Cantus Ansambl

Homemade is the best – at the lastest concert by cantus ensemble

Prepare for a new musical surprise at the latest concert by Cantus Ensemble – an ensemble that consistently delivers the unexpected and fresh. On Monday, February 5, Cantus Ensemble and Ivan Josip Skender will welcome you at Lisinski Hall.

The programme features both the new and latest creations of the Croatian contemporary music scene (Bošnjak, Jakopović, Skender), and, on the other hand, works by three greats of Croatian music (Šulek, Devčić, Krešimir Šipuš) through which they have confirmed their presence on the international scene.

Cantus Ensemble regularly opens its doors to new composer voices and features their works in the programme. With good reason, as today, they are young talents, but tomorrow, they will be influential figures of our music scene. In the latest concert, Cantus Ensemble introduces not just one, but two such figures – Sara Jakopović and Danijela Bošnjak.

Sara began her musical journey at the Elly Bašić Music School, and today, she shares her own experiences there as part of the Composition Exercises course. Although she always thought she would become a pianist, she found an even stronger connection to composition. Repetitive Patterns is not only her first piece performed by Cantus Ensemble, making her very excited, but also her first premiere since graduating under the mentorship of Berislav Šipuš at the Music Academy in Zagreb.

Danijela began her studies at the Zagreb Music Academy, focusing on harpsichord under the mentorship of Pavao Mašić. Soon after, she added composition to her repertoire in the class led by Zlatko Tanodi. Just a few days ago, we heard the composition with which she graduated, Go Crystal Tears, performed by the Zagreb Philharmonic under the baton of Matija Fortuna. Now, Cantus Ensemble is premiering her latest achievement, The Silver Swan, and she is excitedly anticipating the performance.

Alongside Danijela and Sara, the concert programme will feature compositions by three long-established figures: Stjepan Šulek and his sonata Vox Gabrieli for trombone and piano (in celebration of the 110th anniversary of his birth), followed by Natko Devčić and Structures TraNsparentes for harp solo (for the same occasion), and Krešimir Šipuš with the composition Nonetto per opera Cent'uno for piano and ensemble (in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of his death). Through their performances, Cantus Ensemble will pay homage to these composers who, each in their own way, have significantly shaped our cultural milieu.

At the same time, this is also an opportunity to confirm the excellence of Cantus Ensemble members, which is why the concert is subtitled Solo – Tutti. In selected compositions, trombonist Mario Šincek, harpist Mirjana Krišković, and pianist Srebrenka Poljak will have solo performances. In the rendition of Ivan Josip Skender's Cinq croquis, clarinetist Danijel Martinović and cellist Jasen Chelfi will join pianist Srebrenka Poljak.

Students from the Elly Bašić Music School will attend the concert as part of the Behind the Scenes project, an initiative for audience engagement led by the Croatian Composers' Society.

“Homemade is the best”, say the members of Cantus Ensemble, inviting you to their new concert in this exciting and dynamic season, on Monday, February 5, at Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall, starting at 8:00 PM.

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Photo: Vedran Metelko

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Concert cycle Cantus Ansambl is supported by City of Zagreb and international activities by Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia.