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Opening Concert

Ondina Otta Klasinc Hall, Slovene National Theatre Maribor

Georges Bizet: L’Arlésienne, Suite No. 2
Francis Poulenc: Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra, FP 61
Lucijan Marija Škerjanc: Gazele (Ghazals)

A coproduction with the Slovenian National Theatre Maribor.


The opening of the Maribor Festival 2023 will, in great style, reveal the main outlines of this year’s festival events. We will unveil the diversity of outstanding Slovenian performers and composers, entrusting the stage to both brilliant young talents and leading musical (and theatrical) forces. We will touch upon the word, both spoken and merely thought or felt, while at the same time venturing beyond the reach of words, to the realm of musical communication, which, despite its intangibility, successfully delves deep into the soul.

At the first concert of the festival, we will admire the mastery and attunement of the young Kamplet brothers, whose talent and dedication have already brought them enviable success at international competitions and on concert stages. The Symphony Orchestra of the Slovene National Theatre Maribor, under the baton of its own Simon Krečič, will connect with the musical world revealed by Poulenc’s music and offer a rare opportunity to hear one of the masterpieces of Slovenian musical creativity, the wonderfully colourful symphonic work Gazele (Ghazals) by Lucijan Marija Škerjanc, which was inspired by the verses of the great nineteenth-century Slovenian poet France Prešeren.

Tickets (online purchase): 24 € , 21 € / Senior 19,20 € / Students, Dissability 12 €.

Discounted tickets can be purchased at the Information office of Narodni dom Maribor or at the concert venue up to an hour before the concert.

This concert is part of the Slovenian National Theatre Maribor’s Symphonic Cycle, for both season ticket holders and the general public.

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