Things are hotting up at the Belgrade Philharmonic.
On Friday, we received a stiff letter from two concertmasters, Tijana Milošević and Miroslav Pavlović, pledging the orchestra’s unanimous support for its manager, Ivan Tasovac. The unanimity crumbled rather quickly and, among the responses were some from indignant musicians who drew our attention to the cover story of the April issue of Playboy magazine, in its Serbian edition.
There, almost bare, is the concertmaster, Tijana Milošević, doing her bit to spread enlightenment among Balkan culture seekers.
Some readers have suggested that this lowers the dignity of the orchestra and the nation. That seems a rather old-fashioned view. Ms Milošević should be judged on her playing, not her Playboying.
Ms Milošević, born on March 1, 1978, has been concertmaster of the Belgrade Philharmonic since 1998.
Her name is on top of the cover, but the inside story is a little more decorous: