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"Prenk Jakova" with the future generation of music honors Academician Dhomin

Prenk Jakova

The history of classical music in the country cannot be written without "Prenk Jakoven". Not without the composer Rauf Dhomi, to whom the concert was dedicated, which was a demonstration of the potential and work of this school (Photo: Chromogs)

Composer Rauf Dhomi has been honored as a personality who has left a mark on the art and culture of the country. But above all, the concert of the music school "Prenk Jakova" is an honor for all those musicians and professors when the new generation plays neatly and proves the future of the music scene in the country. But what is seen on the scene is the contrast of the conditions of this school. The concert is the first as part of the tour, while "Prenk Jakova" has been on "tour" for years without its own venue.

The work of the outstanding composer of Kosovo, Rauf Dhomi, has been honored with vocal and instrumental works. In the year when his opera "Goca e Kaçaniku", the first in Kosovo, was premiered after more than half a century since it was composed, the new generation of musicians from the "Prenk Jakova" school have given rhythm to the works of the academician Dhomi.

The composer has been honored as a personality who has left a mark on the art and culture of the country. In the repertoire were also the works of world-renowned composers with which young talents are challenged as successors of the classical music scene in the country.

It is a traditional concert organized by the music school "Prenk Jakova" in the capital. So is the dedication that is addressed through the program. But this year it also comes as a tour in the cities of Kosovo and Albania.

The Atelier Hall of the Palace of Youth in Pristina was full for the concert with classical music by Riosh musicians and singers. Its capacities were not enough to accommodate all those who attended the concert. Where the concerts of the Kosovo Philharmonic take place, the school's orchestra and choir have been the image of a kind of "junior" version of the state institution of classical music.

The director of the "Prenk Jakova" school, Jeta Dida-Bujari, before the start of the concert, shared gratitude for the academician and composer Rauf Dhomi. He said that as an educational institution in the field of music, they aim to honor outstanding personalities and contribute to the education and recognition of new generations with their creative opus.

"This year's concert tour is dedicated to the composer Rauf Dhomi, an outstanding artist who made an important contribution to the field of art in the country. Through his music, he has built strong connecting bridges between us and our culture, he has increased the feeling of patriotism by being brave in terms of the content of his works even in difficult times", said Dida-Bujari.

The Atelier Hall of the Palace of Youth in Pristina was full for the concert with classical music by Riosh musicians and singers, conducted by professor Lirjona Sylejmani. Its capacities were not enough to accommodate all those who attended the concert (Photo: Chromogs)

Piano professor Lejla Pula was honored with gratitude. Her playing has been characterized by sensitivity, deep sound and virtuosity.

The interpretation of a work - "Lacrimosa" by Mozart - was the way in which professor Bajar Berisha, who died at the beginning of this year, was remembered. It has been said that this part from "Requiem" was very dear to conductor Berisha.

The musical program opened with the piece "Rondo" by Dhomi. The vocal-instrumental work has been brought in a version of playing instruments with cello and piano by Yll Haliti and Bleta Martinaj. The game has been harmonizing the piano with the cello, which gives the work colors of melancholy, as is the very nature of the instrument.

"Te falemi o dhe" was an example of the presentation of the work of the composer Dhomi in the Albanian operatic repertoire. The aria from the opera "Dama arbëreshe" by Domi for mixed choir was an emotional interpretation dedicated to the homeland.

 "Do those springs have water", processing of the song by Kujtim Nushi, was a special interpretation in terms of the amazing combination of voices.

"Lacrimosa" from the famous mass "Requiem" by the Austrian Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was the liturgical song which was expertly performed by the choir of the music school "Prenk Jakova".

Elsa Gashi performed as a soloist on the piano. Together with the orchestra, they played the first part of "Concert No. 1” for piano and orchestra by Bach.

Pianist Elsa Gashi, who attended the lessons in the class of professor Lejla Pula, said that this work was challenging for their level.

"I performed Bach's concerto in D minor, which is not an easy concerto. It is extremely difficult for our age, but together we managed well", she said.

Professor Lejla Pula said that for a lecturer, the greatest happiness is to see the result of their work in former students.

"This year, he completed 43 years in this profession, of educating and raising pianists in Kosovo. I am very happy, for a lecturer there is no greater happiness than to see the result of his work and that of his former students. I am very happy with today's success of Elsa Gashi, who is a very talented young pianist, but who has a concert career ahead of her", said professor and pianist Pula.

Where the concerts of the Kosovo Philharmonic take place, the school's orchestra and choir have been the image of a kind of "junior" version of the state institution of classical music (Photo: Chromogs)

He described the young pianist Gashi as talented, virtuoso and very beloved. In general, according to her, the interest of young people to deal with music is increasing.

"It seems that they are becoming more and more popular, there are more and more students who are interested in taking lessons at the music school. Although it seems to us that there may be a crisis in the time of digitalization, I think that the love for music and the act of interpretation will not die out", said Pula for KOHEN.

The piano and the ensemble of bowed instruments have started the harmonious play between them. The strings go on fading away until a very light sound of the sound remains associated with the sounds of the piano.

The other soloist was the violinist Aiola Bajrami, who performed the "Four Season" concert for violin and orchestra by the Italian Antonio Vivaldi.

It started with the parallel playing of Bajram with the rest of the bows in easy playing that breaks away to bring the dynamic sounds. Mainly the cellos keep the rhythm.

In the interpretation of the traditional piece "Romanian folk dance" by the Hungarian composer Béla Bartók, the spirituals have also joined. Thus the music school "Prenk Jakova" has revealed its capacities in different sectors that build the entire formation of the orchestra of the educational institution. At first it was serious until it gave color to a solo part of the clarinet playing. Later, other instruments followed its rhythm. While the solo playing is emphasized, the flute is also distinguished in the scores of the work.

The concert was conducted by Lirjona Sylejmani, professor at the "Prenk Jakova" school and assistant conductor of the Kosovo Security Force Orchestra, in collaboration with the professor of this school, Fatbardh Dubovci.

Sylejmani said that since the beginning of the year they were informed that this year's concert is dedicated to the composer Dhomi. Since then, rehearsals and preparations for the program had begun.

"At the beginning of the year, we were informed that this concert will be dedicated to the composer Rauf Dhomi. He has quite complex works that are difficult for a high school orchestra and choir to handle. We have tried to choose two works. As for the serious works, we tried to challenge the students as they are wonderful students, with super talent, very hardworking and positive", said Sylejmani.

He announced that this year they will perform the tune, which failed last year due to lack of support.

"This year we will make the tournament. Last year it failed due to lack of support. However, after the concert that was last year, which was extremely well received, we were also invited to Gjirokastër to the festival 'GjiroKlasika', which is a festival of great importance in the world of serious music, they invited us to the opening of the festival. We found it important to find the funds", said Sylejmani.

The music school "Prenk Jakova" will also hold a concert in Gjakovë in the concert hall of the "Prenk Jakova" school on the 13th, and two days later at the artistic high school "Jordan Misja" in Tirana. On May 16, he opens the "GjiroKlasika" festival in Gjirokastër at the "Zihni Sako" theater.

The students of the "Prenk Jakova" school, together with the teachers, have always been the number one address for keeping the music scene alive in the country. Most of the famous names have come from there. The lack of the facility, the several-year promises to make this school its own facility, are another story. The professionalism that "Prenk Jakova" displays on stage is the contrast of the conditions of the school located "temporarily" in the alcoves of another school facility.