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Exhibitions and Projects
2 October 2018 – 21 May 2019

Harmony of the Spheres XVIII

Lectures and concerts

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

We cordially invite you to the Grand Hall of the National Gallery of Slovenia, the place of the eighteenth season of the Harmony of the Spheres series. 2018 is the jubilee year for both institutions, since the National Gallery of Slovenia celebrates its centenary and the Slovene Philharmonic String Chamber Orchestra its twenty-fifth anniversary. This was also the reason that we entitled the new season Harmony of the Spheres – Pictures at an Exhibition.

We have envisioned three seasons in which you will listen to the scores inspired by the world of the fine arts. In addition to the classical compositions there will be new ones, commissioned for our purpose and related to the works of art mounted in the National Gallery of Slovenia. Some of them do not even exist yet. Students of the Academy of Music, Ljubljana, will produce miniatures inspired by works from our national collection.

In the introductory concert the festive piece of Leon Firšt will sound the anniversary tune. The violinist Črtomir Šiškovič will introduce Giuseppe Tartini and his followers; a new piece for viola and strings by Pavel Mihelčič and Benjamin Britten's Lacrimae will be performed by violist Maja Rome, while the violin concerto of Hugo Wolf in transcription by Franc Avsenek for string orchestra will be interpreted by Russian-Slovenian violinist Nadezda Tokareva. Besides this selection you will hear Modest Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition in transcription for string orchestra, Chamber Symphony 110a by Dmitri Shostakovich, The Last Seven Words of Our Savior on the Cross by Joseph Haydn, and The Death and the Maiden by Franz Schubert, transcribed for string orchestra by Gustav Mahler.

Our lectures will match music as tightly as possible: director of the National Gallery, Dr Barbara Jaki, will talk about unconventional ways paintings lend us information, Dr Mojca Marjana Kovač will animate monuments and mementos of Tartini, Assist Prof Dr Robert Peskar will present Three Parishes at Rosalnice that inspired Pavel Mihelčič, Nataša Ciber will discuss Oratory la Santa Queva of Cadiz, which was erected by Jose Saenz de Santamaria who commissioned also Joseph Haydn to compose The Last Seven Words of Our Savior on the Cross, and Dr Andrej Smrekar will demonstrate the visual inspiration of the subject of The Death and the Maiden.

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

Subscription price for the 2018–2019 season: 75 €
Single ticket: 19 €

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

Subscription or single tickets available at the front desk of the National Gallery of Slovenia, Prešernova 24, Ljubljana, 10 am–6pm, Thursdays through 8pm, or one hour before the event; closed Mondays.

Dates of events:

  • 2 October 2018
  • 20 November 2018
  • 8 December 2018
  • 29 January 2019
  • 26 March 2019
  • 21 May 2019


  • Program booklet (PDF)

2 October 2018 – 21 May 2019
Narodna galerija
Cankarjeva 20
1000 Ljubljana