After a few years, the Police Orchestra returns to the Gallus Hall of Cankarjev dom with its traditional Christmas and New Year Concert.
The orchestra is preparing a rich and colourful programme to create a festive performance in the spirit of the season, which will surely satisfy the expectations of the audience.
"And so we witnessed another, more than successful (artistic) performance of Slovenia's leading wind orchestra, which is the leading state wind orchestra of outstanding quality."
Duration: 90 minutes
At this year’s Christmas and New Year’s concert, PPO Vevče will lift the mysterious veils of the Middle East. In the company of Lawrence of Arabia, Scheherazade and Aida, we will revel in the tempting rhythms and melodies of the Orient.
We invite you to join us on this wondrous journey and fly on a magic carpet above the musical landscapes of the Mideast. Breathe in the Arabic scents, taste the spices and relive the 1001 nights!
Dalibor Miklavčič – organ
Dubravka Tomšič Srebotnjak – piano
Clarinet Quartet of the University of Ljubljana Academy of Music
Aljaž Kalin Kante
Mojca Bitenc – soprano
Nuška Drašček Rojko – mezzo-soprano
Gregor Ravnik – tenor
Jaka Mihelač – baritone
Andreja Kosmač and Sae Lee – piano
Alumnus String Quartet of the University of Ljubljana Academy of Music
Tanja Sonc – violin
Ana Dolžan – violin
Nejc Mikolič – viola
primož zalaznik – violoncello
Baroque Orchestra and Vocal Ensemble of the University of Ljubljana Academy of Music
Egon Mihajlović – artistic direction
Theresa Plut – soprano
Barbara Jernejčič Fürst – mezzo-soprano
Saxophone Ensemble of the University of Ljubljana Academy of Music
Miha Rogina – conductor
Big Band of the University of Ljubljana Academy of Music
Matej Hotko – conductor
University of Ljubljana Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra
Simon Dvoršak – conductor
Horn Quartet of the University of Ljubljana Academy of Music
Frédéric Chopin (1810–1849): Scherzo No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 31
Raymond Decancq (b. 1935): A Playful Quartet
Johannes Brahms (1833–1897): Liebeslieder Waltzer
No. 1: Rede, Mädchen, allzu liebes
No. 2: Am Gesteine rauscht die Flut
No. 3: O die Frauen
No. 4: Wie des Abends schöne Röte
No. 15: Nachtigall, sie singt so schön
No. 18: Es bebet das Gesträuche
Franz Schubert (1797–1828): String Quartet in C minor, D 703
Georg Friedrich Händel (1685–1759): »Son nato a lagrimar« (duet of Sesto and Cornelia from opera Giulio Cesare in Egypt)
Johann Adolph Hasse (1799–1883): Final ensemble from opera Cleofide
Matej Bonin (b.1986) : Eppur si muove II (world premiere)
Gordon Goodwin (b. 1954): Count Bubba
Carl Heinrich Hübler (1822–1893): Concerto for four horns and orchestra
Johannes Brahms: Slavnostna akademska uvertura v c-molu, op. 80
Festivity in Honour of 80th Anniversary of the University of Ljubljana Academy of Music and 100th Anniversary of the Higher Music Education in Slovenia
Conductor: Simon Robinson
Maillot’s Cinderella dances barefoot. Rather than wearing glass slippers, her bare feet become the symbol of ballet. Covered in glitter, their golden dust of dreams leaves behind a sparkling trail of magic.
Production: Ballet SNT Maribor
J. Sibelius, Symphony No. 7
E. Elgar, Cello Concerto
P. I. Čajkovski, Symphony No. 6, Pathétique
The great works of musical Romanticism always captivate and fascinate the listener. It is therefore not surprising that they continue to form a major part of the standard repertoire of most of the world’s orchestras. On this occasion, we have created a balanced programme of works from the treasure trove of Romantic orchestral music with varying degrees of familiarity, presented in interpretations by Bulgarian conductor Rossen Milanov.
The programme opens with the last of Sibelius’s seven symphonies. The work with which this great creator of Finnish musical identity concluded his symphonic opus also represents one of his successful experiments: he adapted the standard four-movement structure of the symphony to his own expression and created a magnificent symphony in a single movement! One of the (justifiably) most popular and most frequently performed Romantic symphonies is undoubtedly Tchaikovsky’s final masterpiece, the Pathétique Symphony, about which the composer wrote: “It is the best thing I have ever composed or shall compose; I have put my whole soul into this work.”
The two symphonies will be linked by Elgar’s elegiac Cello Concerto, featuring the world-renowned Serbian cellist Maja Bogdanović (1982), who works between Paris and Chicago.
E. Chabrier, Suite pastorale
F. Poulenc, Concert champêtre
C. Debussy, arr. Colin Matthews Three Preludes
C. Debussy, Le mer, trois esquisses symphoniques pour orchestra
We will announce the arrival of spring with a programme that awakens images of nature, from scenes of green, blooming pastures, to the vast and ever restless sea. We have selected works by French composers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, as it is the French music tradition that has for centuries been the most inclined towards the picturesque, and towards the “translation” of scenes from nature into musical language.
Suite pastorale by the Romantic composer and admirer of Impressionist painters Chabrier will be followed by Poulenc’s Neo-Baroque and humorous harpsichord concerto, which is also imbued with moments of lyrical melancholy.
We will discover the world of Debussy, the Impressionist painter of sonic landscapes, through arrangements of his piano preludes and his popular “symphonic sketches” brought together in the triptych entitled Le mer (The Sea).
In order to reveal the rich shades of colour our orchestra possesses, the conductor’s baton will serve as a paint brush in the hand of British conductor Catherine Larsen-Maguire (1971), a former bassoonist of the Komische Oper Berlin. In Poulenc’s concerto, we will be joined on stage by the young, but already world-renowned harpsichord virtuoso Jean Rondeau (1991), who won the competition of the festival Musica Antiqua in Bruges at only twenty years of age.
F. Liszt, Von der Wiege bis zum Grabe
U. Pompe, new work
P. Hindemith, Mathis der Maler
German composer and conductor Johannes Kalitzke (1959) studied the piano, conducting, composition and electronic music at the University of Music in his native Cologne. He also studied at the celebrated Parisian music institute IRCAM, where Vinko Globokar was among his mentors. As a composer, he dedicates himself mainly to opera, having created commissioned works for the Munich Biennale and the Viennese Theater an der Wien. Cofounder and leader of the ensemble MusikFabrik, Kalitzke has appeared as a conductor with the Munich Philharmonic and the BBC Symphony Orchestra, as well as with renowned contemporary music ensembles, such as Klangforum Wien, Collegium Novum Zürich and Ensemble Modern. Since 2015, he has been a professor of conducting at the Mozarteum in Salzburg.
We are delighted to entrust him with the leadership of a programme with a somewhat more modern conception. It opens with the last of Liszt’s thirteen symphonic poems, the musical form that this great nineteenth-century musical innovator introduced and developed into one of the most important musical forms of Romanticism.
In the continuation, we will present a new work by Slovenian composer and music pedagogue Urška Pompe, who studied at the music academies in Ljubljana, Budapest and Basel. Since 1997, she has taught solfeggio at the Ljubljana Academy of Music, and in 2007 she received the prestigious Prešeren Prize for her creative work.
The concert will conclude with a programmatic symphony by the German Neoclassical composer Paul Hindemith. Hindemith used the musical material from the symphony Mathis der Maler (Matthias the Painter) in his eponymous opera, which was written at the same time. The protagonist of the opera is the German Renaissance painter Matthias Grünewald.
L. van Beethoven, in 250#
L. van Beethoven, Violin Concerto
L. van Beethoven, Symphony No. 3, Eroica
In this year’s season, we will dedicate three concerts to the music of Ludwig van Beethoven, to whom we pay tribute on the occasion of the 250th anniversary of his birth.
The classicists Haydn and Mozart expressed the musical aesthetics of their time in the most sophisticated form, purifying the musical style of the so-called First Viennese School both expressively and formally. In the nineteenth century, their heritage was accepted and supplemented by musical Romanticism, with Beethoven playing a key role. Beethoven was shaped as an artistic personality during the turbulent political events of the end of the eighteenth and the beginning of nineteenth century (from the French Revolution and Napoleon’s conquests, to the Congress of Vienna), which pushed art from comfortable classical order to the turmoil and (both worldly and personal) drama of Romanticism.
The influence of Beethoven’s music marked almost all European composers well into the twentieth century, extending to the Slovenian cultural space, as well. We will therefore perform two of his most important and popular works: the mighty Third Symphony, Eroica, and the Violin Concerto. The soloist will be the world-renowned virtuoso Stefan Milenković (1977), who still today retains his reputation as the youngest graduate ever of the Belgrade Music Academy. We will be guided through the vastness of Beethoven’s music by Mihail Agafita (1973), the chief conductor of the Moldavian Philharmonic, who has more than seven hundred performances behind him, in concert halls from Moscow to Madrid.