The Slovenia Times

Concerts in historical settings throughout summer

Jun 10 - Aug 30

Musicians from 27 countries will give more than 60 admission-free concerts at 27 venues across the country this summer as part of Imago Sloveniae and the Summer in Old Ljubljana festivals.

Imago Sloveniae, a festival known for classical, jazz and world music concerts in historical town settings, will open in Ljubljana's Congress Square with a concert by the SNG Maribor Symphony Orchestra.

The opening concert will pay tribute to the 200th anniversary of the birth of Bedrich Smetana and the centenary since the deaths of composers Giacomo Puccini and Gabriel Faure.

The Ljubljana City Museum will serve as the main festival venue, hosting on 21 June six new compositions by Slovenian composers Mark Muni Mihevc, Klara Mlakar, Jan Triller, Tilen Slakan, Aleksandra Naumovska Potik and Klemen Leben.

Some of the top international musicians at the festival include the Aron String Quartet from Vienna, Kazakh-born violinist Aiman Mussakhajayeva and Portuguese pianist Bernardo Santon.

In one of the highlights the State Wind Orchestra Salzburg will perform at the Ljubljana Cathedral on 18 July. The same venue will also see concerts by the English Chamber Choir Londinium and the Italian Male Choir Il Polfifonico di Ruda.

The Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra will perform Sergei Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf at the Ljubljana Zoo on 24 August.

The festival will also include a concert by the selected winners of the national competition of young musicians TEMSIG.

The Jazz stage and Nights in Old Ljubljana will feature a number of concerts at the end of August.

For further details, visit the festival's website.