The Slovenia Times

Festivities Marking Centenary of Adamič's Birth


Composer, pianist, conductor and photographer Adamič (1912-1995) is being remembered by a number of events this year. He is known as a composer of music for wind instruments and orchestras and a pioneer of the Slovenian jazz music, popular music and chanson.

He wrote music for big bands, films, was the editor of Radio Slovenija and the author of a popular show for the youth Veseli tobogan (Happy Slide).

"He was an extremely versatile personality and the whole point of centenaries is to present the person in a comprehensive way, so that their contribution may not be forgotten. One step in this direction is the upcoming symposium," said Franci Pivec, who will chair the symposium held on Saturday at the Maribor University Library.

As part of the symposium, organised by the Ljubljana-based Academy of Music and the Alliance of Wind Bands, an exhibition on Adamič's life will open at the library in cooperation with the Ljubljana-based National and University Library (NUK).

Adamič as a photographer will meanwhile be presented as part of a guest exhibition "Zven maske" (The Sound of the Mask) from the Ptuj Ormož Museum. Both exhibitions will be on display until 24 November.

The musical part of the festivities will include two concerts organised by the Alliance of Wind Bands. The first one will be held on Saturday evening and the other on Sunday.

According to the alliance's president Tone Urbas, Saturday's event will feature the orchestra of the Slovenian police force and armed forces playing Adamič's last masterpiece "Rquiem".

The piece, which Adamič wrote based on a poem by Fran Milčinski Ježek, was first played at the Cankarjev dom arts centre in Ljubljana in 1999.

On Sunday, five Slovenian wind orchestras will stage a concert, marking the conclusion of the year dedicated to Adamič.


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