'Binički' Ensemble and Choir of MoD and SAF at concert in Bijeljina
'Stanislav Binicki' Artistic Ensemble of the Ministry of Defence and the Mixed Choir of the Ministry of Defence and the Serbian Armed Forces, together with the Serbian Singing Society 'Srbadija' and the Police Orchestra of the Republika Srpska Ministry of Internal Affairs, performed tonight on the scene of the 'Semberija' Cultural Centre in Bijeljina. The concert was held within the framework of the May Music Festival, and is dedicated to marking the Republika Srpska Army Day and the 800th anniversary of the autonomy of the Serbian Orthodox Church.
The conductors of the concert were Katarina Božić, Jelena Milićević Trakilović and Dušan Pokrajčić.
The concert was attended by Mićo Mićić, Mayor of Bijeljina, Colonel Roberto Gašić, commander of the 3rd Infantry Battalion located in 'Vojvoda Stepa Stepanović' barracks, members of the Armed Forces of BiH and the Police, representatives of the Serbian Orthodox Church from the Eparchy of Zvornik and Tuzla and numerous visitors who, after the intonation of the anthems of the Republic of Serbia and Republika Srpska, had the opportunity to enjoy a rich programme.
Starting with 'Our Father', through 'Christ is Risen', 'Oj Srbijo mila mati' (Hey Serbia, Dear Mother), 'Tamo daleko' (There, Far Away), 'Oro se vije', 'Ovo je Srbija' (This is Serbia), 'Vostani Serbije' (Arise, Serbia), 'Marš na Drinu' (Marsh to the Drina), 'Milosh the Great and Aleksandar I', 'The French boat moves', 'Tobdzijsko kolo' (Artillerymen Round Dance), 'Bojarka' (Noble Woman) and 'Pukni zoro' (Let the Dawn Break), to 'Vostani Serbije' (Arise, Serbia) and 'Marš na Drinu' (Marsh to the Drina), all the melodies were awarded with a thrilling applause.
The joint concert was also an opportunity for SSS 'Srbadija' as the hosts, to present appreciation letters for good cooperation to the Mixed Choir of MoD and SAF and the Police Orchestra of Republika Srpska Ministry of Internal Affairs, and the Charter to the 'Stanislav Binicki' Artistic Ensemble of the MoD, as it celebrates this year, just like SSS "Srbadija", the same great jubilee – the 120th anniversary of existence.
On behalf of the awarded ones, head of the 'Binički' Ensemble, Navy Commander Svetozar Vasileski, thanked SSS 'Srbadija' congratulating at the same time the holiday, Republika Srpska Army Day, to all its members and the City Veterans Organisation of Bijeljina, as well as the great jubillee of the Serbian Orthodox Church – 800th anniversary of its autonomy.
Besides, SSS 'Srbadija' is also the organiser of the May Music Festival, the choir festival which is held this year for the eighth time, and has gathered 38 ensembles in seven competition categories.
The 'Binički' Ensemble, as well as Choir of MoD and SAF, have always been gladly seen and listened to at performances in Bijeljina, and this time they were guests in that city at the invitation of the City Veterans Organisation of Bijeljina which hosted the celebration of Republika Srpska Army Day and the 800th anniversary of the autonomy of the Serbian Orthodox Church together with the City Administration of the City of Bijeljina and the Eparchy of Zvornik and Tuzla of the Serbian Orthodox Church.