Symphony orchestras head out on tour

Two of Norway’s most central orchestras, the Oslo and Bergen Philharmonic Orchestras have both left their home concert halls to entertain a wider audience abroad in the US and in Europe in March.

Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra - double basses (photo: Eirik Reitan)

March proves to be a banner month for classical music connoisseurs as two of Norway’s most central orchestras, the Oslo and Bergen Philharmonic Orchestras head out on tours on both sides of the Atlantic. Led by highly respected conductors André Previn and Andrew Litton respectively, and with such soloists as Anne-Sophie Mutter, Denyce Graves and Christoph Berner the stage is set for a string of memorable concerts with a varied repertoire that spans from Debussy, Strauss, Gershwin, Ravel, Tveitt, Mahler, and Shostakovich to Beethoven, Grieg and much more.

The Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra in the US

Under the leadership of conductor André Previn (above), the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra will tour major US concert halls from 6-12 March. With soloists Anne-Sophie Mutter and Denyce Graves, the orchestra will play two programmes, the first features Debussy’s Prélude á l’aprés-midi d’un faune, Previn’s own Violin Concerto and Strauss’ Alp Symphony, Op. 53 while the second programme includes Ravel’s Alborado del graciosco, Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F major as well as Ravel’s Shéhérazade and Daphnis et Cloë Suite no. 2.

The Oslo Philharmonic will perform at such major venues as Chicago’s Orchestra Hall, Kenndy Center in Washington DC, Carnegie Hall in New York (two performances), Philadelphia’s Verizon Hall and Ann Arbor’s Hill Auditorium. The concerts are key events in the Centenary Anniversary of Norwegian independence programme in the US. King Harald and Queen Sonja of Norway will be present at the orchestra’s concert in Washington DC. In addition to soloists Mutter on violin and mezzo-soprano Graves, Previn himself will also be the featured piano soloist in Ravel's Concerto.

European tour for the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra

The Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra is now set to play major concert halls in Europe with performances in Udine (Italy), Ljubljana, Zagreb, Rome, Vienna and Innsbruck from 7-15 March.

The featured programme for the Bergen Philharmonic’s European tour includes such works as Geirr Tveitt’s Excerpts from Suite No.1 ‘A Hundred Folk Tunes from Hardanger’, Gustav Mahler’s Rükert Lieder, Dmitri Shostakovich’ Symphony No. 10 in e-minor, op. 93, Harald Sæverud’s Canto Rivoltoso, op. 22a, No. 5, Rolf Wallin’s Act, Igor Stravinsky’s Violin Concerto in D, Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 in A.Major, op. 92 as well as Edvard Grieg’s famous Piano Concerto in a-minor, op. 16.

The Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra is conducted by Andrew Litton (above) and featured soloists include mezzo-soprano Marjana Lipovsek, pianist Christoph Berner and violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja.

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