Sunday, 24 November 2019 at 11 a.m.
Slovenian Philharmonic, Marjan Kozina Hall
This year once again, the SiBRASS 2019 CONCERT CYCLE is delighted to offer music performed by excellent, world-renowned musicians. For the third year in a row, the SiBRASS Association is organising a series of five classical music concerts, with an emphasis on brass. SiBRASS is a unique platform that focuses on the sustained realisation of excellence as well as connecting and interweaving music-makers, performers, and the audience. In its third season of concert cycles SiBRASS continues to build upon its state-of-the-art brass musicians, whom it audaciously connects with an audience thirsty for a well-conceived and attractive programme. The new series of free Sunday concerts will, as always, provide the audience an opportunity to hear music at the highest level of performance. The concert programmes have been formulated in a deliberate manner, thus encompassing a broad selection of musical practices while also introducing novelties. Each concert will present Slovene works alongside foreign compositions.
The concerts will take place at the Slovenian Philharmonic, an excellent venue for the realisation of such projects. In cooperation with Radio Slovenia’s Channel III, the concerts will be recorded and subsequently broadcast as part of Radio Slovenia’s regular programme, and will also remain accessible in the archives of the Multimedia Centre of RTV Slovenia.
Gregor Gubenšek, trumpet
Petra Arlati Kovačič, concertmaster and artistic director
Danica Koren, second violin
Stane Demšar, cello
Janez Krevel, double bass
Urška Hrovat, flute
Slavko Kovačič, clarinet
Gregor Gubenšek, trumpet
Matej Krajter, trombone
Damir Korošec, percussion
Larisa Čanji, piano
Franz Lehár: JETZT GEHT’S LOS
“Here We Go” – a march
Émile Waldteufel: DIE SCHLITTSCHUHLÄUFER, op. 183
“The Ice Skaters” – a waltz
Herman Dostal: FLIEGER-MARSCH
“The Airmen’s March” – a march
Johann Strauss jr.: MORGENBLÄTTER, Op. 279
“Morning Journals” – a waltz
Émile Waldteufel: TOLLE STREICHE, Op. 157
“Acts of Folly” – a polka
Soloist: Gregor Gubenšek, trumpet
Karl Michael Ziehrer: WEANER MADL’N, Op. 388
“Viennese Girls” – a waltz
Viktor Parma: POZDRAV Z GORENJSKE
“Greetings from Upper Carniola” – a waltz – potpourri
Janko Gregorc: ROGAŠKA SLATINA
“The Town of Rogaška Slatina” – a march
Nico Dostal: DESIREE – an English waltz
John Philip Sousa: THE WASHINGTON POST – a march
Julius Fučík: WINTER STÜRME, Op. 184
“Winter Storms” – a waltz
Erwin Halletz: HOLIDAY AN DER RIVIERA
“Holiday on the Riviera”– a concert piece
Heinz Drossner: SUNSHINE, an English waltz
John Philip Sousa: STARS AND STRIPES FOREVER, a march
A SALON ORCHESTRA (sometimes referred to as a Salonkapelle) is a relatively small instrumental ensemble that plays music intended for dancing and entertainment.
Salon orchestras became established between 1870 and 1950, with salon music being performed first in town salons and dance halls and subsequently in parks, cafés, and health spas.
During the above-mentioned period, a number of salon orchestras operated in the Slovene territory, in major as well as in certain smaller towns such as Kamnik, Velenje, Ptuj, Dobrna, and
Rogaška Slatina. The latter is the only place where the tradition of concerts in the park has remained alive until the present day. Throughout history, numerous famous composers have written works for salon orchestras, with the most famous foreign ones being Johann Strauss Jr., Franz Lehár, Émile Waldteufel, Karl Wiedenfeld, and Julius Fučík, along with the Slovene composers Janko Gregorc, Ciril Pregelj, Karol Pahor, and Viktor Parma. The composition of salon orchestras is somewhat variable, with the core consisting of the obligatory piano, string section, a woodwind instrument, a brass instrument, and percussion, while guitar and harmonium are optional; some larger salon orchestras also include the saxophone. The different types of salon orchestras have specific names, such as the “Parisian”, which includes the cornet, the “Viennese”, which features the flute, and the “Berlin”, which includes the clarinet and trombone. Salon orchestras do not have a conductor, but instead the role thereof is assumed by the first violin, also called the “Stehgeiger” or standing violinist. Historically, this position was held by the following famous musicians: Johann Strauss Jr., Joseph Lanner, and Willi Boskovsky, and in the current era, the well-known André Rieu.
The tradition of the Musica Camerata orchestra from the town of Rogaška Slatina goes back to the year 1870. For over forty years it was the orchestra of the local Rogaška Slatina health spa.
Since 1991 it has performed under its current moniker as a salon orchestra. Besides summer concerts on the promenade, which the orchestra performs daily throughout the summer as part of Ana’s Festival at the Tempelj pavilion in Rogaška Slatina, during its long tradition it has performed at a number of other important events: a concert at the Lent Festival in Maribor, a concert commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Maribor Handball Club, a concert on the occasion of an international meeting of Champions League football clubs, and numerous concerts in Austria, Italy, and Croatia. Last but not least, the orchestra is a constant feature in Slovenia at numerous elite balls and it also stages a traditional New Year’s concert annually. The orchestra’s programme is light and listenable, encompassing marches, waltzes, serenades, overtures, fantasies, potpourris, opera and operetta tunes, film tunes, as well as popular and schlager music from different periods. The Musica Camerata orchestra operates under the auspices of the Maribor Association of orchestral Artists; its artistic director is Petra Arlati Kovačič.