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CLOSING CONCERT: Stolen? Just our hearts.

Thursday, 11. September 2014
Union Hall at 19.30


Giovanni Sollima – program author and solo violoncello


O. Respighi: Ancient Airs and Dances: Suite No. 3 (1932)
L. Boccherini: Violoncello Concerto in G Major, G.480 (1770)
A. Piazzolla: Libertango (1974)
G. Sollima: Folktales for violoncello and orchestra (2009)


Stolen? Just our hearts.

'What I love about the cello is that you become part of the sound. The cello is the most connected instrument to the body. Part of the sound comes back at you and you feel it in the stomach; it is a very physical sensation,” Giovanni Sollima said in a recent interview for Sydney Morning Herald. Anybody who has ever been to his concert and witnessed his out-of-this-world playing surely agrees that the audience can feel it as well. The virtuoso with a rock star status, who constantly pushes the boundaries of his repertoire and his instrument way beyond what any “normal“ cellists would consider impossible, returns to Maribor to present the festival with a no doubt passionate, mesmerizing and unforgettable closing act. No big words about the programme needed.The only thing we do need to add is warning for the newcomers to Sollima's concerts: prepare to have your heart stolen.




Creating in best company!


Festival Maribor 2014 , 5. – 11. September




Festival Maribor is happy to announce that the renowned Australian violinist Richard Tognetti returns to the festival! The charismatic leader of the Australian Chamber Orchestra, who is praised by the critics for his inspired programming and unrivalled creativity, energy and individuality has managed to bring Maribor into the spotlight of the European festival season, placing it side by side with some of the most important European musical cities.




His unique, almost revolutionary programming extends across centuries, styles and genres, creating a fertile ground for musical cross-pollinating. Paired with a


line-up that can't be found anywhere else as the acclaimed musicians from all over the world, members of exceptional Slovenian and foreign orchestras are hand-picked by the festival's organizers, forming various chamber and orchestral ensembles as well as the core of the Festival Maribor Orchestra in accord with the program, it became the Festival Maribor's formula for success.




To prove the above, we can proudly announce that the renowned web portal CultureTrip ranked Festival Maribor among the ten best European festivals this year.




Being aware that we have to live up to such high standards, we happily present this year's rendition of the festival. It's main theme (with variations, of course) can best be described using the title of one of this year's concert highlights: ”Stolen?”




Is music property? Under what circumstances can music be considered as stolen? How many melodies, which we recognize as a masterpiece by a certain composer, have actually been borrowed, appropriated, even stolen? Our search for answers took us onto a badly marked and winding path of authorship in music. Opening new ways to look at the tensions between copyright law, musical meaning and artistic freedom it became one of the artistic challenges of this year's festival.




We are sure we won't be able to find all the right answers. But we are sure we will offer unforgettable concert experiences, with our musical kaleidoscope forming magical images out of fragments from borrowings in classical music, the postmodern music collages and all the way to DJs remixes.




Welcome in the creative chaos of the Festival Maribor 2014!