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Tribute to Jože Privšek — Big Band RTV Slovenija

The Main Stage of the Slovenian National Theatre Drama Ljubljana boasts prides itself on brilliant acoustics and has therefore become an occasional and much sought-after venue for musicians. In the 2022/23 season, we launched a new music-theatre platform Ars and Drama, in which the creative forces of the national Radio Slovenia Third Programme – Ars programme and the SNT Drama Ljubljana joined to present four unforgettable concerts.

As a follow-up in the 2023/24 season, the Ars programme and Drama will co-organize four wonderful musical evenings – last concerts to be performed on the 110-year-old Main Stage before the start of the complete renovation of the SNT Drama Ljubljana. The upcoming concert series will open on Sunday, 15 October at 20.00 with a Tribute to Jože Privšek.

The gala concert Tribute to Jože Privšek will honour the legendary Slovenian jazz musician who set completely new standards on the Slovenian music scene. In 1960s, Privšek took over the leadership of the Radio Slovenia Dance Orchestra (now called the RTV Slovenia Big Band) from Bojan Adamič and managed to bring it to the very top of European and world music. He authored more than ten thousand compositions and arrangements for the Big Band and recorded many outstanding albums with it. His outstanding arrangements have been included in the library of the famous Berklee College of Music in Boston. Although his first love was jazz, he transported his wealth of knowledge to other genres as well. He composed some of the most beautiful songs from the golden era of Slovenian popular music, such as Mati, bodiva prijateljaNad mestom se dani, Vozi me vlak v daljave, Ne prižigaj luči v temi and Silvestrski poljub.  At the concert, the RTV Slovenia Big Band will recreate his abundant body of work under the baton of Lenart Krečič.

The concert will feature vocal guest soloists Oto Pestner, Alenka Godec and Nina Strnad. Members of the audience are kindly requested to take their seats by 19.45.

Tickets for Ars and Drama concerts cost 20 EUR (categories I and II) and 15 EUR (categories III and IV). They can be purchased online at and at the SNT Drama Ljubljana box office. Ticket discounts: a set of tickets for all four concerts: 70 EUR (categories I and II) or 50 EUR (categories III and IV) and a 20% discount for SNT Drama Ljubljana subscribers, school children, students and old age pensioners.

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