Zagreb's "favourite conductor"
In May, Dimitri Kitaenko conducted two eclectic programs with the 'Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra' at Lisinski Hall of the Croatian capital. The first night there were Rimsky-Korsakov's 'Scheherazade', as well the 'Capriccio Italien' op. 45 and the Rococo Variations for Cello and orchestra op. 33 by Piotr Tchaikovsky with Alexander Rudin as soloist. The second program comprised again 'Scheherazade', the First Cello Concerto by Camille Saint-Saëns and Maurice Ravel's 'Boléro'.
The Moj-Zagreb platform was full of praise about the concert with "Zagreb's favorite conductor Dimitri Kitaenko", whose continuous work with the local orchestra was honored by the mayor of the city, Milan Bandićden, who attended the first concert. 'Akademija Art' reported about an "exciting concert" und 'Tjedno' said, Maestro Dimitri Kitaenko was a "charismatic conductor" and that the 'Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra' "blossomed under his baton". The newspaper also published an interview, and journalist Branimir Pofuk asked Dimitri Kitjenko why he wouldn't realize the dream of so many music lovers in Zagreb by accepting to become the orchestra's music director. Maestro Kitaenko explained that it was not easy for him to refuse such a post, but that he preferred to stay free without the mass of obligations linked to the post of music director. Currently he'd rather work with some carefully chosen orchestras, and among them, of course, the one from Zagreb.