Sax in the City

Sax in the City is an annual gala concert organized by the Sekvoja Cultural Society in Ljubljana.

Sax in the City

Sax in the City is an annual gala concert organized by the Sekvoja Cultural Society in Ljubljana.

In 2022, the Sekvoja Cultural Society is celebrating its 10th anniversary. The 3rd Sax in the City concert , will also be appropriately solemn. We want to perform it in one of the representative cultural institutions in Ljubljana and we will expand it to a full-day saxophone festival.
The core of the event will be the Saxophone Youth Orchestra SOS Junior, conducted by prof. Lev Pupis. As befits such an anniversary, the concert will be festively designed, and its red thread will be “I dance with my fingers”. The musicians will conjure up a festive and cheerful atmosphere with songs of various dance characters, from waltz, bolero, csardas, charleston, to the rhythms of Latin America and hip-hop, which will be further enriched by special domestic and foreign guests.
The saxophone festival will begin in the morning, when the youngest section, called SOSintro, will be presented. The group, led by Valeria Kučan, will perform in one of Ljubljana's homes for the elderly, bringing the saxophone closer to the elderly population and people who are no longer able to attend concerts.
The main part will undoubtedly be the evening concert of the Saxophone Youth Orchestra SOS Junior, which will also be danceful and colorful.
One of the goals of the society is to encourage Slovenian composers to write new compositions for saxophone orchestra, and so we will include a new work by Slovenian author of the younger generation at the upcoming 3rd Sax in the City concert.
To this end, we have opened a public competition to encourage young composers up to the age of 25 to write for this interesting musical ensemble. We have invited renowned Slovenian composers and pedagogues to the expert jury for the selection of the winning composition, which will be premiered at our jubilee concert.
Musical novelty at this event will also be contributed by our special foreign guest, world-renowned English jazz saxophonist and composer Julian Arguëlles, a professor at the University of Music in Graz, Austria.
At the concert we also want to give the opportunity to young talented soloists. We will audition and, with the help of an expert jury, select a young violinist who will have the opportunity to play Monti Csardas accompanied by a saxophone orchestra.
We intend to end the saxophone festival in one of Ljubljana's jazz bars, where the ZZOS section of the KD Sekvoja association, led by Jure Pukl, will take care of the music program. The guest of the evening will be Julian Arguëlles.


The second annual concert

but the first live, has taken place on July 11th 2021 in the hall of Slovenian Philharmonic in Ljubljana.

You can see the highlights here.

The purpose of the concert is to popularize the saxophone as an instrument suitable for performing various musical genres and to expand the rich offer of cultural programs in Slovenia. We will put Ljubljana on the European map of saxophone music and in the future we will organize a major event related to this instrument.

The premiere concert of youth saxophone orchestra SOS junor Sax in the city was conducted online due to the COVID-19. The recordings were made between October and December 2020. Despite the closure of social life our creativity did not dry up.

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