9 November, 2019
Minorite Church – Maribor Puppet Theatre

The Association EPEKA, Soc. Ent., organised the first concert of this year’s “Classics Today? tomorrow?” series! Brass Band Slovenia.

It was 2006 when a young music enthusiast, Aleksander Čonč, then still a high school student, started to realise the idea of an orchestra consisting exclusively of brass instruments. Brass Band Slovenia is considered the first ensemble of its kind in Slovenia. It is composed mainly of music students and academically trained musicians. Their enthusiasm and youthful enthusiasm are well supported by the virtuosity of the participating musicians, creating an energetic, dynamic and sonically full concert experience. They will present a varied programme entitled “Musical Mosaic”, which, in addition to classical music, also includes film music and excerpts from the most famous musicals.

The remaining concerts of the “Classics Today? tomorrow?” concert series:

Tickets for each concert cost 5€ and can be purchased at the venue box office.
A package of four tickets for the whole series can be obtained from the Epeka team for 15€.

classics today? tomorrow?

A year ago we piloted the concert series Classics Today? Tomorrow? and began our search for the place of classical music in contemporary time and space. The search has only really begun with three concerts, so this year we are launching the second edition of the series, where we will open some new boxes with an expanded programme.

Where does classical music fit in today? Exclusively in concert halls? Churches? To weddings? Festivals? Clubs? Elevators? Shops? Does it belong anywhere else? And in what form? Strictly evening, glitzy, with choice words, fine wine? Original, as it once was, or is modernisation allowed? Is it only desirable? Sensible?

Classical music, in the whirlwind of modern times, finds itself in a crisis of its once steely identity. It is as if it had fallen into a mixture of elitism, conservatism and time-consuming pedantry. The “instant” age, with its information sufficiency, seems to have a hard time processing art, which requires a little more attention, time and reflection in its treatment.
But even classical music is still – after all – music! And in its very being, one of the functions of art is, after all, entertainment. Much of the classical repertoire was, and still is, written with this very purpose in mind. Technical perfection, virtuosity of performance and aesthetic and confessional contribution are the add-ons that only reinforce the basic purpose.

The Classics Today? tomorrow? series is intended as proof that the curiosity of the individual is more than enough to enjoy classical music. It presents young, adventurous performers in less conventional ensembles who bring freshness and novelty to the classical scene, without neglecting the importance of quality performance and programme choice.
This year’s cycle has been expanded in many ways, both in style and location. This time we have invited musicians from the world of classical music, who apply their knowledge and thinking in a wide variety of styles. Even those that are, by definition, the opposite of serious music. The two concerts are set in the Minorite Church, which has already proved to be a wonderful setting for concerts of this kind last year. And twice we will enjoy the legendary “Cultural and Musical Den” or Klub KGB in Maribor, where the music will resonate in a relaxed basement-bar atmosphere. (Sašo Fekonja)

The concert series is supported by the Municipality of Maribor.

The Association EPEKA, Soc. Ent., is supported by: