Music programme – distinguished by its high quality of existing programme wholeness and new initiatives – perseveres in backing and cherishing musical youth of Belgrade and Serbia. The most talented performers, classical music composers, international and national awards winners and the renowned musicians have been appearing at the regular “Concerts at the Gallery” – on Monday evenings at the Centre and broadcasted by Radio Belgrade 202 “Classical Music Drugstore” since 1986.
A belief that the real investment in music future of the country lies in discovering of young talents and supporting their appearances in public at the beginning of their careers – when support and professional experience are enormously important – has absolutely yielded results. Many globally renowned musicians have started their careers at the Centre: Aleksandar Madžar, Ilija Marinković, Vesna Stanković, Miloš Raičković, Isidora Žebeljan, Nemanja Radulović, Vladimir Milošević, Stanko Madić, etc.
The Centre is today known as originator and organizer of two distinctive international festivals – “The Organ Days” and “The Harpsichord – Living Art” – at which many prominent European performers and pedagogues have appeared. Besides the all-evening concerts, the integral part of these festivals are also several-day master classes, courses, lectures, panel discussions, instruments exhibitions and workshops for the audience.
Lorenzo Ghielmi (Italy), Jon Laukvik (Norway), Jurgen Essl and Martin Sander (Germany), Dalibor Miklavčič (Slovenia), Christoph Bossert (Germany), Liuwe Taminga and Peter Dirksen (Holland), Borbola Dobozy and Agnesz Rotko (Hungary), Maria Luisa Baldassari (Italy), Egon Mihajlović (Montenegro), Blandine Rannou, etc. are just some of the prominent names of European organ and harpsichord music who, as performers and lecturers, have taken part in the international organ and harpsichord festivals.
Besides classical music, the Centre also has a weakness for jazz music in its own way – especially shown through December Plays Jazz concerts cycles, that closes the annual programme in the air before the holidays.
Important anniversaries are often motifs for creation of special interdisciplinary projects and concerts celebrating outstanding persons in the world of music (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, 2006; Music of Johann Sebastian Bach, 2000; Belgrade to Horowitz, 1999 – concerts dedicated to great composers, as well as to contemporary Serbian and foreign authors).
The Centre music programme takes place at various city’s podiums, from the Belgrade City Assembly, art and culture institutions, to the streets and squares of the City; the tours to other towns and cities in Serbia are organized often too. The Centre is co-organizer and associate of numerous music festivals, such are the Guitar Art Festival, Promenade Concerts of the Belgrade Wind Orchestra, The World Music Day, The International Chamber Choir Festival, the Belgrade Summer Festival (BELEF), The International Review of Composers and many others.