supported by Austrian Development Cooperation and the Embassy.


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