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!


From pacifiers to trumpets

Do you remember your first classical music concert? Most of us do. The excitement of anticipating something new, important and big, the solemnness of people around you, the awkwardness of being the only kid among grown-ups, the stiffness of the collar of your Sunday best shirt …

And then the sounds, the music, the magic, the awe! A very special memory we proudly treasure for the rest of our lives.

However, we at the
Festival Maribor are proud to say we are guilty of a whole generation of concertgoers who definitely won't remember their first concerts! Not because of some traumatic experience (God forbid), but simply because they attended when they were still in their nappies! Yes, nappies! Festival Maribor is one of the (few) classical music festivals, which can boast an audience whose age is being counted in months, not years, and who enter our concert halls not holding mom's hands but being carried in them!


Our concerts for babies and toddlers are a hit and a sure investment in our future because even if our little concertgoers might not remember the event, it is certain that the joy of listening to classical music being performed live and up-close stays stored. And grows into love for it.

Exploring sounds and making music is one of the greatest joys in human life, so this year we have prepared even more of it (and not just for toddlers)! Introducing The Garden of Sounds, a magical place where plants and animals come alive through sounds. It's an exhibition of a particular kind, where you won't find any "Do not touch!" signs. On the contrary! We will invite you to take the objects into your hands and explore them. We will challenge you to produce sounds with them and create music!

Do accept our challenge! Excitement (and memories) guaranteed!