The festive concert “Sazvučja” under the baton of Tijana Vignjević was held on Friday night in the Sarajevo City Hall on the occasion of Bosnia and Herzegovina Statehood Day, under the auspices of the City of Sarajevo and Sarajevo Canton.
The concert, which was performed by the Camerata Academica orchestra, has a special significance because it brings together the Bosnian cultural community ‘Preporod’, the Croatian cultural society ‘Napredak’, the Serbian educational and cultural society ‘Prosvjeta’ and the Jewish cultural, educational and humanitarian society ‘La Benevolencija’, as fundamental cultural organizations of the people of BiH, with a tradition longer than 120 years.
The president of the Bosniak cultural community “Preporod”, Sanjin Kodric, said that the identity of every nation, that is, every community in general, is first of all in its culture, but that culture also connects people and nations.
“This is one of the fundamental principles on which our individual work rests, but also our otherwise very close, brotherly and sisterly cooperation, which we have nurtured for decades, practically since the time we were founded. And in this way, we are building the Bosnian society, understanding it as complex, plural, open and inclusive, as a society in which there is room for our peculiarities and peculiarities, but also for our bonds of reciprocity,” he said.
He claims that their individual and joint work reflects the complex historically shaped being of Bosnia and Herzegovina and that it is undoubtedly one of the most representative expressions of the ideal of the personal, precisely complex and plural, open inclusive “Bosnian-Herzegovinian paradigm”, which essentially had its necessary resonance in the ancient famous ZAVNOBiH formula.
“From there our Chords, which are not only our joint concert, but, on the contrary, a special musical metaphor of our understanding of ourselves and Bosnia and Herzegovina as our common home and homeland both in a social and spiritual sense, a series of voices or sounds that are and remain that which they are,” he concluded.
The audience had the opportunity to hear the works of composers originally from Bosnia and Herzegovina and composers who were born elsewhere, but spent their lifetime in Sarajevo.
The mayor of Sarajevo, Benjamina Karić, pointed out that with a musical event tonight, they are celebrating the wealth of diversity in Sarajevo, because diversity is the greatest value.
“In the spirit of unity, we express love for our Sarajevo and respect for our beloved homeland Bosnia and Herzegovina,” she pointed out.
The Prime Minister of the Canton of Sarajevo, Nihad Uk, said that the societies “Preporod”, “Napredak”, “Prosvjeta” and “La Benevolencija”, which rightly bear the epithet of fundamental cultural institutions of the people of Bosnia and Herzegovina, are among the oldest institutions in BiH, with a tradition longer than 120 years.
“The intercultural council made up of these four organizations is an indicator that in Bosnia and Herzegovina it is possible to nurture the multiplicity of our identities, our cultures, without mutual challenges and threats,” he emphasized.
The years in which these societies weaved struggle and dedicated work, the century in which they exist, Uk added, are living monuments of culture and witnesses of a time.
“These societies have just chosen the path of a better and common tomorrow. I hope and am sure that Bosnia and Herzegovina will succeed in creating a society in which there will be room for everyone and that young people will stay in Bosnia and Herzegovina,” he emphasized.
Among other things, the orchestra performed the Bosnian suite by Vlado Milosevic and the suite for oboe and string orchestra, then Archaico for string orchestra by the young Sarajevo composer Toni Toplan, and nine stylized Bosnian folk songs and composed songs written by Milan Prebanda, Cvjetko Rihtman, Asim Horozić , two songs composed by Dario Vučić.
Two songs by Alfredo Pordes, a conductor and composer from Sarajevo, who was active and worked in Bosnia and Herzegovina at the beginning of the 20th century, are a special curiosity, Fena reports.
Photo: BHRT/Edis Deljković