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Exhibitions and Projects
27 September 2016 – 30 May 2017

Harmony of the Spheres XVI

Lectures and concerts

Dear Friends of the National Gallery of Slovenia and the Slovene Philharmonic String Chamber Orchestra, unfortunately, we had to move the fifth lecture and concert to a later day: Tuesday, May 30, at 19.30. Thank you for your understanding.

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 80 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 16th season entitled “Ljubljana Concertos”. We have put together a program for the current season and the next one with the Brandenburg Concertos in mind, composed by Johann S. Bach 300 years ago thus creating a landmark in the history of this musical form. He discovered new acoustic dimensions of the orchestra by combining various soloist instruments, redefined the structure of concerto and included harpsichord as a soloist instrument for the first time.

This is the kind of challenge we wished to present our contemporary composers who already work on their Ljubljana Concertos. We have invited excellent native and foreign composers Nina Šenk, Uroš Rojko, Davor Branimir Vincze (Croatia), Daniel Moreira (Brasil), Vito Žuraj and Marton Illes (Hungary). Exploiting the same theme the students of the Academy of Music, Ljubljana, will produce six miniatures entitled "Ljubljana Concertinos". Of course we shall play a number of other pieces from the world musical literature connected with Bach and his Brandenburg Concertos.

The soloists this season will be Christoph Walder (horn), Anders Nyqvist (trumpet) and Krassimir Sterev (accordion), all of whom are members of the Klangforum Wien, hapsichordist Tomaž Sevšek and percussionists Ivana Bilić and Barbara Kresnik. The Zagreb Soloists will join us as guests since our cooperation has had a long tradition.

You will enjoy interesting lectures in fine arts, a contribution of the National Gallery of Slovenia. The Watercolours of Ljubljana by composer Emil Adamič inspired us to look for art-historical subjects in an analogous vein. Our lecturers will address those urban values that contribute to the beauty of Ljubljana which flâneurs might easily overlook in the shadow of the town's most representative churches and other public buildings. National Gallery curators Mateja Breščak and Ferdinand Šerbelj, and guest lecturers Ana Kučan, Damjan Prelovšek and Gojko Zupan will direct your attention to select components of Ljubljana's charms.

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, Thursdays through 8 pm, or one hour before the event; closed Mondays.


The following made the Harmony of the Spheres XVI possible

Ernst von Siemens Music Fundation
Solos do.o.o.
Ministrstvo za kulturo Republike Slovenije
Mestna občina Ljubljana
Narodna galerija
Komorni godalni orkester Slovenske filharmonije