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Application Deadline
June 10, 2024

Orchestra of the Kolarac Foundation

Orchestra of the Kolarac Foundation

Selected Soloists will be presented at the colORCHESTRA concert with the Orchestra of the Kolarac Foundation in Belgrad, Serbia, at the Kolarac Hall under the baton of Maestro Oliver von Dohnanyi. Concert dates - October 2025
Rehearsals with Orchestra of the Kolarac Foundation will be scheduled 3 days prior to concert date.

The concert will be Broadcast Live by Virtual Concert Halls on various public channels on YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Twitch, among other platforms
Video of the concert will stay available for playbacks on the channels.

Soloists will participate in interviews for media and other activities associated with the event.
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Important dates: Streaming technology seminar in preparation for Live Audition - prior to performing LIVE
May 17-21 and June 14-17, 2024 - Live Auditions. Broadcast on video and social platforms. Meet the Judges and the Music Director Oliver von Dohnanyi.
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No age restrictions.
Any instrumental Concerto, a single movement, or any Aria accepted.

Meet the Orchestra

The Grand Hall is the most prominent concert hall in Belgrade, intended for, most of all, classical music concerts. Along with the programme of the Music Centre production, the Grand Hall is the place for concerts of other organisers among which are Music production of RTS, Belgrade Philharmonic, Jugokoncert, Music Youth, Ensemble Kolo and others. 4 The Music Centre concerts are organised through the cycle The Greats of the Music Scene and The Rising Stars, free of charge promenade concerts The Kolarac Podium of Chamber Music on Sundays, Symphonic orchestra of RTS. In addition, the programmes in the Music Gallery present artists within the cycle Jubilee, Encounter with the Artist, Music Workshop, The Chosen for the Chosen, etc. The Music Centre also organises programmes for children of pre-school and school age within the programme How to Listen to the Concert and thus cultivates the future concert audience.

Meet the Conductor

OLIVER VON DOHNÁNYI
conductor
A brilliant podium artist from one of the oldest musical families in history
LAUREATE OF THE GOLDEN MASK
in the category "The best work of a conductor"

One of the most versatile European conductors, who is at home both on concert stages and in opera houses all over the world. His vast repertoire is mainly focused on the music of the 19th and 20th centuries, but he is a tireless promoter of the best composers and compositions created in the 21st century.
Awards and honors:
In addition to the Golden Masks, Oliver Dohnányi won the European Gustav Mahler Prize (2011) and the European Union Prize for the Arts (2011). His production of Norma won the "British Opera Award" for Opera North, Leeds (Theatre Award 2012 and Achievement in Opera 2012, directed by Christopher Alden) and "The Bartered Bride" won Best Opera Production of 1998 (Great Britain, directed by Daniel Slater)
Recordings:
He made numerous successful recordings with Naxos, Lyra, Opus / Audiphon, Panton, Supraphon and Marco Polo, including works by Glinka, Khatchaturian, Rimsky-Korsakov and Tchaikovsky for the Swiss label Novalis.

Application and Audition Process

Application form is DUE by the DEADLINE June 10, 2024
Upload video of any piece (with or without accompaniment). YouTube or Google Drive links are accepted
Application fee $75

Selected musicians will be invited to audition live on a public Internet TV Broadcast* and will receive a preparation tech session with VCHS Broadcast Engineers.
You will meet the Judges during Live Audition.
Live Auditions are held virtually.
Live Auditions are judged in real time.
Judges provide participants with immediate on-air feedback.
During the live audition participants will be able to speak with Judges.
• The judges’ decisions are final and may not be contested.
• To participate in the live online auditions, each musician must prepare required technical setup
Live Audition Fee - $250
*Fee includes the Technology Preparation session with A/V and Broadcast engineers

You will be notified about your acceptance into the colORCHESTRA program

Fees

Application and video pre-screening - $75
Live Audition - $250
Performance - NO FEE ($0)

Selected soloists are expected to cover their own travel expenses.

Upon request colORCHESTRA provides supporting documentation for selected soloists' visa applications.

Selected soloists may request press releases, letters of recommendation, confirmations of their participation in the concert, in support of the soloist's grants applications.

KOLARAC MUSIC CENTRE




The Centre promotes artistic music and music culture in Belgrade within the widest audience, opening its doors to young and older music lovers and connoisseurs. The Grand Concert Hall holds more than 250 concerts a year, one third being in organisation of the Music Centre. The Grand Hall is the most eminent concert hall in Belgrade, intended for, most of all, classical music concerts. Besides classical music, jazz, ethno, and world music are also performed there. Along with the programme of the Music Centre production, the Grand Hall is the place for concerts of other organizers among which the most relevant are Music production of RTS, Belgrade



Philharmonic, Jugokoncert, Music Youth, Ensemble Kolo and others. 4 The Music Centre concerts are organized through the cycle The Greats of the Music Scene and The Rising Stars, free of charge promenade concerts The Kolarac Podium of Chamber Music on Sundays, primarily aimed at raising the level of chamber music in our environment. There is a new cycle Winners, with internationally awarded artists performing on stage, as well as a family concert – 4 terms on Saturdays with young and talented soloists performing with the Symphonic orchestra of RTS. In addition, the programmes in the Music Gallery present artists within the cycle Jubilee, Encounter with the Artist, Music Workshop, The Chosen for the Chosen, etc. The Music Centre also organizes programmes for children of pre-school and school age within the programme How to Listen to the Concert and thus cultivates the future concert audience.


HISTORY OF THE FOUNDATION Ilija Milosavljević Kolarac, a Serbian merchant, bequeathed all his property to his people with the aim to spread scientific knowledge and culture in his last will and testament in 1878. In Kolarac’s lifetime Literary Fund was established, and until today there have been more than 200 literary works translated and published in the field of literature, science and culture. Fund for Erecting a Serbian University where scholars would transfer their knowledge to the people was also established. A magnificent edifice of the Kolarac Foundation, where the seat of the People’s University is, was finished in 1932. The architect Petar Bajalović, having an extraordinary sense for architectural finesse, tackled the issue of the Concert Hall space. The cutting edge scientific solutions for acoustics of the time were applied, and the Grand Concert Hall has been recognised as the most acoustic hall for music performances in Belgrade, and one of the most acoustic ones in Europe. The Hall was officially opened on 4th February 1932, with the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra concert. The People’s University started its programme activity on 9th October the same year. The first President of the Board of the Kolarac Foundation, Dr. Aleksandar Belić, in his opening speech in official opening of the Kolarac People’s University, clearly emphasized the role of the People’s University in the Serbian society, having in mind the mission and vision of the Foundation: Not only in our country, but also in the world, there is a need for a People’s University. That is an institution that invisibly entwines into similar schools and fills the gaps other schools leave in the social education system.




Every year since 1968 the Board of the Ilija M. Kolarac Foundation has been awarding Plaques of the Kolarac Foundation, for an exceptional contribution to the Foundation programme development and the Annual Gallery Award for the best exhibition of the season. Mission of the Kolarac Foundation is presentation and promotion of culture, science and art, development of the additional education concept, lifelong learning, and new incentives related to the the cultural and educational values of the institution. Vision of the Kolarac Foundation is that as a modern, well-equipped institution with a concert hall of relevance for the City of Belgrade and the Republic of Serbia, it gives contribution to life enrichment through cultural and educational contents. Basic values of the Kolarac Foundation are the tradition of knowledge, programme quality, continuance, dedication and audience trust, harmony and trustworthiness

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