Ivan MeštrovićThe Klovićevi Dvori exhibition charts Meštrović's artistic development with a never-previously-assembled collection of his work, ranging from capital sculptures to intimate portrait busts and speculative sketches. Highlighting the huge range of influences he drew on in forming a unique visual style, the exhibition casts Meštrović as a quintessentially Mediterranean artist, an heir to traditions that date back to Ancient Egypt and Classical Greece. Ivan Meštrović: a Retrospective will be on show at the Klovićevi Dvori Gallery from November 22, 2023 until March 3, 2024.
Perpetuum JazzileSlovenian ensemble Perpetuum Jazzile might be best known for their viral interpretation of Toto’s “Africa,” but there is much more to this impressive group of Slovene singers than that cover. The choir has existed in some form or another since 1983, and its mixture of male and female voices helps create a stunning soundscape of melody and harmony at Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall, Feb, 7.
Classical PicksApart from the Croatian National Theatre for ballet and opera performances, the main venue for classical concerts in Zagreb is the Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall which has been synonymous with the finest musical performances for almost half a century. Make sure to secure your tickets on-line or directly at the box offices. You can't beat an evening at the Zagreb Philharmonic (www.zgf.hr). The concert schedule for the early 2024 season has been announced, and highlights are plenty.
10.01 Film Music Concert: Harry Potter Tribute - V. Lisinski Hall
02.02 Zagreb Philharmonic: Ivan Repušić (conductor), Ruben Dalilbaltayan (piano) - V. Lisinski Hall
06.02 HRT Choir: Polar Nights,Stefan Parkman (conductor), Filip Fak (piano) - Lauba
24.02 Zagreb Soloists: Julian Rachlin (violin) - V. Lisinski Hall
07.03 HRT Symphony Orchestra: Endless Waltz, Lio Kuokman (conductor), Daniel Matejča (violina)- V. Lisinski Hall
13.04 Ivo Pogorelić (piano) - V. Lisinski Hall
16.03 Birmingham Symphony Orchestra: Kazuki Yamada (conductor), Alice Sara Ott (piano) - V. Lisinski Hall
27.04 Zagreb Soloists: Julian Steckel (cello) - V. Lisinski Hall
11.05 Slovenian Philharmonic: Wayne Marshall (conductor and piano) - V. Lisinski Hall
Get GiggingZagreb has always been a rock-androll town and boasts a live music scene that would be the envy of many a Central-European city. Grass-roots acts and medium-level touring bands can be regularly seen at live music clubs such as Močvara (Clan of Xymox on March 8, Decapitated on March 16 and Vintage Industrial Bar (Akua Naru on April 6, Finntroll, Suotana & Metsatöll on April 14) Tvornica caters for bigger local and international acts (M.O.R.T on March 2, Yann Tiersen on March 5, Moral Combat on March 9, Manntra on April 4 and Corey Taylor on June 6). Peti Kupe is the place to go for DJ action and live concerts. Year start with (Mavi Kan: Future sound of Sevdah on January 25 and Natali Dizdar on February 13), There’s an outdoor gig season at the Šalata sports complex (this year featuring Dropkick Murphys on June 12 ).Among the other significant Zagreb visitors, leave spaces in your diary for KODO in the Lisinski Concert Hall on March 24 and Mariza on April 8 and Cirque du Soleil in Zagreb Arena on January 25 - 28.
Glenn Miller OrchestraGlenn Miller is an icon of the big band world, and the orchestra that continues his legacy does so with pizzazz. The Glenn Miller Orchestra is one of the most influential groups of all time, whether you know it or not, and the band will light up the Vastroslav Lisinski Hall in April, 23. Miller famously said that a band should have a personality, and there is no shortage of charm in this one.
OHO and This is Naive!In a world of babysitting and hand-holding, there is a lot to love about naive art. The work of self-trained artists plays a significant role in Croatian artistic history, and this brilliant exhibition is a journey in itself, where each image influences and informs the next. Nataša Jovičić is the creative mind behind this fabulous showcase.
Picelj: On the Other Side of the Oeuvre (December 1, 2023 - May 30, 2024)
Ivan Picelj was a hugely influential 20th-century painter and sculptor, but his work and impact weren’t confined to those mediums. The Okučani-born artist was a prodigious graphic designer who created many magnificent posters, highlighting the curious position posters play in art and society. Few forms are faced with the dual purpose of being visually striking while also conveying concrete information, but it was a form that Picelj perfected. As the name suggests, this is the lesser-known side of his oeuvre, but it is equally fabulous.