Kvarner newsletter / no 27

Festival Kvarner in Opatija and Lovran
A harmony of classical music and the sea

On the 6th of April, Opatija will host the first concert of the new Festival Kvarner, which will bring together the beauty of classical music and Opatija's unique atmosphere. The concert will take place in one of Europe's most beautiful seaside concert halls – the Crystal Hall of the Hotel Kvarner.

The first classical music concert to be announced, which will take place on the 6th of April in the Crystal Hall of Opatija's Hotel Kvarner, will be a preview for the new Festival Kvarner. This festival of classical music will include a series of concerts in Opatija and Lovran, and should soon become a traditional event.

For those who are familiar with Opatija's rich history and tradition, it is not surprising that this town was chosen to host this high-class classical music event: at the beginning of the 20th century, Opatija was one of the most popular Austro-Hungarian health and holiday resorts of European nobility. The town's beauty used to enchant emperors and other members of high society, but also famous composers such as Puccini, Mahler, Lehar and Kalman. Classical music lovers now again have the chance to enjoy their music.

The new Festival Kvarner will be a harmony of classical music and the unique seaside environment. The first concert will take place on the 6th of April in one of Europe's most beautiful seaside concert halls – the Crystal Hall of the Hotel Kvarner – and will include famous works of the classical opus: Ludwig van Beethoven's Coriolan Overture and the Piano Concerto no. 3 in C minor op. 37, performed by the famous Austria pianist Christopher Hinterhuber, and the magnificent 4th Symphony by Johannes Brahms.

Equally attractive programme is scheduled for the 27th of June, when Rainer Honeck, Vienna Philharmonic's first violin, together with the Orchesterakademie Ossiach, will perform Ludwig van Beethoven's Violin Concerto in D major op.61. After that follows Franz Schubert's Symphony No. 7, "the Unfinished", one of the most mysterious and most famous works of the classical repertoire. The end of this musical evening is reserved for the Ma mère l’oye poetical suite by Maurice Ravel.

The festival continues in the autumn, more precisely on the 10th of October. The evening will start with the Hebrides Overture by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, followed by the Piano Concerto in A major by Robert Schumann performed by the pianist Gottlieb Wallisch. The 2010 concert season ends with Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 in A major op.92, "Apotheosis of the Dance".