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Exhibitions and Projects
17 October 2006–24 May 2007

Harmony of the Spheres 2006/07

The Concerts and Lectures Series

Dear friends of the arts! As we have announced at the end of the last season Harmony of the Spheres is entering its sixth consecutive year of programming. We are hereby presenting you the full program with two concerts and lectures in the remaining months of the year and three next spring.

Reservation (PDF form, Slovenian language only) >>

Subcription price:
Five concerts 12.000 SIT / 50 EUR, single concert 3.000 SIT / 12,5 EUR. Friends of the National Gallery of Slovenia have 25% discount on price for the entire season and 20% discount on price for single concert.

Subscription or single tickets available at the front desk of the National Gallery, Prešernova 24, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., or one hour before the event; closed Mondays.

Classicism in the Music of Central Europe

1st concert and lecture - The Mannheim Symphonies
17. 10. 2006

  • Johann Stamitz: Symphony in G Major
  • Carl Stamitz (Milošev): Violin Concerto in D Major, soloist: Aleksandar Milošev
  • Johann Stamitz: Symphony in A Major

Neoclassicism in the Visual Arts: Donovan Pavlinec, M.A.
The histories of music and the visual arts seldom parallel each other, either in content or chronology. Classicism is permanently present in the visual arts from the Renaissance on, although we can talk about renaissances from the Early Middle Ages on. Therefore we use the term Neoclassicism to label the period of the first historic style of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, loosely coinciding with the Enlightenment.

2nd concert and lecture - At the Close of the Year of Mozart
19. 12. 2006

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Divertimento in D Major KV 136
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major KV 219, soloist: Janez Podlesek

Matevž Langus: Kristina Preininger
Neoclassical art in Slovene cultural history has not produced much in the way of significant heritage. In surveys we therefore usually define a longer period, including it with Romanticism. Matevž Langus was caught at the very end of this style in his self-portrait, due to the circumstances of his belated education. His painterly routine originated in academic practice first experienced in Vienna and later consolidated in Rome. It has substantially informed his personal style.

3rd concert and lecture - Italian Classicism
20. 02. 2007

  • Antonio Salieri: Overture
  • Domenico Dragonetti: Concerto for Double Bass in A Major, soloist: Zoran Marković
  • Luigi Boccherini: La musica notturna delle strade di Madrid, op. 30 no. 6 (Procession of the Military Night Watch in Madrid)

The Gruber Mansion in Ljubljana: Barbara Jaki, PhD
One of the most beautiful palaces in Ljubljana was erected in the belated endgame of the Baroque in the Slovene provinces. The so-called braided style is identified with the Jesuit polymath Gruber, who was not only a mathematician and architect but also a designer of naval vessels. In the universal lethargy of the late 18th century aggravated by the Napoleonic Wars, the palace remained an exceptional monument of the last Baroque period in our region.

4th concert and lecture - Haydn's Easter Music
03. 04. 2007

  • Franz Joseph Haydn: The Seven Last Words of Our Saviour on the Cross, op. 51

Abraham Janssens, The Judgement of Midas: Alenka Simončič
Abraham Janssens's painting belongs to one of the numerous "classicisms" of Europe, the one in Antwerp in late 16th century. The heritage of Antiquity was particularly outstanding in the cultural context of Northern Europe. The image we use as the trademark of our series represents a music competition, one that was very open to the allegorizing of the moral and aesthetic character of 19th century European culture.

5th concert and lecture - Classicism in Slovenia
Postponed to: 24. 05. 2007

  • Amandus Ivančič: Symphony in F Major
  • Anton Tomaž Linhart: Two Songs
  • Jakob Zupan: Arias for Soprano, soloist: Barbara Tišler
  • Aldo Kumar: (a new work for the Harmony of the Spheres)

Franc Kavčič, Phokion with Wife and a Rich Ionian Woman: Andrej Smrekar, PhD
Absolutely the best-known painting by Franc Kavčič was painted in the intellectual context of the Imperial capital soon after 1800. It contains a message that is actualized every time the aspirations to democracy intensify in history. In the tale of Phokion, public service is postulated as the highest moral obligation and its results the reward for its performance.