November 24 in Sarajevo Marks the Beginning of the First Bosnia International Music Festival

Sarajevo, November 17, 2005. November 24 through December 8, the people of Sarajevo will have an opportunity to see a series of concerts as part of the Bosnia International Music Festival (BIMF). The festival will last for two weeks and, as part of the main program in Bosniak Institute, Dom Armija and Narodno Pozoriste, it will feature performances by renowned members of global and Bosnian classical scene, including Ursula Oppens, Mykola Suk, Virko Baley, Lorenzo Di Bella, Fabio Bidini, Sonemus, Sarajevo Philharmonic, String Quartet Chamber Theatre 55 and Adema Pljevljak. The festival’s six major concerts will represent artists from five countries, including United States, Ukraine, Germany, Italy and Bosnia and Herzegovina and will mark the premieres of two compositions, one Bosnian and one global.

“International Music Festival “Bosnia” is a unique cultural milestone in Bosnia and Herzegovina, uniting elements such as commissioned classical pieces based on sevdalinka , solo performances, chamber music and symphony orchestra,” said Zemira Maslesa, director of the festival, pianist and composer who is pursuing her masters degree in piano and composition at the University of Nevada Las Vegas.

The festival helps restore artistic collaboration in Bosnia, at the same time building Sarajevo as a cultural center of the world of classical music, in Europe and abroad. In addition, the festival provides outlets for students from Bosnia and Herzegovina to network with other musicians from Europe and abroad through master classes, which are for students of Music Academy in Sarajevo free of charge.

Bosnia International Music Festival also encourages worldwide interest in Bosnian cultural heritage and its music tradition. The festival’s organizational committee collaborated with world-renowned composers to create compositions inspired by traditional Bosnian music. For example, the festival will mark the world premiere of a composition titled “Floating Reeds” by an American composer Virko Baley who was comissioned by Zemira Maslesa to develop a piece based on sevdalinka. According to Baley, “The piece is an imaginary reflection of Bosnia’s nature as seen in pictures and film.”

The festival will also mark the Bosnian premiere of a composition by Frederic Rzewski titled “United People Will Never Be Defeated,” which will be preformed by Ursula Oppens, the critically acclaimed pianist known for her collaborations with composers. Oppens, who received a Grammy nomination for her performance of this piece, was responsible for its creation because she commissioned it from Rzewski. "The People United Will Never be Defeated" is a set of 36 variations on a theme by a Chilean composer Sergio Ortega, who composed it several weeks before the September 1973 coup in Chile. This song became an anthem of the Democratic movement in Chile and was sung at many peaceful demonstrations throughout the country.

This ambitious and passionate composition came to Rzewski in a moment of inspiration, representing universal longing for happiness associated with peace. Incorporating it in the program for this year, which marks the tenth anniversary of peace in Bosnia, the festival’s committee pays its respect to the victims of the recent war and citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina who fought to maintain their lives and their dignity.

Among other performers, it is important to note the pianist Maestro Mykola Suk, the winner of Liszt Competition, who at the end of 1970s performed in Bosnia and taught at the world-renowned universities such as Moscow Conservatory, Columbia University, Boston New England Conservatory and University of Nevada Las Vegas. On December 8, Suk will perform with Sarajevo Philharmonic Orchestra in a piece conducted by Bosnian conductor Emir Nuhanovic.

It is also important to note Fabio Bidini, the finalist of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, as well as the brilliant young pianist Lorenzo Di Bella, the winner of 2005 International Competition for Young Pianists in Memory of Vladimir Horowitz.

One of the interesting pieces, which will be represented at the festival includes “Writings from the Ancient Graves,” a collection of songs written by Zemira Maslesa inspired by ancient gravestones of the Bosnian prince Nenac and the young woman Asta. This composition will be preformed by soprano Adema Pljevljak.

It is important to add that the festival could not be realized without the support of its sponsors. Official sponsors of the Bosnia International Music Festival include Bosniak Institute in Sarajevo (Foundation of Mr. Adil-bey Zulfikarpasic), Hotel Saraj, University of Nevada Las Vegas (College of Fine Arts and Music Department), Northwestern University (Music Department), Ministry of Culture and Sport of Sarajevo Cantone, Torlic Family Trust, MediaStream, CityLine, MetroMedia, International Competition for Young Pianists in Memory of Vladimir Horowitz. Media sponsors include BHTV and BH Radio 1 while InfoBar participates as the marketing sponsor of the festival.

The festival also received support from the Embassy of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the United States, the Consulate of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Turkey, Academy of Bosnia and Herzegovina in New York, University of Sarajevo Rectory, Sarajevo Graduate School of Business, Center for Balkan Development (Friends of Bosnia) and Reconciliation and Culture COOperative Network (RACOON) based in the United States, as well as Bosnia and Herzegovina Institute, based in England.

The majority of performances will be held in Bosniak Institute (Mula Mustafe Baseskije Street 21), with the exception of the first concert, which will take place in Dom Armija, and the final concert with Sarajevo Philharmonic in the National Theatre. All tickets are free of charge. For more information about Bosnia International Music Festival, visit www.bimf.ba.

For more information, contact:
Zemira Maslesa
Director, Bosnia International Music Festival
(001) 702- 301-4288
maslesaz@aol.com

Amra Turalic
Communications and Marketing Coordinator, Bosnia International Music Festival
(001) 917-302-2702
aturalic@gmail.com

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U Sarajevu 24. Novembra Pocinje Internacionalni Muzicki Festival "Bosna"

Sarajevo, 17. novembra, 2005. U Sarajevu ce se u periodu od 24. novembra do 8. decembra 2005. odrzati niz koncerata klasicne muzike pod okriljem novog Internacionalnog Muzickog Festivala "Bosna.” Festival ce trajati oko dvije sedmice, a u okviru glavnog programa u Bosnjackom Institutu, Domu Armije, i Narodnom Pozoristu bosanskohercegovackoj publici ce se predstaviti velika imena svjetske i domace klasicne muzicke scene, medju kojima su Ursula Oppens, Mykola Suk, Virko Baley, Lorenzo Di Bella, Fabio Bidini, Sonemus, Sarajevska Filharmonija, Sarajevski Gudacki Kvartet te Adema Pljevljak. Planirano je da festival na 6 koncerata predstavi umjetnike iz 5 zemalja svijeta, kao sto su Sjedinjene Americke Drzave, Ukrajina, Italija, Njemacka, i Bosna i Hercegovina, a festival ce takodje oznaciti dvije premijere - svjetsku i bosansku.

“Internacionalni Muzicki Festival "Bosna" je jedinstven kulturni dogadjaj u Bosni i Hercegovini, koji ce ujedinjavati elemente kao sto su narucena klasicna djela bazirana na sevdalinci, solo koncerti, kamerni sastavi i koncerti simfonijskog orkestra,” izjavila je Zemira Maslesa, direktorica festivala, pijanista i kompozitor koja je na University of Nevada Las Vegas pri kraju postdiplomskih studija odsjeka kompozicije i klavira.

Ciljevi festivala su restauriranje umjetnicke saradnje u Bosni i Hercegovini, te gradnja jedne nove dimenzije grada Sarajeva u svijetu klasicne muzike, ne samo u Evropi, vec i sire. U okviru programa, studenti muzike iz Bosne i Hercegovine ce imati priliku da profesionalno saradjuju sa vrhunskim izvodjacima iz Evrope i sire u okviru ‘master classes,’ koji su za studente Muzicke Akademije besplatni.

Festival takodje promovise bosansku kulturnu bastinu i njenu muzicku tradiciju. Naime, festivalski odbor je angazovao eminentne svjetske kompozitore za kreiranje kompozicija baziranih na tradicionalnoj muzici Bosne i Hercegovine, s time razvijajuci interes u svijetu za bosanskohercegovacku kulturnu bastinu. Upravo za ovu priliku, odrzace se svjetska premijera kompozicije americkog kompozitora Virko Baley, “Floating Reeds”, kom je za inspiraciju Zemira Maslesa dala temu sevdalinke koju je Baley obradio sa potpunom umjetnickom slobodom. U rijecima Baley-a, “djelo je imaginarna reflekcija bosanske prirode vidjene na slikama i filmu.”

Festival ce takodje oznaciti bosansku premijeru kompozicije Frederic Rzewski pod nazivom "Ujedinjeni Narodi Nikad Nece Biti Pobjedjeni", u izvedbi Ursule Oppens, eminentne pijanistkinje cuvene po svojim kolaboracijama sa kompozitorima. Ursula Oppens, koja je nominirana za Grammy nagradu za izvedbu ovoga djela, je osoba koja je zasluzna za njegov sami nastanak jer ga je narucila of Rzewskog. “Ujedinjeni Narodi Nikad Nece Biti Pobjedjeni” je ciklus od 36 varijacija na temu istoimene pjesme Sergio Ortega, koju je ovaj cileanski kompozitor napisao par sedmica pred septembarski puc 1973 u Cile-u. Pjesma je postala himna demokratskog pokreta u Cile-u jer je pjevana na mnogim mirnodopskim demonstracijama po cijelom Cile-u.

Ova stravstvena i ambiciozna kompozicija je Rzevskom‘dosla’ u instantom momentu inspiracije, predstavljajuci opceljudsku i opcevremensku teznju za srecom koju zivot u miru donosi. Ukljucivajuci je u program ove godine, koja obiljezava deceniju poslijeratnog mira, festivalski odbor odaje pocast zrtvama iz nedavnog rata, te gradjanima Bosne i Hercegovine koji su u teskim okolnostima uspjeli sacuvati svoju dostojnost.

Vrijedno je istaci i pijanistu Maestro Mykola Suk, pobjednika Liszt takmicenja, koji je krajem 1970-tih godina u Bosni izvodio koncerte i predavao na cuvenim univerzitetima poput Moskovskog Konzervatorija, Columbia University, Boston New England Conservatory i University of Nevada Las Vegas. 8. decembra Suk ce nastupati sa Sarajevskom Filharmonijom pod dirigentskom palicom Emira Nuhanovica.

Takodje bi trebalo pomenuti Fabio Bidini, Van Cliburn finalistu, kao i mladog brilijantnog pijanistu Lorenzo di Bella, pobjednika Horowitz 2005 Piano Competition.

Jedno od interesantnih djela predstavljenih na festivalu je “A se lezi Asta” iz ciklusa pjesama 'Zapisi sa stecaka' Zemire Maslese inspirisan natpisom sa stecka mlade djevojke Aste, u izvedbi sopranistice Ademe Pljevljak.

Vazno je pomenuti da se festival ne bi mogao izvesti bez podrske sponzora. Oficijelni pokrovitelji Internacionalnog Muzickog Festivala "Bosna" su Bosnjacki Institut u Sarajevu (Fondacija gospodina Adil-bega Zulfikarpasica), Hotel Saraj, University of Nevada Las Vegas (College of Fine Arts i Music Department), Northwestern University (School of Music), Ministarstvo za Kulturu i Sport Kantona Sarajevo, Torlic Family Trust, MediaStream, CityLine, MetroMedia, Horowitz Competition, a medijski sponzori su BHTV1 i BH Radio 1. InfoBar je marketing sponzor.

Festival takodje podrzavaju Ambasada BiH u SAD, Konzulat Bosne i Hercegovine u Turskoj, Akademija Bosne i Hercegovine u New York-u, Rektorat Sarajevskog Univerziteta, Sarajevo Graduate School of Business, Center for Balkan Development (Friends of Bosnia), Reconciliation and Culture COOperative Network (RACOON), i sa sjedistima u Americi, kao i Institut Bosne i Hercegovine, sa sjedistem u Engleskoj.

Vecina nastupa ce se dogoditi u Bosnjackom Institutu (ul. Mula Mustafe Baseskije 21), sa izuzetkom prvog koncerta u Domu Armije, i zavrsnog koncerta sa filharmonijom u Narodnom Pozoristu. Sve ulaznice su besplatne. Za vise informacija o Internacionalnom Muzickom Festivalu “Bosna”, posjetite www.bimf.ba.

Kontakti:
Zemira Maslesa
Direktor festivala
001-702- 301-4288
387-061-547-437
maslesaz@aol.com
bimf@bimf.ba

Amra Turalic
Koordinator komunikacija i marketinga
001-917-302-2702
aturalic@gmail.com