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Summer festivals offer an array of classical music events across Slovenia

torek, 08. julij 2014

In addition to Ljubljana's central cultural event, the 62nd edition of Ljubljana Festival, which annually invites the most renowned Slovene and foreign artists to perform on Ljubljana stages, many other summer festivals are taking place in the capital and elsewhere in Slovenia, among them the international music festival Imago Sloveniae, Maribor's Lent Festival and Maribor Festival as well as Bled and Velenje festivals and the Piran Musical Evenings in the coastal region of Primorska.

Summer in Ljubljana

The 62nd Ljubljana Festival, which takes places through July and August, will offer the performances of renowned orchestras, chamber orchestras, young and talented musicians, world-class ballet, Wagner’s opera Lohengrin as well as flamenco recitals and musicals. The world-renowned musicians, such as Elīna Garanča, conductors Riccardo Muti and Mariss Jansons and the Royal Concertgebouw, will also be joined by young Slovene talents.

Within the framework of the International Festival Imago Sloveniae – The Images of Slovenia, numerous concert cycles of classical music will be taking place on stages throughout Slovenia. The Atrium of the City Museum of Ljubljana, Old Square (Stari trg) and several churches will host performances by young Slovene musicians and ensembles, among them Duo Grafenauer - Kosovinc, Andrej Omejc and Robert Pogorilić, the award-winners of last year’s Emona competiton.

Summer in Maribor

The biggest music festival in Europe, Maribor's Lent Festival offered in June and July its usual plethora of musical events catering to individual tastes at different venues along the banks of the Drava river including the main floating stage, on which the choir Carmina Slovenica performed among others. In September a more traditionally focused classical music festival will take place in Maribor. Between 5 and 11 September the Maribor Festival will offer concerts featuring masterpieces by Beethoven, Strauss, Wagner and Berg among others. Classical music works, gypsy music played by the Gypsy Devils, dramatic texts as well as songs by the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and The Verve will represent the leading theme of the festival, which is based on the concept of theft. The festival programme will center around the discovery of borrowed melodies and themes by composers and the authenticity of their unique musical works. Joining Tognetti and his festival orchestra will be pianist Per Rundberg and cellist Giovanni Sollima among others.

Music on the Slovenian coast, at Bled and Velenje

Between 11 July and 8 August the Music Evenings in Piran will offer a variety of chamber music concerts given by well-known domestic as well as foreign ensembles and musicians, such as the Slovene early music ensembles Nova Schola Labacensis and Musica cubicularis, soprano Kristin Lewis and the Prague Ensemble.

At Bled, a well-known tourist resort, the festival program will feature concerts by prominent violinists, viola players and cellists and their students as well as numerous workshops.

The Velenje festival invites audiences to its selection of musical and other types of cultural events, ranging from puppet theatre to pop and classical concerts including performances by international orchestras and choirs.