The program, Libera me, is very personal to Goran Končar, one of Croatia’s most prominent violinists. The piece Libera me for violin and organ was dedicated to Končar by Davor Bobić, Varaždin composer and director of the Varaždin Baroque Evenings, now celebrating its 50th anniversary. Now performed in one of the most beautiful early baroque churches, the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Varaždin, the composition was premiered at the Zagreb Cathedral Organ Festival 2014.
In honor of Ludwig van Beethoven’s anniversary, Končar arranged two of the composer’s Romances originally written for the violin and orchestra, to be premiered tonight by violin and organ. Along with the Baroque Sonata by G. F. Handel and Allegro by J. H. Fiocco, we will hear the composition Monologue by Croatian composer Miroslav Miletić, which was also dedicated to Goran Končar, as well as compositions by contemporary American composers: J. E. Goodman’s Three Nocturnes and Bruce Reiprich’s Lullaby.