THROUGH THE HISTORY OF THE RTS MUSIC PRODUCTION
Music production was founded in 1963. It evolved from the Music Department of Radio Belgrade, which, in the period between the two World Wars, was the initiator of the establishment of the first ensembles – the Folk Orchestra (1935), the Symphony Orchestra (1937) and the Choir (1939), who participated live in the program and were the carriers of music contents.
Multiplying the program of Radio Belgrade, setting up a Television after the Second World War, modernising media presentation of music, as well as increasing the program needs for music, the independence of Music Production was a logical process, preceded by the founding of the Children’s Choir (1947), the Entertainment Orchestra (1948) and the choir “Kolibri” (1963), ensembles that gave a special mark, by their actions, to various program contents of the state media.
Besides the production of music in the function of Radio and Television Program, Music Production was, and remained, the referential program segment responsible for planning and organising public music presentations, at concerts, festivals and other cultural and social events in the country. The field of activity of the Director of Music Production was the presence of the ensembles in public life, the arrangement of repertoire policies and active participation in the formation of cultural needs of the audience. Since its establishment until today, prominent composers, conductors, instrumental soloists, affirmated artists with professional authority, evaluated by competent public, have been present at this position. Contemporary politics of the public service, to which Production now belongs, turned to management as a modern form of planning, organising and managing, has been recognized as leaders of a new age people who, besides artistic references, have experience in management. Therefore, maestro Bojan Sudjic is successfully in this position, since 2004.
Today, the RTS Music production consists of seven ensembles: the Symphony Orchestra, the Choir, the Children’s Choir, the Children’s Choir “Kolibri”, the Folk Orchestra, the Folk Ensemble and the Big Band. They are known as professional authorities, who are active in audience education and the shaping of their cultural habits, by their public performances in concert podiums. In this way, they have influence, in a specific way, on both their listeners and the audience of the public service.