|Partizanska cesta 12, SI-2000 Maribor|
|Phone||386 (0) 2 251 2215|
|Fax||386 (0) 2 252 5224|
|Karmina Šilec, Artistic Director|
|Phone||386 (0) 41 695 112|
|Minja Lednik, Organiser|
|Phone||386 (0) 31 652 662|
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- 19 February to 28 February 2017
A tour of the South African Republic by Carmina Slovenica at Brebners Concert Hall, Hugo Lambrecht Auditorium, Ken McKenzie, North West University, University of Pretoria in Bloemfontein, Cape Town, Potchefstroom, Pretoria, Winterton, South Africa programme
- 8 August 2016
Invocations, performed by Carmina Slovenica, at 22nd Choralies de Vaison-la-Romaine in Vaison-la-Romaine, France programme
- 7 August 2016
Invocations, performed by Carmina Slovenica, at 22nd Choralies de Vaison-la-Romaine at Cathedral in Saint-Paul-Trois-Chateaux, France programme
- 4 August 2016
Toxic Psalms, performed by Carmina Slovenica, at 22nd Choralies de Vaison-la-Romaine at Theatre Antique in Vaison-la-Romaine, France programme
- 20 May to 21 May 2016
Toxic Psalms, performed by Carmina Slovenica, at Operadagen Rotterdam at Rotterdamse Schouwburg in Rotterdam, Netherlands programme
- 3 October to 4 October 2015
A presentation of Choregie and Carmina Slovenica by Karmina Šilec at the Symposium on Singing and Song 2015 at D.F. Cook Recital Hall in St John's, Canada programme
- 22 May 2015
A video showcase of Carmina Slovenica's art concept choregie at Classical:NEXT 2015 at De Doelen - Van Beuningen Zaal in Rotterdam, Netherlands programme
- 20 March to 21 March 2015
When the mountain changed its clothing, a music theatre by Heiner Goebbels with Carmina Slovenica, at the Golden Mask Festival at Petr Fomenko Theatre in Moscow, Russia programme
- 8 January to 11 January 2015
Toxic Psalms, performed by Carmina Slovenica, at the festival Prototype: Opera/Theatre/Now, supported by the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia Washington, at St. Ann's Warehouse in New York, USA programme
- 23 October to 26 October 2014
When the mountain changed its clothing, a music theatre by Heiner Goebbels with Carmina Slovenica, at the Melbourne Festival at Arts Centre Melbourne in Melbourne, Australia programme
- 27 August to 28 August 2014
When the mountain changed its clothing, a music theatre by Heiner Goebbels with Carmina Slovenica, at Theaterfestival Basel at Kaserne Basel in Basel, Switzerland programme
- 27 March 2014
Tehelim, a concert of Jewish music by Carmina Slovenica, at Gorizia’s Snyagogue in Gorizia/Gorica, Italy programme
- 7 December 2013
The première of musical theatre Toxic Psalms: The Scent of Ancestors by Karmina Šilec with Carmina Slovenica at Radialsystem in Berlin, Germany programme
- 19 October 2013
When the mountain changed its clothing, a music theatre by Heiner Goebbels with Carmina Slovenica, at the International Festival Theatre Confrontations at Hala MTL in Lublin, Poland programme
- 25 June to 26 June 2013
When the mountain changed its clothing, a music theatre by Heiner Goebbels with Carmina Slovenica at the Holland Festival at Westergasfabriek, Zuiveringshal West in Amsterdam, Netherlands programme
- 21 June to 22 June 2013
When the mountain changed its clothing, a music theatre by Heiner Goebbels with Carmina Slovenica at the KunstFestSpiele at Orangery in Hannover, Germany programme
- 10 May to 11 May 2013
When the mountain changed its clothing, a music theatre by Heiner Goebbels with Carmina Slovenica at the Kunstenfestivaldesarts at Grand Theatre de la Ville de Luxembourg in Luxembourg, Luxembourg programme
- 4 May to 6 May 2013
When the mountain changed its clothing, a music theatre by Heiner Goebbels with Carmina Slovenica at the Kunstenfestivaldesarts at Halles de Schaerbeek in Brussels, Belgium programme
- 25 October to 27 October 2012
When the mountain changed its clothing, a music theatre by Heiner Goebbels with Carmina Slovenica at the Festival D'Automne at Théâtre de la Ville in Paris, France programme
- 12 October to 13 October 2012
When the mountain changed its clothing, a music theatre by Heiner Goebbels with Carmina Slovenica at the 2012 Steirischer Herbst Festival at Helmut-List-Halle in Graz, Austria programme
- 26 September to 29 September 2012
When the mountain changed its clothing, a music theatre by Heiner Goebbels with Carmina Slovenica at Jahrhunderthalle Bochum in Bochum, Germany programme
- 12 March 2012
Carmina Slovenica performs at Saint Petersburg Academic Philharmonia in St. Petersburg, Russia programme
- 11 September 2011
Carmina Slovenica performs in Plovdiv in Plovdiv, Bulgaria programme
- 7 September to 10 September 2011
Carmina Slovenica performs in Istanbul in Istanbul, Turkey programme
- 12 May to 16 May 2010
Carmina Slovenica at the Europäische Jugendchor Festival Basel in Basel, Switzerland programme
The predecessor of Carmina Slovenica is the Maribor Youth Choir, led by the legendary conductor Branko Rajšter (1930–1989). Active since 1964, it regularly toured around Europe and won numerous youth choir competitions abroad. The Maribor Youth Choir was awarded the BBC Radio Award and even received the Prešeren Foundation Award, being the first choir ever to be honoured this way.
Karmina Šilec became Rajšter's successor in 1989 and the choir continued its illustrious journey. It was renamed into Carmina Slovenica in 1997, when it was also formally registered as a cultural institute.
The main ensembles of CS are the Vocal Theatre Carmina Slovenica, the Carmina Slovenica Concert Choir, and the Ensemble ¡Kebataola!. The latter explores works from the 9th century alongside contemporary ones and often utilises chants, songs, and arrangements of various folk tunes. In a way characteristic for the work of Karmina Šilec (who leads all three ensembles), ¡Kebataola! integrates electronics, video, visual arts, and literature, juxtaposing contrasting elements from both ancient and contemporary musics.
CS's choral school activities feature two children choirs (both of which also transcend the boundaries of regular choir performing) and vocal soloists. In addition, CS also organises regular stand-alone workshops, seminars, and lectures. Other CS activities include the International Choregie Festival, the Attacca Festival, the Attaca concert cycle and residence programme, the CStudio exhibition ground, and a publishing programme (featuring almost 20 music releases, a number of DVDs of their performances and also a few books).
Though primarily a choir conductor and artistic director, Karmina Šilec has for many years been researching new artistic approaches that radically expand the established conception of "chorality". She has been developing these practices under the concept of Choregie.
Otherwise, she was also the conductor for the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra performance with the Carmina Slovenica and collaborated with the Slovene National Theatre Maribor Opera and Ballet Choir. For several years she was also a professor for choral conducting at the University of Maribor (Slovenia). As a jury member she has judged more than 50 competitions worldwide. She is also a member of several artistic committees and often invited to lecture on music and theatre. She is the director of the Vocal School Carmina Slovenica.
She has received more than 20 of the highest international awards and special recognitions, among them the award from the ITI – International Theatre Institute "Music Theatre Now" in the category Music beyond Opera, and the prestigious International Robert Edler Prize for Choral Music for her exceptional contribution to the world choir movement.
The word choregie is rooted in Ancient Greek, and the concept itself also draws from Greek tragedy and the role of the choir in it. Additionally, it implies the merging of the terms choir and choreography. It represents two fields – the artistic principle of vocal theatre stage projects and a specific method of working with ensembles, developed by Karmina Šilec. It should be noted that in many of her stage projects, she is also the stage director, set designer, and choreographer.
Carmina Slovenica Vocal Theatre
Being the central part of Karmina Šilec's work, this genre-blurring ensemble is involved in the most ambitious, complex, and persuasive stage projects of Carmina Slovenica. Its materials range from early music scripts and ritual chants to the latest avant-garde, all performed with a top notch vocal execution. It has received the Prešeren Award and many of the highest awards at international choral competitions.
Carmina Slovenica's recent stage productions include Fortuna Won't Be Fauvel's Match, Toxic Psalms, When the Mountain Changed its Clothing, Perspective East, Scivias, Vampirabile, Slovene Sounds, Adiemus, and From Immemorial Times. All of these award-winning productions were performed at many international festivals and broadcast by EBU and Eurovision.
Carmina Slovenica has performed on concert stages worldwide, from Tokyo Metropolitan Art Space, Grand St Petersburg Philharmonic Hall, Esplanade Singapore, Teresa Carreño Theatre Caracas, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, RadialSystem Berlin, San Francisco Symphony Hall to Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Jahrhuderthalle Bochum, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Space, Théâtre de la Ville Paris, and Auditorium Rome.
In addition, the choir has presented its programmes at important international music festivals such as the World Music Days, the World Symposium on Choral Music, the European Symposium on Choral Music (all three organised by the International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM)), the Eastern Festival in Moscow, the Dresdner Musikfestspiele, the Polyfollia, the America Cantat, the Choir Olympics, the Europa Cantat, the Prototype Festival in New York, Festival d'Automne á Paris, the KunstFestSpiele Herrenhausen, the Ruhrtriennale, the Lublin Theatre Confrontation Festival, the Melbourne Festival, and the International Festival Beijing.
Carmina Slovenica was also the first female ensemble, other than the choir of the Sistine Chapel, to sing at a ceremony of the Pope in St Peter's Basilica in the Vatican.
In 2016, the music theatre production When the Mountain Changed its Clothing, created in collaboration with Heiner Goebbels, was recognised as the Golden Mask Winner in the nomination "The Best Foreign Production Presented in Russia in 2015".
Some of the other victories include one for the most outstanding choir at the European Music Festival for Young People (BE), the Golden Gate International Children's and Youth Choral Festival (US), the Des Moines International Children's Choir Festival (US), the International Youth Choir Festival Kalundborg (DK) (where they received the maximum number of points), and the International Choral Kathaumixw (CA). They have been awarded a Ford Motor Conservation and Environmental Grant and the Silver Order of Service of Republic of Slovenia for "extraordinary contribution to the Slovenian and international music culture".
- Carmina Slovenica website
- Karmina Šilec's website
- Ensemble ¡Kebataola! website
- Carmina Slovenica on the Singers.com website