Music telling tales at the National and University Library in Zagreb: Concert by the “Glazbene staze” musical ensemble

Objavljeno 24.11.2015.

The Glazbene staze musical ensemble and the National and University Library in Zagreb are together organizing Bajkovite staze, a free concert that will be held at the Library on 25 November 2015 (grand lobby, 20.15).

Bajkovite staze will be the seventh concert performed by the ensemble this year and quite probably another of its successful attempts at taking its audience along the magical paths winding through the wondrous land of fairytales. It will tell a story of one of the most famous Croatian tales of old, Stribor’s Forest (Šuma Striborova), and try to engage its audience in the adventures of Peter from Sergei Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf.


Ivan Josip Skender: Stribor’s Forest, premiere performance of the opera’s suite for flute, clarinet, violin, cello and piano
Sergei Prokofiev (adaptation by Yaroslav Sadovyy): Peter and the Wolf, for chamber ensemble and narrator.

Glazbene staze musical ensemble

Eda Rimanić, flute
Yaroslav Sadovyy, clarinet
Đana Kahriman, violin
Mia Grubišić, cello
Iva Ljubičić, piano

and guests

Jasna Simonović Mrčela, viola
Ida Szekeres, oboe
Matko Smolčić, bassoon
Bernard Homan, sax

Narrator: Božidar Peričić
Scenography: Katarina Ferek Petrić

Glazbene staze is a five-member mixed ensemble comprising flute, clarinet, violin, cello and piano. A single so-called Pierrot ensemble in Croatia, Glazbene staze frequently cooperates with other musicians as well as a wide range of artists of other profiles, i.e. theatre actors, visual artists, professional dance artists. The ensemble’s members are skilled and recognised chamber musicians and soloists, who studied music at various academies, both in Croatia and abroad.

The ensemble has been active since 2012 and it was formed as a result of a homonymous musical programme that has been going on for the last seven years at the Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall in Zagreb under the sponsorship of the City of Zagreb and its Office for Education, Culture and Sports.

The ensemble’s thematic concerts are specially adapted for the purpose of the popularisation of classical music among the wider public and particularly, the bringing of it closer to the younger population. Thus its performances always feature an interesting blend of classical and semi-classical music accompanied by a dynamic interplay of musical genres ranging from jazz, film and traditional music.

The ensemble’s previous concerts and performances have been exceptionally well received by audiences of all ages, at the same time meeting with acclaim in the professional circles. Some of their most successful projects include Red Lipstick (Crveni ruž), Music Trek Meets Star Trek and Fantastic Suite (Fantastična suita) and owing to the educational value of the ensemble’s programmes the ensemble has been made part of several programmes run by the Croatian Ministry of Culture and the national youth-oriented musical association Hrvatska glazbena mladež.