The history of the Festival Maribor spans over half a century, mainly focusing on Baroque styles in its beginnings and gradually extending its repertoire to post-modern transformations. It evolved from Festival of Baroque Music and later Music September, an international chamber music festival, inheriting its refined programming, stellar performance standards and unorthodox organizational style. The festival invites acclaimed musicians from Slovenia as well as abroad, who perform carefully selected programmes according to the content cue of the festival in various ensembles – from chamber to orchestral ones.
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For several years the Festival Maribor Orchestra represented the festival’s core, composed of excellent musicians, members of domestic and various world orchestras. Boldly conceived orchestral repertoire consisted of literature for chamber orchestra as well as grand symphonic and vocal-instrumental works. This year the festival’s programme will be co-created by different musicians and international ensembles. Foreign celebrities will represent the core of festival’s music creation as well as domestic musicians. We will also continue our cooperation with the Slovene National Theatre Symphony Orchestra.
Regular features of the festival’s programme concept are also presentation and promotion of young slovene artists, who benefit from working together with giants of classical music and gain a wonderful experience as well as new career references.
The concerts are held at various concert halls around Maribor and smaller venues in the area filled with history and charm, such as the Fin de Siècle Union Hall acclaimed for its superb acoustics, Vetrinj Mansion, Knight's Hall at the Regional Museum Maribor, Grand Hall and Kazina Hall at the Slovenian National Theatre Maribor and Narodni dom Maribor.