Dubrovnik Musical Spring is a new event held in Dubrovnik, introduced in 2017 to expand the old city’s cultural offering. Organized by the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, the event brings a series of classical music concerts to some of the city’s best known locations, blending new and old styles to deliver a rich musical program performed by some of Croatia most respected musicians and international guests.
The 2018 edition of the Dubrovnik Musical Spring is held from April 13 to 27, with a cycle of four concerts taking place at the Dubrovnik Cathedral and Sponza Palace. The event will feature performances from violinists Dmitry Sinkovsky and Marco Graziani, soprano Marija Kuhar Šoša, trumpeter Džemal Cakić and many others, conducted by Marc Tardue and Tomislav Fačini.
The first concert, held on April 13 at the Dubrovnik Cathedral, featured performances of Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings, W.A. Mozart’s Exultate Jubilate, and Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring and Quiet City. The second concert, held at Sponza Palace on April 20, brought the sounds of J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, Antonio Vivaldi’s Symphony in B minor, Francesco Geminiani’s Concerto Grosso in D minor and G.F. Händel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks. On April 24, the audience at Sponza Palace was treated to the sounds of Latino music and famous film scores. The final concert, to be held at the Dubrovnik Cathedral on April 27, will bring the event to an end with Joseph Haydn’s Symphony No. 6 in D major and Johannes Brahms’ Violin Concerto in D major.
Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra
Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra is a very important part of Dubrovnik’s rich cultural heritage. In the 93 years of its existence, the orchestra has performed countless concerts in many of the city’s unique historic locations, including Rector’s Palace and the churches and streets of the Old Town. The orchestra has also toured the world, interpreting the famous works of Croatian and international Baroque, Classical and Romantic era masters. In addition to the Dubrovnik Musical Spring, in recent years the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra has organized the International Opera Arias Festival “Tino Pattiera”, the baroque music cycle Orlando Furioso, the International Late Summer Music Festival Dubrovnik and the Autumn Music Variety festival.
Visiting Dubrovnik in the spring
Travellers visiting Dubrovnik in the spring can find modern, spacious rooms and suites at the Hotel Astarea. Situated in the village of Mlini near Dubrovnik, the hotel offers a range of services and amenities to guarantee a relaxing and memorable holiday. These include large indoor and outdoor pools, a spa centre, gym, beauty salon and several restaurants and bars serving the finest Croatian dishes and drinks.
Astarea is an excellent destination for those looking to enjoy lots of live music and explore Croatian folklore and a cappella traditions. The hotel organizes folklore evenings, classical music concerts, fishermen’s evenings and various other festivities as part of its leisure offering and guests staying at the hotel during the off-season can enjoy local specialties and traditional Dalmatian a cappella performances once a week.