Zagreb Classic

Heavenly sounds under open skies

Zagreb Classic open air festival is truly an experience for all classical music lovers. First-class musicians from Croatia and all over the world will perform the best of classical music from 23 to 29 June for people from Zagreb and their guests on a unique stage under the stars on one of Zagreb’s most beautiful squares, King Tomislav Square.

The works of Croatian and international composers are performed for classical music lovers and those who are about to become one by the synergy of talents of artists who tried and tested on prestigious stages all over the world. But the one in Zagreb is, however, something special. Zagreb Classic open air is loved by many for the same reasons, though from different perspectives: because of the carefully selected program, beautiful ambience and that much important chemistry between the music, performers, audience and city atmosphere.

And one more thing: unlike the usual music halls, for this occasion you will wear sports or casual clothes and find your spot at free concerts on the lawn, sharing with others the experience of outstanding music in a truly special setting, overlooking the starry sky, beautiful flowers and the city lights. Because you are here – in the very center of the city, and yet, driven by music, you are so far away from everyday city life...

This year once again exceptional local and international musicians and ensembles will play and sing for you, all led by celebrated conductors. This year’s Zagreb Classic open air festival will feature violinists Anastasiya Petryshak and Francesco Manara, soprano Cristina Mosca, singer-songwriter Joyce Jonathan, Cameristi della Scala ensemble, Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, Croatian National Theater ensemble, soloists, orchestra and choir of the City Theater Komedija, Croatian Army Jazz Orchestra, conductors Marcello Rota, Paolo Spadaro Munitto, Dinko Appelt and Davor Dropuljić, composer and musician Tonči Huljić as well as musician Hana Huljić Grašo, singer and actor Adalbert Turner Juci and others.

A special evening will be dedicated to the extraordinary oeuvre and jubilees of composer Alfi Kabiljo, who has, with his artistic work and timeless musicals, marked the music scene and created pieces that delight generations of audience.

Zagreb Classic open air has been held since 2016, and among artists and music lovers it enjoys the cult status, further reinforced by this year’s edition.

Welcome!

Program

In case of bad weather, the programs will be canceled.

About artists

Anastasiya Petryshak
Anastasiya Petryshak

From the youngest age, her exquisite talent was recognized and she received several domestic and international awards as a child in her native Ukraine. At the age of just ten, she continued her education and professional training in Italy, and then, after completing all available levels of music education in the country, she moved to Switzerland for further training and specialization.

Due to her impressive music education, which enriched and upgraded her exceptional music talent, she was noticed from an early age by professional musicians and audience and she has, among others, won the award “European Personality in Classical Music”. She has been collaborating with the best musicians, and since the age of 15 with Andrea Bocelli, as a guest on many concerts in Italy and abroad. She has won many awards and recognitions and performed on the most famous stages in Europe as well as in the USA, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, South Africa, etc.

In front of the Zagreb audience, this famous violinist will perform with the opera of the Croatian National Theater led by the esteemed Italian conductor Paolo Spadaro Munitto.

Alfi Kabiljo – Zagreb City Theater Komedija
Alfi Kabiljo – Zagreb City Theater Komedija

Alfi Kabiljo, Croatian composer, conductor and music arranger, has composed music for numerous films and television series and is the author of many popular compositions and chansons for which he has received a large number of awards.

This exceptional author is known as the founder of the Zagreb school of musicals, which continues its brilliant work even today.

This year’s Zagreb Classic open air is an opportunity to give this exceptional author a well-deserved recognition on the occasion of his anniversaries, and to reward the Zagreb audience with beloved arias.

This year marks the great jubilees of maestro Kabiljo – the 60th anniversary of his artistic work, the 85th year of his life and the 50th anniversary of his legendary and timeless musical “Yalta, Yalta”, whose messages may never have been more current than today.

The Zagreb Classic audience will have the opportunity to listen to numerous soloists, the orchestra and choir of the City Theater Komedija, conducted by maestro Dinko Appelt, with which the artistic work of Alfi Kabiljo is inextricably linked.

Tonči Huljić & Hana Huljić Grašo
Tonči Huljić & Hana Huljić Grašo

Tonči Huljić is a Croatian composer, songwriter and music producer. He is known to the Croatian public primarily for his many pop hits, for which he has received numerous awards. But he also has a successful international career and is the author of some of the famous works of the Australian-British women’s violin quartet Bond. A lasting collaboration connects Tonči Huljić and the world-renowned pianist Maksim Mrvica. He was a number one on the official Billboard Classical Crossover chart with several of his compositions, staying on it for more than 150 weeks.

The capital work of composers Tonči Huljić and Hana Huljić titled “The Mediterranean Mass” is the first of its kind in the world, since it is a unique combination of spiritual and pop music. “The Mediterranean Mass” was created according to all the postulates of the liturgical mass and represents a unique combination of the musical genre and classical Christian rites.

“The Mediterranean Mass” premiered at the Split Summer Festival in 2021, and the performance at the Zagreb Classic open air will surely attract a large audience.

Joyce Jonathan
Joyce Jonathan

Joyce Jonathan is a young French singer-songwriter famous for her songs characterized by strong individuality and emotions.

From the age of seven, she has been playing the piano and alongside her music education (piano and singing), she started her songwriting work very early on, attracting the attention of the public. She released her first album, which went gold in less than half a year, and shortly afterwards platinum, in 2010 at the age of 21, and then released several more albums and singles marked by a unique artistic expression and individuality, which is why she is welcomed on numerous stages.

Joyce Jonathan’s concert at Zagreb Classic open air is scheduled as part of the French presidency of the European Union. It will be preceded by the award ceremony for the multilingual music video competition organized by the French Institute and its European cultural partners in Croatia.

Marcello Rota
Marcello Rota

Marcello Rota is an Italian conductor with an impressive career. He has conducted philharmonic orchestras around the world, performing on the most prestigious concert stages since 1995. Some of the most famous musicians, orchestras and classical music signers have performed under him. His opera repertoire includes more than 40 operas from the likes of Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti, Verdi and Puccini. He has worked with Andrea Bocelli on numerous world tours.

At Zagreb Classic, this world-renowned conductor will preside over a concert featuring the most beautiful film music, performed by soprano singer Cristina Mosca and the Zagreb Philharmonic.

Cristina Mosca
Cristina Mosca

The soprano Cristina Mosca, after earning her master’s degree from the Antonio Vivaldi Conservatory in Alessandria, took master classes held by many prominent musicians. She has sung in many opera houses and won awards in music competitions.

The audience of Zagreb Classic open air will hear her interpretation of the most beautiful film music. The music will be performed by the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, an orchestra of 150 years of tradition, conducted by Marcello Rota, who has performed on the most famous European and world stages.

Adalbert Turner Juci & Croatian Army Jazz Orchestra
Adalbert Turner Juci & Croatian Army Jazz Orchestra

Adalbert Turner Juci is an actor and singer. He has been a professional musician since 1992, first as a member of music bands, and in 1996 he began his solo career. As a soloist, he performed at many festivals. He collaborates with the City Theater Komedija in many musicals that have marked a large part of the theater’s repertoire.

At Zagreb Classic open air, Adalbert Turner Juci will perform popular songs by Frank Sinatra accompanied by the Croatian Army Jazz Orchestra led by the conductor Davor Dropuljić.

Cameristi della Scala & Francesco Manara
Cameristi della Scala & Francesco Manara

From Milan’s famous Scala comes the ensemble Cameristi della Scala, which has performed on the most famous stages in Italy, France, Germany, Spain, Poland, China, Russia, Argentina, Israel, the USA, etc. The ensemble has won numerous international awards. Zagreb audience will have the opportunity to listen to the concert that Cameristi della Scala first performed at the famous Carnegie Hall, where they delighted both the audience and the critics. The repertoire includes works by Italian composer Antonio Vivaldi and Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla.

They will be joined by a special guest, the world-renowned and respected Italian violinist Francesco Manara. He has won numerous distinguished music awards and is a welcomed guest on many stages in the world, now he set to add Zagreb to his list.

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