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Dubrovnik - 'Ana in the City’

21 June 2012

Dubrovnik - 'Anna in the City’
A spectacular concert was held on the dawn of 21 June 2012, at 5.10 a.m. in the amphitheatre on Mount Srđ above Dubrovnik, to mark the first day of the summer solstice and the World Music Day. Thus, Ana Rucner, a renowned Croatian cellist, known by her distinctive musical expression, opened the music festival ‘Ana in the City’ for the second year running. This superior and unique musical event on Mount Srđ, accompanied by the first rays of sunshine thrilled the audience who did not find it hard to get up early and meet the dawn in this unusual and unique way, unprecedented in Croatia. Ana Rucner found the idea for this unusual concert at dawn in cultures that celebrate the beginning of the summer. A well known Croatian harpist, Marija Mlinar, also greeted the summer by joining Ana Rucner in this concert, which was free to the public and entitled "A Welcome to the Summer Sunrise on Srđ".

The attractive concert on Srđ marked the opening of a four-day festival "Ana in the City" which was launched just last year by the cellist. This year's festival offers a superb musical program that takes place at various locations in Dubrovnik, a city which has been an inspiration to musicians throughout its history.

Scheduled for the second day of the festival are two classical music concerts which will be held in the Ducal Palace. Following them is ‘An Evening of Love Poetry", when Ana Rucner will be joined by prominent Croatian actors Anja Šovagović Despot, Boris Miholjević, Milka Podrug Kokotović and Dragan Despot, with the support of the dance duo Goran Šimonjia and Tena Žepec. All will be directed by Jakov Sedlar. This will be a humanitarian concert and all the revenue will go to the Association for People with Down Syndrome of Dubrovnik-Neretva County.

A concert entitled ‘The Rhythm of Tango’ will be held on 23 June when Ana Rucner and String Quartet Rucner will be joined by the American couple Soave – Peter, a world famous bandoneon player and his wife Mady, a classical accordion player. Bandeoneon is a traditional Argentinan instrument, resembling a small accordion, whose sound is typical of the sounds of tango.

The festival ends with a concert in the former disco club Divinae Follie in Babin Kuk, with classical, rock and crossover performances, when Ana Rucner will perform with a pop group Srebrna Krila (Silver Wings) and numerous other guests. The concert will be attended by the students of the Music Academy in Zagreb, led by String Quartet Rucner. Also performing there will be the Linđo folklore ensemble, a capella choir Subrenum, Mario Rucner on viola, all under the baton of Thomas Buritch. This final concert of the festival – for which its founder hopes to grow into a recognizable and traditional Dubrovnik festival - is also a gift to the citizens and visitors of Dubrovnik and the entrance will be free.

Zagrebian Ana Rucner grew up in a family of renowned classical musicians. She graduated from the Zagreb Music Academy in 2005. Three years earlier she began playing the electric cello and building a distinctive, new modern style of music, seeking to bring classical music closer to a younger audience. It is indeed this style, her passionate stage performances and the repertoire based on a blend of classical, modern and folk-music, that make Ana Rucner a unique and recognizable instrumentalist, even outside the Croatian borders.

Tourist Board of Dubrovnik-Neretva County

Dubrovnik Tourist Board

"Ana in the City"

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