Podium festival
Classical music festival
Brijuni / Fažana
23 — 30 July 2017


Tuesday 25/07/17

9.00 PM
The Podium Festival is again inviting on it's stages a huge number of artists from different countries: Slovenia, Serbia, Austria, Poland, the Netherlands, Lithuania, Belarus and Croatia to this stage. Everyone in his or her own way, in a good mood, music, words or just with a bow will introduce you to the spell of classical music and convince you that you can not miss the upcoming concerts at the "Podium Week" in Fažana and on the Great Brijuni. Welcome!

Thursday 27/07/17

9:00 PM
Alan Holley — King Street

Béla Bartók — Romanian Folk Dances Sz.56
I.Bot tánc
IV.Bucsumi tánc
V.Román polka
Eve Duncan — Kyriotetes

Joseph-Maurice Ravel — String Quartet in F major
I.Très doux
II.Assez vif - Très rythmé
III.Très lent
IV.Vif et agité

Eve Duncan and Alan Holly, an Australian duo who will, with the use of moderns tehniques on two solo instruments, remind us of how we enjoyed at the Podium Festival last year, when our festival composer was Alan Holly. Holly will open the concert tonight. With the composition King Street we will walk to the second stage of the Podium Festival at Church of St. Damjan and Kuzma.

After dreary of Australia, Bartok's Romanian dances will follow, evergreen in classical frames. From the mixing palette for various instruments and compositions, we have chosen a combination of clarinet and guitar, which perfectly illustrate the simplicity of the melodic lines of Romanian folk music.

By the end we will reach the unavoidable standard of world stage festivals, the String Quartet in F major that will reveal the subtlety, richness and sharpness of Ravel's music.

Friday 28/07/17

7:00 PM
Johannes Kretz — Live Electronics

Giuseppe Tartini — Pastorale in A major B.A16
I. Grave
II. Largo
III. Presto

Johannes Kretz — Live Electronics

Johann Sebastian Bach — Partita in a minor BWV 1013
I. Allemande
II. Courante
III. Sarabande
IV. Bourrée anglaise

Johannes Kretz — Live Electronics

Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber — Passagalia "The Guardian Angel"
I. Passagalia
II. Adagio
III. Allegro
IV. Adagio

Johannes Kretz — Live Electronics
A comletely different concept of the concert without stage and without chairs, alternately in the contemporary and baroque sequences. The listeners will be able to walk on Koch's path of peace while mixing the sounds of music and nature. This ambience is permeated with the etheric of the island, linking the material and experience of music and visual art. During the concert we will meet Mahdieh Bayat , a visual artist who will, inspired by music and nature, create her art by painting. Walk with us at the Koch's path and enjoy the real beauty of this hidden island corner.

9.00 PM
Arvo Pärt — Spiegel im Spiegel

Charles Ives — Songs My Mother Taught Me

Johannes Kretz - Inselmusik
I. eine meeresschildkröte fangen
II. glockentanz

Claude Debussy - Sonata for Violin and Piano L. 140
I. Allegro vivo
II.Intermède: fantasque et léger
III.Finale: très animé

Frédéric Chopin - Ballade No.2 in F Major, op. 38
Andantino — Presto con fuoco

Charles Gounod — Repentir

Arvo Pärt — Fratres

The proximity of the sea, its depth, or the translucency, roundaboutness and secrecy, spontaneously leads to other states of spirit and mind. In the sea of compositions that inspired us to a look at our own depths and a quest for balance in everything around us, we will take you into musical meditation with Pärt's "Spiegel im Spiegel". We will start and finish the concert „Meditation and sea“ with Pärt's music, which is considered the most spiritual music of today. Though it is written in a modern minimalistic style, the character of his music is the simplicity that is the mirror of the composer's style of life and worldview, based on spiritual values and the pursuit of purity, truth and beauty.

The purest and most direct form of expression in music is singing, and the voice is the most natural instrument. Through the voice of performaning Ives and Gounod's compositions for mezzosopran and piano, meditation take on a more realistic form even though the boundaries between imagination and reality are very vague. In the compositions of this year's resident composer J. Kretz, Inselmusik, in a sophisticated modern expression, is the perfection of harmony through the aliquot series. The scale which is resulting natural series of tones, encourages us to quickly define disagree as harmony. Along with Debussy, the leading composer in the Impressionist style of Chopin, a representative of the most beautiful in love tunes of romanticism, the listener in his meditation is called to rediscover the most fundamental feelings for survival, falling in love, lust and imagination.

Saturday 29/07/17

8.30 PM
Oskar Nedbal — Valse triste
Poco andante

Robert Schumann — Märchenerzälungen op. 132
I. Lebhaft, nicht zu schnell
II. Lebhaft und sehr markirt
III. Ruhiges Tempo, mit zartem Ausdruck
IV. Lebhaft, sehr markirt

Ivana Lang — Perpetuum mobile op. 106

Richard Strauss — Piano Quartet in c minor, op. 13
I. Allegro
II. Scherzo. Presto
III. Andante
IV. Vivace
The concert is named after the book "Memories of the Old Austrians" by Paula Kupelwieser. Paul Kupelwieser was a great visionary, a very sensible man and a wealthy business-man who owned Brijuni during the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy. With the help of his friends, including Robert Koch, he rescued Brijuni from malaria and rebuilt them in a very comfortable place for life. Kupelwieser in his book with easy and simple style has told his story of life, how and why he decided to buy Brijuni.

How much Kupelwieser liked the Brijuni was shown by the fact that he built a family mausoleum where his wife Maria and son Karl are on an eternal rest.

The book mentions two artists who have stayed on the island and drawn inspiration from the exotic and delicate natural beauty of the environment.

Tonight, we will listnen to their music. They are oskar Nedbal and Richard Strauss

Sunday 30/07/17

8:30 PM
Margareta Ferak Petrić — Wild Rose

Antonín Dvořák - String Quartet No. 12 in F major, op. 96
I.Allegro ma non troppo
III.Molto vivace
IV.Finale. Vivace ma non troppo

Branko Okmaca — Wind trio
I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Presto
IV. Andante

Johannes Kretz — In(ter)dependence
I. Independence
II. Conflict
III. Destruction
IV. Migration
Va. Empathy
Vb. Dialog
VI. Harmony

The final concert of this year's Podium Festival puts us in front of the question of mutual dependence and independence. This question is actually imposed on us by this year's resident composer Johannes Kretz from Austria. He is a distinguished specialist and professor of the prestigious Vienna University who will introduce us to his world of modern music with the composition In(ter)dependence which would have a double meaning in the translation as a combination of words; interdependence and depencence. Movements of composition Independence, Conflict, Destruction, Migration, Empathy, Dialog and Harmony talk about people's dependence on each other, and on the other hand, their desire for independence and independence, a constant argument from different worlds that can not be together, but they cannot be one withouth the other. With his composition for saxophone quartet, live electronics and visuals, quartet will show unmatched art in his creativity and contemporary form.

Circled with the colors of the saxophone quartet we will have the chance and experience the Croatian young author who lives and works in Vienna. Her song Wilde Rose at the same time celebrates and destroys the tradition and re-examines the classical beauty. The four different colors of saxophones serve as a perfect basis for describing introverted longing and absurd impulses and building a whole that contains many different character traits.

The standard of the world classic stages at the same time as one of the most famous works of Dvořák's creation is certainly the "American Quartet". He was composing in his most respectable period of time in America from 1892 to 1895. At that time, besides the American Quartet, he also wrote his most famous IX Symphony, and these works are often called the "Magnificent Works of the American Period."

From romanticism period we will be returned by our local composer Branko Okmaca, a professor at the Pula Academy of Music. His "Woodwind Trio“ is intertwined with elements of innovation and tradition. The original Istrian melosque composition will leave us in an ethnical atmosphere.

Review by Johannes Kretz
In[ter]dependence for saxophone quartet, electronics and video (2017, world premiere commissioned by Podium Festival Brijuni) is a multilingual multimedia sound and space composition. Each saxophone „speaks“ a different musical language: the soprano saxophone speaks western Avantgarde, the alto saxophone some kind of oriental style, the tenor saxophone jazz and the baritone saxophone a rhythmical pattern language. Through the work different modes and relationships between these four idioms occur: first they act in complete independence, after getting closer conflicts emerge leading to a state of complete destruction. After a phase of searching and migration aspects of empathy and dialogue develop leading to a moment of „harmony“, where we realise that the different musical languages and motives can perfectly fit together and complement each other. This modes of interaction are also reflected in the „choreography“ of the musicians and the visual aspects of the piece. Based on paintings by Mahdieh Bayat, which were photographed during different moments of their genesis, the live video projections interact both, with the space of the performance – artistically shaped with additional interventions into the given room situation by Mahdieh Bayat – and with the different behaviours and interactions of the musicians.

Additional Program (Moments Musicaux)

Boat transfer schedule
Fažana - Brijuni
departure 6 PM, 7 PM, 8 PM
departure from Brijuni 7.30 PM, 9 PM, 11 PM
Fažana - Brijuni
departure 6 PM, 7 PM, 8 PM
departure from Brijuni 7.30 PM, 9 PM, 11 PM
Fažana - Brijuni
departure 6 PM, 7 PM, 8 PM
departure from Brijuni 7.30 PM, 9 PM, 11 PM

About us

PODIUM is a Festival of chamber music that has been flourishing for nine years in five countries – Germany, Austria, Norway, Spain, Iceland and in Croatia since 2015. It´s a modern, sophisticated scene that operates outside of conventional frameworks - a mobile network of people combining their visions in different parts of Europe. Podium stages welcome cultural innovation and give all sorts of enthusiasts of the arts – from music to design and organisation – a chance to perform and create together, given that the approach is original and creative. Out of this idea the desire grew to create a platform for the cooperation between the arts and their surrounding, since both need each other to create engaging cultural experience.
THE GOAL is to build bridges between tradition and innovation, to bring together well-known classical composers of the past with living practitioners, to combine the senses in order to feed both the eyes and ears. Visual animation and lighting as well as compelling stage design can enrich our musical experiences and change the relationship between stage artists and their audiences into a more intimate interaction.

PODIUM FESTIVAL BRIJUNI/FAŽANA, the 6th edition of the Podium Festival network, will take place on the island of Veliki Brijun and in the town of Fažana, both in Croatian Istria, between July 23rd and July 30th 2017. It will take the form of 6 concerts performed by the musicians from Slovenia, Serbia, Austria, Belarus, Netherland, Lithuania, Ethiopia and Croatia. The concerts will take place in the church of St. Cosmo and Damian in Fažana, in the church of St. Jermaine on Veliki Brijun, and in the garden of the “Školjka” Museum on Veliki Brijun. These special locations have been made available to the Festival thanks to our close cooperation with the National Park of Brijuni Islands and Fažana County.
OUR BUSSINES COOPERATION with Podiumfestivals has started in fall of 2014, primarily for music and presentation of artists from Croatia and Abroad. As part of the concert activities it is special emphasis on new music which includes performing and encourages composers to compose new works.



Where to buy tickets
Festival information point (V. cara Emina 10a, Fažana)

Brijuni concerts – Donation ticket 100 HRK
Fažana concerts – free entry

Ticket reservation available via e-mail
Tickets for all concerts can be bought in u Ul. Cara Emina V. 23 - 30. July 0-24.
On reception of Brijuni National Park in Fažana on day of the concert from 17:00h


Viktora cara Emina 10a, 52212,
Petra Horvat, 00385 98 681 106
Ana Horvat, 00385 98 781 621
Matija Potisk, 00386 / 40 454 528
Andrej Grilc, official photographs on all Podium content

Vinogradništvo Stanko Pesrl, Zvonko Rožmarić
Udruga Baština, Restoran KF, Gostionica Fasana, Stara konoba, Vina Cmrečnjak, Vinarija Tomšić, Rožica Art, Stanko Sokač,
Konoba Paesan, Restoran Plavi, Konoba Vasianium, Fish Food Antonio, Restoran Imperio Latino, Gelateria Leone
Art direction
Petra Horvat

Festival coordinator
Ana Horvat
Matija Potisk
Jernej Ferk
Nejc Šumah
Ivan Pal
Jurica Jurasić Kapun
Bruno Lapat
Tomislav Sokač
Eloise Beaudry

Set design, painting
Mahdied Bayat

Graphic and web design
Oliver Potočnik
Mihael Miklošić

Audio & visual production
Marin Kereša

Social Media
Sara Beriša
from Croatia with Love