provides concerts of amateur, youth orchestra, big bands in different venues in Slovenia. The concerts are carried out in concert halls, churches and in the open air.

Bands participate on EMARS Festival, concerts and other festivals all around Slovenia. Concerts are carefully prepared with the local organizers.

The tour enables its participants to fully feel the atmosphere of Slovenia and experience its beauty.

Tour 2018

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Groovin’ High Big Band

The Groovin’ High Big Band was formed in 1996 by Jochen Volle, jazz pianist and director of the public music school of Esslingen. Since then, the band has seen many generations of students come and go. Yet, many of today’s members have been with the band for quite some years. The Big Band consists of school-aged kids, students and teachers (some of whom are not playing their instrument of specialty.) with an age-spectrum ranging from 16 – 60. 

The Band’s repertoire includes the classics of the swing-age, as well as Latin, fusion and rock pieces, and at the same time is not compelled to stay in line with the Zeitgeist straying from the path of Jazz. Regular practice is accompanied by training courses and weekend sessions. 

Aside from providing the musical backdrop to public events and festivals in Esslingen am Neckar, the ensemble is often invited to perform throughout the region and beyond. Some of the highlights so far have been the concert with Wolle Kriwanek in the Esslingen Town hall in 1997, the performances at the State Garden Expo in Plochingen and Ostfildern, the concert in honor of George Gershwin’s 100th birthday with various soloists in 1998, participating in the grand finale at the 1999 & 2001 Nürtingen Jazz Days, the concert at the International Jazz Festival in Vienne (France) in 2000, as well as the invite to the 2001 Music School Expo in Bad Rappenau. 

In 2002 and 2004 the ensemble went on a concert trip to our sister city in Eger, Hungary. In May of 2007, the Groovin’ High Big Band was invited on behalf of our sister city to travel to Budapest for the European Youth Music Festival. On the occasion of the music school’s 60th anniversary, the Big Bang took part in the musical production of ‘One Touch of Venus’ by Kurt Weill and also went on a week-long concert trip to the island of Euboea in Greece. In 2012 the band was invited to the Festival Allegromosso, European Youth Music Festival in Emilia-Romana, Italy and in 2016 to the Festival in San Sebastian/Bilbao in Spain.


Concert venues
Thursday, 10 May 2018 at 20:00  Concert Health hall Terme Dobrna
Friday, 11 May 2018 at 19:00 Atrium of Velenje castle
Saturday, 12 May 2018 at 11:00 Plateau in front of the Postojna Cave

Raanana Youth Symphony (Israel)

The Raanana Youth Symphony (http://rmcenglish.weebly.com/youth-symphony-orchestra.html) is Israel’s leading conservatory orchestra – and the only full size symphonic orchestra. Many of our outstanding young musicians are prize-winners in competitions in Israel and abroad, and recipients of the prestigious AICF scholarships. The orchestra has performed across Israel including at the Mann Auditorium, as well as in Italy and France. Many members of the RYS hold section leader positions in the Young Israel Philharmonic and participate in the Perlman Program. Several members are members of the prestigious Verbier Festival Junior Orchestra. Many graduates of the orchestra are Outstanding Musicians in the IDF and go on to study in prestigious institutions such as the Barenboim-Said Academy in Berlin, and play in orchestras such as Barenboim’s East-West Divan.

The orchestra performs pieces from the classical canon repertoire. The emphasis being on schooling the young players in all aspects of orchestral playing: playing as a group, preparing individual parts and sectional work, professional rehearsal conduct and a meaningful artistic performance. The orchestra regularly hosts members of the Tomorrow’s Soloists Program at the Raanana Music Center for performances of concerto repertoire. 

The orchestra is lead by Prof. Guy Porat (http://www.poratguy.com/) and RMC faculty, holds weekly rehearsals and performs 4 different programs each year. The orchestra enjoys fruitful collaborations with various international conductors and has worked among others with: Jonathan Schiffman (USA/France), Dmitry Yablonsky (USA/Israel), Alexei Shatzki (Russia) and others. Over the years the RYS has performed repertoire from diverse epochs and styles, including, among others: Bach, Britten, Beethoven, Schubert, Dvorak, Bizet, Grieg’s Holberg Suite and many concertos – Mendelssohn Violin, Beethoven no. 2 & 3 Piano, Tchaikovsky Violin and more. 

Concert venues
Monday, 2 July 2018, at 20:00  Promenade of the Thermal Spa Dobrna
Tuesday, 3 July 2018, at 20:00 Kranj castle
Wednesday, 4 July 2018, at 20:00 Velenje castle
Thursday, 5 July 2018, at 20:00 Murska Sobota castle

Auckland Youth Orchestra (New Zealand)

Founded in 1948, Auckland Youth Orchestra is the premier regional youth orchestra in New Zealand and was the first youth orchestra established in the Southern Hemisphere, designed to bridge the gap between school orchestras and adult professional groups.

The role of AYO is not just to perform concerts but to train future musicians to feed into our national ensembles and orchestras. We also play an important audience development role as some of our members are likely to be future audience members and supporters of the arts.

AYO is a vibrant social experience for young people and makes an important contribution to the cultural life of Auckland and New Zealand. No other orchestral organisation or institution in New Zealand provides such a comprehensive programme to musicians up to the age of 26.


Concert venues
Wednesday, 15 August  2018, at 20:00 Promenade of the Thermal Spa Dobrna
Thursday, 16 August  2018, at 20:00 Murska Sobota castle

Tapiola Youth Symphony Orchestra (Finland)

Tapiola Youth Symphony Orchestra is made up of around 70 talented young music students from Espoo Music Institute, EMO. The orchestra has received much praise from critics both in Finland and abroad during concert tours, which have taken the orchestra to many European countries including France, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, Hungary, Italy, Ireland and Austria. In autumn 2014 they made a tour to China. The orchestra has made recordings for TV, radio and film, and has publishes five CDs to date.

The Espoo Music Institute first founded its own symphony orchestra in 1985 under the baton of Pekka Savijoki. Markus Lehtinen took over in 1993 and Jani Telaranta in 2005, since 2011 orchestra has been conducted by Jan Söderblom and since 2015 by Erkki Lasonpalo. The orchestra works on a project basis and prepares 3-4 programmes per year. The members of the orchestra take part in planning process. They become inspired by the shared goal – exploring music and it’s emotions together. The orchestra is an enthusiastic, youthful embodiment of the joy and pain of existence.

The foundation for the acclaimed ensemble and its distinctive sound is the step-by-step orchestra-training programme of the Espoo Music Institute, in which young musicians move up from one orchestra to the next as they become more advanced. By the time they reach the symphony orchestra, they are not only masters of their own instruments but are experienced ensemble musicians as well. A mutual job well done, even if it entails a lot of hard work, is a tremendous experience and generates a great sense of belonging together.

The orchestra’s home is the Tapiola Hall, located at the Espoo Cultural Centre. Throughout its history, the orchestra has works with Finland’s leading musicians, with soloists including Jorma Hynninen, Réka Szilvay, Matti Raekallio, Pietari Inkinen, Sakari Oramo, Hagai Shaham, Roi Ruottinen, Paavali Jumppanen etc. The orchestra has collaborated with Tapiola Sinfonietta, Jyväskylä Sinfonietta, appeared on Finnish TV broadcasts, recorded music for commercials, radio broadcasts, and the feature films Bad Luck Love, Aleksis Kivi, Abandoned Houses, Empty Yards and Storm.


Concert venues
Friday, 12 October 2018, at 19:30 Cultural Center Murska Sobota
Saturday, 13 October 2018, at 19:30 Cultural Center Velenje
Tuesday, 16 October 2018, at 19:30 Slovenian Philharmonic
“The whole concert tour was a great thing and experience for all of us! Many, many specially thanks to you!! We had such a comfortable and eventful journey during the 5 days in Slovenia!! You have looked after us as guests in such a lovely and professional kind!! Thank you very much for all!”
Fridolin Galatti, managger , Winterthurer JugendSinfonieOrchester Switzerland