Thank you!

How time flies when one is having a good time! It's hard to believe that Festival Maribor 2018 is over! We've been passionate, we've been struck by lightning, we've admired the power of human heart and enjoyed the laughter of children. We've gasped at the roars of nature, and celebrated lasting friendships. But, above all: we've enjoyed eight fantastic days and nights filled with great music.

For this, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts, dear
Nicolas Altstaedt, The Haydn Philharmonic, Alexander Lonquich, Slovenian Philharmonic String Chamber Orchestra, The SNG Maribor Symphony Orchestra, Gergely Dubóczky, Dávid KutasLászló SeemanMahir KalmikBoštjan Lipovšek, Adriana Magdovski, Maribor Conservatory of Music and Ballet and Peter Kus.  Thank you for being the (passionate and powerful) heart of our festival, for giving it all on our stage and for being such great friends!

Also, thank you to our audiences, from the smallest concert goers (yes, the ones with pacifiers) to the grey-haired ones, who have been faithful companions of our festival for decades. It's because of all of you that we are preparing the next one already. Therefore we won't say goodbye, but: see you next September. Welcome to Festival Maribor 2019!


Power of the heart

Let’s start with some medical facts. A human heart beats about 115,200 times a day. That’s a whopping 4.800 beats per hour, which means, during our Sunday, September 23rd Powered by Heart concert a good 12.000 should be counted. Should. But won’t!

With the programme offering all of the Beethoven cello sonatas, there are bound to be much, much more. Not only because such programme is a challenge for both the performing musicians as well as listeners, but because it’s Beethoven’s tour de force, at the same time intimate and heroic, passionate and spiritual, dreamy and dramatic! A whole universe of atmospheres, thoughts and feelings, reflecting the entire lifespan of the troubled genius. With Alexander Lonquich and Nicolas Altstaedt on stage, this epic journey is bound to be highly intense and passionate, a firework of virtuosity and a rollercoaster of emotions. Are you up to it? How strong is your heart?


Thunder? Tornado!

“Mozart's music is so beautiful as to entice angels down to earth,” said Alexander von Kleist.

Well, we can’t honestly guarantee the celestial beings descending unto Union Hall
on Saturday, September 22th, but we can guarantee an evening full of (heavenly) beautiful music and – lightning strikes! One needs no weather charts to predict that Mozart’s last symphony, appropriately nicknamed after the supreme Roman deity, performed by the brilliant Haydn Philharmonic, led by the Nicolas Altsteadt means thunder and lightning just as sure as two and two make four.

Add the ever-popular Haydn’s “Clock” Symphony and Schumann’s breathtaking Cello Concerto to the mixture and what you get is a musical whirlwind of jupiterian proportions. No, not god this time. The planet. That giant with a mass one-thousandth that of the Sun. Or two-and-a-half times that of all the other planets in the Solar System combined. Enormous proportions for enormous joy! Don’t miss it!