Dora Pejačević in Kuala Lumpur for Women’s Day


On the occasion of International Women’s Day, March 8 and 9, 2019, in the Dewn Filharmonik Petronas hall in Kuala Lumpur, the Malay Philharmonic conducted bz the British-Australian conductor Jessica Cottis gave a concert entitled Women in Music.  Included in the programme was the Symphony in F sharp minor, op. 41, the first Croatian modern symphony from the pen of Croatian composer Dora Pejačević. The Swedish composer of Russian descent Victoria Borisova Ollas was represented by the composition Angelus, written to mark the 850th anniversary of the city of Munich. The oeuvre of the Australian composer of Uzbek descent  Elena Kats-Chernin was represented by the composition Mythic, the penning of which was commissioned by Symphony Australia, which combines six Australian symphony orchestras, including the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, which gave the work its first performance.  The charismatic conductor, artistic director and chief conductor of the Canberra Symphony, as well as visiting professor of conducting at the Royal Scottish Conservatory who has  to date conducted numerous famed orchestras like the London Philharmonic, the Royal Philharmonic and the Welsh National Orchestra and has worked in close collaboration with Donald Runnicles and Vladimir Ashkenazy, discovered the oeuvre of the best known Croatian woman composer, Dora Pejačević, as she related, just recently, particularly her Symphony, which she characterised as a rhapsodic, late Romantic work with an incredibly lush orchestration. The Malay Philharmonic was able to use the performance material of Dora’s Symphony thanks to the Music Information Centre of the Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall.

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