- Creative Corner
The choir "Baruch Brothers" (original name "Braća Baruh"), located in Belgrade, was founded as the Serbian-Jewish Singers' Society - established in 1879.
After the World War II, in 1952 the name was changed to honor three brothers from the progressive well-known Belgrade Jewish family Baruch, who were resistance fighters and victims of the Holocaust. Some researchers list this choir as the oldest Jewish choir in the world.
During its long active period, the choir has performed a huge number of concerts at all significant music centers of former Yugoslavia, as well as at a number of foreign concert halls in Europe and worldwide, including New York’s Carnegie Hall in 1978.
The choir "Baruch Brothers" is a regular participant at all significant domestic classical music festivals: BEMUS and BELEF in Belgrade; Mokranjac (sounds as: Mok-ra-nyatz) Days in Negotin, JHS in Niš, as well as Zimriah in Jerusalem.
The performances were mostly followed by a number of awards and acknowledgments of the choir’s successful artistic work. Its wide artistic repertoire includes the best-known pieces of musical literature written by the best international, Serbian and Jewish composers; it also covers all periods and styles.
Through time, many of the best-known artists within Belgrade’s musical circles have conducted the choir, like S. S. Mokranjac, J. Marinković, S. Hristić, B. Babić, Oskar Davičo, B. Pašćan, A. Vujić, D. Savić. Many of the most-recognized professional vocalists have performed with the choir: A. Marinković, B. Cvejić, Breda Kalef, Ð. Čakarević to mention but a few, and recently Jadranka Jovanović, Slavoljub Kocić, Zivojin Cirić, and others.
The choir itself has participated in many radio and TV shows, leaving behind recorded proof of its achievements, locally and abroad.
In 2007 the choir recorded two LP records and one CD, performing Jewish synagogual and traditional music (published by PGP RTS). The CD itself came upon a very successful concert named "The Golden Jerusalem" in Belgrade concert hall Kolarac.
For its contribution in the cultural affirmation of the country, the choir "Baruch Brothers" was commended twice by the state's Presidium with medals for the top artistic achievements.