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Exhibitions and Projects
13. October 2015 − 24. May 2016

Harmony of the Spheres XV

Lectures and concerts

Dear Friends of the National Gallery of Slovenia and the Slovene Philharmonic String Chamber Orchestra!

Since the first season of the Harmony of the Spheres in 2001, the Slovene Philharmonic String Chamber Orchestra, founded in 1993, has produced over 75 concerts in combination with lectures on visual arts. Many a piece of music was composed to our commission, and there are many more of those, composed in previous centuries, that were produced within the Harmony of the Spheres for the first time in Slovenia. We have recorded the most successful ones on promotional CDs.

This time we invite you to join our musicians and lecturers in the 15th season entitled Divertimenti. Our selection includes representative pieces of the music genre, originating in the eighteenth century and reappearing in every subsequent stylistic period. Just as the serenade, divertimento is a genre determined more by its content than form. The cheerful character of the pieces was intended for amusement. We shall perform a selection of important samples of the genre by Slovenian and foreign composers: Divertimento for Strings by P. Ramovš, Divertimento No. 11 by W. A. Mozart, Divertissement with the Obligatory Piano by M. Bravničar, Divertimento for Cello and Strings by J. Haydn, “Ländler” by W. Rihm and Divertimento for Strings by B. Bartok. We have invited students of the Music Academy of Ljubljana to find a response to the question whether contemporary music can be amusing under the motto "Five Minutes for a Divertimento". Besides that we shall present three World premieres of music commissioned especially for the occasion: “Kontra Bass” for double bass and strings by Tomaž Bajželj, “Concertino for Cello and Strings” by Nina Šenk and a new work for accordion and strings by Matej Bonin. The soloists will be the outstanding Slovenian and foreign musicians Petar Brčarević, double bass, oboist Matej Šarc, pianist Urban Stanič, cellist Natalie Clein and accordionist Luka Juhart.

You will enjoy interesting lectures in fine arts, a contribution of the National Gallery of Slovenia. We shall attempt to tune the lectures with the purpose of the divertimento. The lecturers, Alenka Simončič, Michel Mohor, Mateja Breščak, Ferdinand Šerbelj and Andrej Smrekar, will address certain aspects of entertainment as they appear in the visual arts corresponding to the musical genre.

Klemen Hvala, Art Director of SFSCO
Dr. Barbara Jaki, Director of NG

All events are at the National Gallery of Slovenia and begin at 7.30 pm.

Subscription price: 75 EUR
Single ticket: 19 EUR

Subscription price for Friends of the National Gallery of Slovenia: 50 EUR
Single ticket: 15 EUR

180 seats available at a single price. Subscription or single tickets available at the front desk of the National Gallery of Slovenia, Ljubljana, 10 am–6 pm, or one hour before the event; closed Mondays.

The April programme has been altered due to a cancelled apperance by Natalie Clein:
WA Mozart: Divertimento in D minor
A. Pivko Kneževič: Wane
N. Šenk: Capriccio for violoncello and strings, soloist: Igor Mitrović
W. Rihm: Landler for string orchestra
F. Schubert: Five Germen Dances
Thank you for your understanding!


Video clip from the final concert in season 2014/15.

The following made the Harmony of the Spheres XV possible
Ernst von Siemens Music Fundation
Medicus d.o.o
Solos do.o.o.
Ministrstvo za kulturo Republike Slovenije
Mestna občina Ljubljana
Akademija za glasbo, Univerza v Ljubljani
Narodna galerija
Komorni godalni orkester Slovenske filharmonije

Compositions "Kontra bas" for double bass and strings by Tomaž Bajželj, Concertino for violoncello and strings by Nina Šenk, and a new work for accordion and strings by Matej Bonin, commissioned by the Slovene Philharmonic String Chamber Orchestra, were funded by the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation.