DATE: 30.09.2020
LOCATION: Belgrade, Serbia
VENUE: Belgrade Saxperience
Belgrade SAXperience 2020. 30.09.2020

SEVENTH INTERNATIONAL SAXOPHONE FESTIVAL – BELGRADE SAXPERIENCE 2020

The seventh international saxophone festival in Serbia – Belgrade SAXperience will be held from September 30th to October 3rd in Belgrade.

Belgrade SAXperience is a unique international saxophone festival, featuring the most important foreign and domestic saxophonists. It is specific in that it follows modern trends and strives to reach the widest layers of the audience, so in addition to classical and jazz concerts, the audience has the opportunity to attend the daily open air performances.

In the new, modified (online) edition, the audience will have the opportunity to enjoy top quality concerts during the four days of the festival.Even in these challenging times, the festival continues the tradition of ordering new works and enriching of the saxophone literature. This year, three compositions by domestic authors Maja Bosnić, Svetlana Savić and Ivan Brkljačić will be premiered.

Duo Alloy from Austria, consisting of saxophonist Mojca Pecman and pianist Ana Marković, will perform at the opening concert of the festival called LADIES FIRST, on Wednesday, September 30th at 8 pm. The concert will be shown online on the official YT channel as well as on the festival’s website and social networks. Listeners will have the opportunity to hear the premiere performance of a composition by local author Maja Bosnić, who wrote a work for saxophone and piano as an order for the Festival. The program will also include works by other contemporary composers, and the artists’ concert is supported by the Austrian Cultural Forum.

The second evening of the festival called MOSCOW NIGHTS, on Wednesday, October 1st at 8 pm in the Cultural Institution Stari Grad, will be dedicated to jazz saxophone, when one of the most famous Russian ethno jazz saxophonists Oleg Kireyev will perform together with our prominent pianist Dragan Ćalina. Due to the limited number of seats, the concert will be shown online on the official YT channel of the festival, as well as on the website and social networks, and the audience will have the opportunity to hear Oleg Kireyev’s compositions with a handful of improvisations on the saxophone. Admission to the concert is free, and the number of seats is limited with a mandatory reservation on the website of the Cultural Institution Stari Grad. This concert is supported by the Russian company DT termo.

On the third evening of the festival called BELGRADE ONLINE, on Thursday, October 2nd, in the Ceremonial Hall of the City Assembly, starting at 8 pm, our prominent saxophonist Milan Savić will perform together with our great pianist Uki Ovaskainen. They will perform the works of domestic authors, as well as the premiere of Ivan Brkljačić’s composition written for alto saxophone and voice together with our prominent mezzo-soprano Ana Radovanović. Admission to the concert is free, and since the number of seats is limited, the concert will be shown online on the official YT channel, as well as on the festival’s website and social networks.

On the last evening on Saturday, October 3rd, starting at 8 pm, a concert called BRUSSELS TIMES will be shown online on the official YT channel, as well as on the festival’s website and social networks. The audience will have the opportunity to hear one of the most important saxophonists from Belgium, Simon Diricq, a professor at the Royal Conservatory in Brussels. Simon Diricq, together with pianist Casaccio Flavien, will premiere the order of the festival, the work of our famous composer Svetlana Savić, as well as other works of contemporary music by authors from Belgium. This concert is supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of Belgium in Serbia.

Part of the rich program of the Belgrade SAXperience festival are afternoon open-air concerts at various locations in the center of Belgrade – on the plateau in front of the Cultural Center of Belgrade, on Cvetni trg, on Nikola Pašić Square and on Kalemegdan. Milan Savić and Uki Ovaskainen will perform at these concerts and directly gain a new young audience with a specially selected repertoire for this occasion.

In order to decentralize culture, the audience throughout Serbia will have the opportunity to hear the world’s renowned saxophonists at concerts from September 26th to October 6th in Smederevo, Vrsac, Pirot and Nis, where Milan Savić, Ana Radovanović and Uki Ovaskainen will perform in the first part of the tour and in the other part Oleg Kireyev and Dragan Ćalina.

In addition to the guest appearances of the best world and domestic saxophonists, an important segment of the festival is the educational program in which saxophone students are able to learn from renowned saxophonists who perform at the festival. The online master classes of the Belgrade SAXperience Festival will be held at the Cultural Center of Belgrade, and are open to saxophone students, as well as young professionals. In addition to the main program of the festival in Belgrade, and concert tours throughout Serbia, Belgrade SAXperience organizes summer and winter saxophone school. These schools are held with the aim of giving students the opportunity to learn from world saxophonists in a unique way and in a different atmosphere.

The festival is supported by the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia.

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