Friends of the National Gallery of Slovenia and the Slovenian Philharmonic
String Chamber Orchestra!
numbers often inspire us towards reflection, to look upon past achievements
with both appraisal and maybe a little pride, as well as upon future promise.
It is in this spirit that we offer this season’s Harmony of the Spheres, which
celebrates 20 years of presenting great music in harmony with great art.
program presents the third and final part of our Pictures at an Exhibition
series, featuring compositions which are directly inspired by specific works of
art from the collection of the National Gallery of Slovenia. The collection of
pieces offered this season aims to reaffirm our commitment to present beloved classics
in new and interesting thematic contexts together with exciting lesser-known
works in programs that aspire to delight, to soothe, to beguile – and above
all, to inspire. In spite of what looks to be a year of physical distancing and
mask-wearing in public, perhaps causing some devoted listeners to be more
cautious about attending public events, we firmly believe that it is music and
art that give us something worth living for.
hear masterpieces from J. S. Bach, Antonín Dvořák, Mauro Giuliani, Luigi
Boccherini, Carl Nielsen, Claude Debussy, Anton Webern, Samuel Barber, Frank
Bridge, Lucijan Marija Škerjanc and of course Ludwig van Beethoven, who
celebrates another – rather larger – round number this year, 250 years. The
first concert commemorates both our very first Harmony of the Spheres program
and Slovenian art, while world premieres by distinguished Slovenian composers
Nana Forte and Črt Sojar Voglar will be presented later in the season.
continue to present shorter compositions by promising composition students from
the Academy of Music and based on artworks in the Gallery’s collection, now renamed
“Musical Miniatures”. The season features excellent Slovenian soloists such as
harpist Mojca Zlobko Vajgl, violinist Domen Lorenz, the duo Claripiano and
guitarist Izidor Erazem Grafenauer, as well as the young Romanian oboist Sorin
lectures this season address ways of experiencing the world as they are expressed
in works of art. Gojko Zupan will talk about the paintings of Zoran Mušič as
bridges between reveries and reality to complement the evening’s musical
reveries; Barbara Jaki will present important paintings by Slovenian painters
of Beethoven’s time; Andrej Smrekar will match the selection of lyrical
canzonettas and suites with a discourse on lyricism in painting in the early
20th century; Michel Mohor’s contribution will deal with intimism in the
Slovenian tradition to accentuate the nocturnes of Chopin and Dvořák, while
fandango serves as a starting point for Mateja Breščak's presentation of the
challenge of movement in modernist Slovenian sculpture.
forward to sharing our art with you!
Artistic Director, Slovenian Philharmonic String Chamber Orchestra
Jaki, Director, National Gallery of Slovenia
Subscription: Harmony of the Spheres
The number of seats is limited to 40 for the duration of the pandemic regulations.
Subscription price for the 2020−2021 season: 75 EUR
Single ticket: 19 EUR
Subscription price for Friends of the National Gallery of Slovenia: 50 EUR
Single ticket: 15 EUR
Subscription or single tickets available at the front desk of the National Gallery of Slovenia, Prešernova 24, Ljubljana, 10 am–6 pm, Thursdays through 8 pm, or one hour before the event; closed Mondays.
Dates of events
- 13 October 2020
- 8 December 2020
- 9 Februar 2021
- 13 April 2021
- 18 Maj 2021
The quarantine resulting from the of COVID-19 pandemic has deprived us of two concerts from the Harmony of the Spheres' nineteenth season. We shall compensate the two lost concerts in November and December of our jubilee season.
- 3. november 2020
- 22. december 2020
Program booklet (PDF)
13 October 2020 – 18 Maj 2021
National Gallery of Slovenia