Festival upbeat

When: Sunday, 14. 8. 2022 at 19:00

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OperArija (SI)

Petra Vrh Vrezec: soprano
Al Vrezec: baritone
Gregor Klančič: organ 

Artists’ message to visitors

All these years we have browsed the rich musical treasury with the musical prayers of Ave Maria, some with admirable spiritual depths, others naughty and boiling with the joy of life. The variety of composers, who wrote the Ave Maria tracks, surprised us. The lyrics of Ave Maria were set to music by almost every composer, even the greatest of them. The Iron Repertoire consists of three arrangements, Gounod-Bach, Schubert and Caccini, performed in countless versions by the most famous classical and pop musicians. Ave Maria by other composers will be harder to find on CDs or YouTube channels, most of them never. Therefore, it was exciting to intervene after each new musical "prayer", as we felt that we were constantly plowing the pre-performance wasteland, where we marvel at the variety of ideas, ways of experiencing the text and the spiritual orientation of the composer. Eventually, the idea matured and finally matured to record this and share the musical legacy of Ave Maria with those, who simply admirers the Mother of God and music that she inspired.


My artistic mission

My musical mission follows several tracks. At sacral concerts, I want to "enchant" people and take them far away with timeless melodies, into a world without worries and sorrows. At opera concerts, I want to make the opera genre popular with people who have no contact with this type of music - above all, I want them to truly experience the play, the passion of opera heroes and the dynamics of movement and expression. The latest "track" are concerts with themes from nature, with which I communicate to people how beautiful they are, music and nature, and how important it is that we know how to listen to them and above all respect nature. And another path is dear to me - children's educational performances, which bring classical music closer to the most demanding and genuine audience, which gives me hope that classical music and opera have a bright future.

Petra Vrh Vrezec

Winemaker of Seviqc Brežice 2022 concerts: Jakončič family, Kozana, Goriška brda

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Chat with ensemble OperArija (SI)


Questions to artists

With questions to artists and their answers, we want to bring visitors closer to the role of the artists in society, their views and work. There will be too little time on the upbeat to touch on everything that interests you. Upbeat visitors are invited to focus the conversation on those issues that are more interesting to you. You are invited to provide us with additional questions in advance, which we will present to our artists. All the answers of the artists will be collected in a special publication, which will be published at the end of this year's festival. Questionnaire consultants: Vesna Volk (Radiotelevizija Slovenija) and Marina Žlender (Glasna Magazine).

The questions are formulated in three sets: an artist as a person (what your normal day looks like when you are not traveling, what your work on the instrument looks like, what your work with young people looks like and how you perceive their attitude towards music, how you convey it to them), preparation of the programme (how you plan the programming concept, where and how you capture ideas for designing a concert programme and what obstacles you face, how you design a concert programme, how you meet other artists, how you get involved in other ensembles and what it looks like when you put together your own ensemble, how you approach and research archives, how you are received by the institutions that care for this cultural heritage, and what problems you face in the phase when you are looking for and choosing works for the programme), the power of art (how music and any other art can contribute to a better society, what is the impact of art on the challenges of politics and environmental protection, how art can defy state violence against freedom of expression, what are your experiences, how you see the future of art and what its role is in shaping society in the coming centuries, how you see the development of the field we call early music in the coming decades).


Brežice, Slomškov dom

In the old town center of Brežice, at today's address of Brežice, Kržičnikova 2, a primary school with two classes was built in 1824. The owner and builder of the elementary school was the parish of Saint Lawrence, and at the time of construction, the parish priest was Ignacij Fuks. The school had a ground floor and was made of stone.