25/08/2022 Juliana Széchenyi

The Kranjčan family and the Slovenian Youth Orchestra with conductor Živa Ploj Peršuh at the Ljubljana Festival

On stage at the Križany Križany in Ljubljana today will perform Slovenian Youth Orchestra under the baton Live Ploj Peršuh. As part of the Ljubljana Festival, the ensemble of young musicians will present music by the Kranjčan family of artists, and will also perform excerpts from Holst's suite The Planets and the composition Danzon No.2 by the Mexican composer Artur Marquez.

Slovenian Youth Orchestra under the artistic direction of its founder and conductor Live Ploj Peršuh has been bringing together talented young musicians between the ages of 12 and 22 since 2019. Among their most prominent performances is their participation in the International Orchestral Marathon of national youth orchestras from all over the world. They were also one of 14 orchestras to perform at the Glasgow Climate Conference, where they performed Anton Vivaldi's algorithmically altered Four Seasons.

The orchestra becomes a full member of the European Federation of National Youth Orchestras (EFNYO), which is high recognition for their work and achievements so far. EFNYO with 36 member orchestras, provides a platform for the exchange of expertise in music training, music performance, audience engagement, international mobility and intercultural dialogue between leading national and international youth orchestras in Europe, the orchestra said.

"This year we will be presenting a programme with the music and art-infused Krajnčan family. With parents Lojze and Romana being respected musicians who have been co-creating the Slovenian musical landscape for decades, it is extremely inspiring to follow the paths of their sons Kristijan and Žigan", she said at the announcement of the concert. Živa Ploj Peršuh.

The connecting link of the Kranjčan family is the author of all the arrangements, Lojze Kranjčan. Romana will perform four songs, including the "almost outdated" "Huda antljica". The elder son Kristijan, cellist and drummer, will play, among others, Lojze's arrangement of the Slovenian folk song Zeleni Jurij. The Kranjčan family's performance will be rounded off by dancer and vocalist Žigan and his brother Kristijan with a setting of Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No.3 in G major, combining jazz and classical music.