They dare, we win!

»I always felt like being on stage was like walking out in the middle of a highway. You're in a place where you know you're not supposed to be. But at the same time, you feel like the king of the highway. There's this adrenaline kick. You feel like you can be run over by a car at any time.«* 

Vilde Frang is often described as feisty, quirky, organic or irreverent. An uncompromising artist, who dares to go where a lot of her fellow members of today's classical music superstar circle don't. She bravely ventures in interpretative territories unknown and her (and our) reward is a discovery of new depths in music, event the one which is so familiar it surely holds no more surprises.

Quite a few of those surely await in Brahm's Double Concerto, where Nicolas Altstaedt will join her. Another artist, who dares to stay true to himself, in spite the mighty music industry forcing more and more of it's brightest stars into the moulds, which will assure better sales, but not necessarily better art.

Uncompromising playing, uncompromising faith in one's art and two of the most exciting artists of our time... He who dares, wins, the saying goes. In our case, we are the winners! Our reward: an unforgettable evening with distinctive, unique musical DNA awaits! Artistic Courage, September 21.


Interwiev with Hartmut Welscher, 2016,


Beethoven and a prince?

In fairy tales, the oldest sibling is always loved the most by the parents, and therefore usually aloof, selfish, and quite simple mean to the younger ones. The youngest though, no matter how neglected, is the one whose quiet beauty, good soul and gentle character win the sympathies of readers. It is always the one who gets the prince (or princess) in the end A happy end, of course.

In the case of Beethoven's sister compositions, the well-known and overwhelmingly popular Ninth Symphony and its lesser-known little sister, Choral Fantasy, the fairy tale scenario is a bit different. The latter is, in fact, older. Still, its fate is just as the one, described above. Quite forgotten and hidden in the dark shadow of its famous sister, it became music's own Sleeping beauty, waiting for its prince.

Festival Maribor has found him! Presenting the dashing young prince of piano, whose indisputable and internationally admired talent will serve as that magical kiss, bringing the Fantasy to life, allowing the music to shine in all its beauty – 
Nejc Kamplet:

»In times of technology, and the world of formality, rationality and practicality, allowing our fantasy to come to life is more important than ever. I am sure Beethoven's Fantasy will elevate us all into a state, which will inspire and enrich the way we experience our world.«

It is a well-known fact that Beethoven's relationships with princes and aristocrats, in general, was, well, complicated. But we are sure; he'd approve of Nejc, sharing the composer's happiness in love of art. So join him and the soloists, choir and orchestra of Slovene National Theatre Maribor on September 17th

Believe in magic. Of fairy tales. And music.



Beethoven and aliens

People say music is a language anyone speaks and understands. Even the aliens. Just remember the five-note sequence from Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind, which convinced the visitors from space that humans are too good to be blown into pieces. That same task is put before Beethoven. His Fifth Symphony, floating with the Voyager 2 in outer space, is among the selected music tasked with a gargantuan mission: to present the possible intelligent creatures out there with a comprehensive explanation of life on Earth and tens of thousands of years of human culture. Bless the music, composers, and musicians.

Sometimes concert-goers (at least the ones who are not playing any instrument) can feel like aliens, too. We indeed enjoy the opportunity to listen to music created right there and then, but the thrill of creation itself eludes us just like the evasive green men dodge our telescopes and radars. But now, all this will change.

Anders Lind acknowledges us, the audience aliens, and he is inviting us join the party! With a little help of our smartphones and an app as colourful and simple as the animations in the movie mentioned above, we'll be able to connect with musicians and communicate with them. Finally, we are given a chance to create our culture, not just observe it as visitors from another planet. Helped by a small device we are going to make that giant leap and leave our first footprint in the uncharted territory, undoubtedly feeling just as triumphant and proud as Neil Armstrong!

The infinite space of possibilities awaits on 
September 25th. Reach for the stars!


P. S.: If you are not ready for the giant leap, start with a small step: check out Anders Lind's interactive exhibition Lines, and create music in your own space and time!


OMG, Beethoven!

»… I needed to isolate very early and live my life in loneliness. (…) I couldn't even ask the people: Please, speak loud, shout, because I'm deaf!«* 

Beethoven's letter, asking his friend to »describe my disease so that the world may reconcile with me, at least after my death« sums up the tragedy and torments of his life perfectly. Today, he'd probably send a text. Having the opportunity to talk to people without being around them in person, he would have been texting everybody. But – would he have liked it?

2020 taught us an important lesson: being human means being social. Having our phones to talk to each other, using cameras and computer screens to see one's faces, listening to recordings via headphones and watching concerts via screens is all good, and it helped us through the lockdown, but – it's not enough!

We all felt it. We all missed it. That moment of transcendence, which made the great Sergiu Celibidache detest recordings. That spark that 
Marko Letonja feels when performing for a live audience. Being a human means needing another human to feel like a person. To live fully. 

On the other hand, technology opens up the door to music and art in a way it has never been opened before. It democratizes them; it makes them available not just to consume, but to create! That's what Anders Lind explores and thematizes with his Mobile Phones Orchestra project, turning the listeners into performers.

What would Beethoven, an ardent believer in democracy say about that? What would appear in our text bubble? Thumbs up? OMG?

Festival Maribor offers you a chance to participate in the experiment, and get the experience enabling you to make an educated guess. The answer, however, will be given to us by the future.


*letter to Franz Gerhard Wegeler, 1801