21 October – 26 November 2022

Maribor

Over the past four years, the Classical music today? tomorrow? concert series has sought to situate classical music in contemporary time and space. We have successfully charted a course and laid the foundations for what we hope will be a long-term presence in the local concert space.

Where does classical music fit in today? Exclusively in concert halls? Churches? 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 overload, seems to have difficulty processing art, which requires a little more attention, time and thought 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, created for this very purpose. Technical perfection, virtuosity of performance and aesthetic and confessional contribution are the add-ons that only reinforce the basic purpose.

The series “Classical Music Today? Tomorrow?” is intended as proof that the curiosity of the individual is more than enough to enjoy classical music. It presents adventurous performers in less conventional ensembles, bringing freshness and novelty to the classical scene, without neglecting the importance of quality performance and programme choice.

In the past, we have hosted names that are well-known in the wider world, including Oberton String Octet, Franziskus Ensemble, Trio Tempestoso, Rudi Katholnig and Hans-Peter Steiner, KUG Sax Sippia, Lumi, Simon Širec, Spectrum Saxophone Quartet and others.

In the future, we would like to follow the guidelines of the past years, i.e. to invite musicians who are looking for something more in their work. Most of them are young musicians who are looking for new ways to connect with their audiences. With a fresh performance, an unconventional ensemble, a choice of repertoire or arrangements of established classics. They try to present classical music in a new way, as close to the spirit of the times as possible. This year’s series included 5 concerts and the premiere of the art of movement – dance.

SCHEDULE

  • 21. 10. 2022: Duo Veris (Sinagoga Maribor)
  • 3. 11. 2022: Jaka Klun (Sinagoga Maribor)
  • 12. 11. 2022: Roads / Lazar Čolović & Tjaša Korenjak (Minoritska cerkev Maribor)
  • 19. 11. 2022: Kvartet ChAt (Sodni stolp Maribor)
  • 26. 11. 2022: Trobilni kvintet Brass Band Slovenija (Sodni stolp Maribor)

The concert series is produced in cooperation with the Maribor Puppet Theatre/Minoriti Cultural Quarter, the Centre of Jewish Cultural Heritage Synagogue Maribor and with the financial support of the Municipality of Maribor.