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MAY 10TH–13TH 2018


PROGRAM


Concerts: Thursday May 10th 12:30 Edvard Grieg stage concert I – Opening concert & reception Thursday May 10th 19:30 Edvard Grieg stage concert II Peer Gynt Hall concert III Church of the Cross concert IV Friday May 11th 19:30 Edvard Grieg stage concert V Peer Gynt Hall concert VI Church of the Cross concert VII Saturday May 12th 19:30 Edvard Grieg stage concert VIII Peer Gynt Hall concert IX Church of the Cross concert X Sunday May 13th 12:00 Edvard Grieg stage concert XI – Closing concert with worldpremiere

Grieg Hall - Edvard Grieg stage - Peer Gynt Hall


Workshops:

Lectures:

Friday May 11th 10:00–13:00 Saturday May 12th 10:00–13:00

Friday May 11th 14:00–15:00 Grieg Hall | Peer Gynt Hall David Ramael & Boho Strings

Venues: Grieg Hall | Edvard Grieg stage Grieg Hall | Peer Gynt Hall Grieg Hall | Klokkeklang Grieg Hall | Foyer Salvation Army – Frelsestemplet St. Jakob Church Grieg Academy | Gunnar Sævig sal Grieg Academy | Prøvesalen Church of the Cross

Design & print: Printex Trykkeri, Hamar – www.printex.no

Friday May 11th 15:00–18:00 Grieg Hall | Klokkeklang WFAO – Introduction to Orchestra Activities in Developing Countries Saturday May 12th 14:00–15:00 Grieg Hall | Peer Gynt Hall Ricardo Odriozola – Introduction on famous composers from Bergen


MAY 10TH–13TH 2018


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WELCOME


Welcome to the

11th European

Orchestra Festival! Playing together in an orchestra is a fantastic experience. When children, youth, students, adults and senior citizens come together to create music across ages and borders, it is even better. A great number of concerts and workshops, new meetings, social interaction and cultural discovery will happen these four days in Bergen. But the European Orchestra Festival is more than the sum of these parts. The festival is here to show the significance of amateur musicianship, and to make this great

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music available to a broader audience. Whether you are an experienced concertgoer, new to the world of orchestra music, or a participating musician yourself, I urge you to explore what the festival has to offer. Behind the music you will be hearing, there are thousands of hours of passionate and committed rehearsals. A festival like this would not be possible without collaboration and support. I sincerely thank all who have contributed to making this orchestra festival a reality. On behalf of the European Orchestra Federation (EOFed), The Norwegian Amateur Orchestra Association (NASOL) and The Norwegian Youth Orchestra Association (UNOF), I invite you all to parcipate in new discoveries and experiences at the European Orchestra Festival. Terje Winther Festival Director 5


It is a great pleasure to welcome you all to Bergen! Bergen is known as the city between the seven mountains and as the gateway to the magnificent fjords of Norway. The historic and vibrant city of Bergen is a part of the UNESCO World Heritage list and the UNESCO Creative Cities of Gastronomy. Bergen is also home to one of the leading European symphony orchestras, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, and the famous composers Ole Bull and Edvard Grieg.   

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On behalf of the city of Bergen I wish to thank the members of The European Orchestra Federation for choosing Bergen as host for the 11th European Orchestra Festival. It is great to see that over 1000 musicians from 20 orchestras will be participating in this year’s festival and that we have participants from many different countries. Through music we can express our emotions, moods, ideas and creativity in a way that language might not. When we collaborate around music, we learn to interact, help and to trust one another. And at the end we get to experience the magical feeling of applause, pride and the adrenaline rush after a well performed concert. I look forward to hearing and seeing you play in May and I wish you a pleasant stay in Bergen! Best regards Marte Mjøs Persen Mayor of Bergen 7


Dear musicians and concert-goers Welcome to Bergen! “Without music, life would be a mistake”, according to the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. We are here since we apprehend Nietzsche’s words literally. We continuously develop our personal skills as we care for the ensemble. We are aware of our limits and appreciate the others’ abilities. We cross borders and uphold our individuality. These are not contradictions but reflect what amateur music making is all about: to pursue personal pleasure and esteem the others and diversity. Dear colleagues and music-lovers, enjoy the 11th European Orchestra Festival! Enjoy the company of colleagues and friends from all over Europe! Enjoy Bergen, the harbour city open to the world!

Daniel A. Kellerhals

President of the European Orchestra Federation, EOFed

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Contents Festival-team....................................................................................11 Concerts May 10 th...........................................................................13 Concert I – opening concert................................................... 15 Bergen Philharmonic Youth Orchestra BFUng............ 16 Eov String Orchestra, Switzerland.................................. 17 Concert II...................................................................................... 19 Orchesterverein Oerlikon................................................ 21 Orchestra Lichtenstein-Werdenberg............................ 22 Domstad Jeugdorkest....................................................... 24 Concert III.................................................................................... 25 Stavanger Amatørsymfoniorkester................................. 27 OVUF - Orchestre de la Ville et l’Université de Fribourg............................................................................. 28 Concert IV.................................................................................... 29 Molde kulturskole’s string orchestra.............................. 30 Võru Music School String Orchestra.............................. 31 Vestre Aker and Bestum Chamber Orchestra.............. 33 Concerts May 11th............................................................................35 Lectures ....................................................................................... 36 Concert V..................................................................................... 37 DSO | The Drents Sympony Orchestra.......................... 38 NOR59.................................................................................... 41 ALSO | Alumni & Symphony ............................................. 42 Concert VI.................................................................................... 43 Vestre Aker Kammerkameratene.................................... 44 Yggdrasil Young Orchestra................................................ 45 Frank Martin Players........................................................... 46 Concert VII................................................................................... 47 The Oboe Tigers................................................................... 48 HavelSymphoniker – Orchester der Musikschule Havelland....................................................... 49 NOSUS | Nordstrand School and Youth Symphony Orchestra.............................................. 50

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Concerts May 12th...........................................................................51 Lectures ....................................................................................... 52 Concert VIII................................................................................. 53 Workshop | concert............................................................. 53 Concert IX.................................................................................... 57 Workshop | concert............................................................. 57 Concert X..................................................................................... 59 Workshop | concert............................................................. 59 USO | The University of Oslo Symphony Orchestra.... 62 Concert May 13th.............................................................................65 Concert XI – closing concert................................................. 67 “Primavera” ........................................................................... 71 TiFiCo...................................................................................... 72 Workshops.........................................................................................73 Workshop 1 – Young Musicians............................................. 74 Workshop 2 – Baroque............................................................ 76 Workshop 3 – Classical small.................................................. 78 Workshop 4 – Classical small.................................................. 80 Workshop 5 – Romantic symphony...................................... 81 Workshop 6 – Late-romantic large....................................... 82 Workshop 7 – Late-romantic large....................................... 83 Workshop 8 – Contemporary................................................. 84 Workshop 9 – Folk music........................................................ 85 Location..............................................................................................87 Grieg Hall...................................................................................... 88 Edvard Grieg stage.................................................................... 88 Peer Gynt Hall............................................................................. 89 Foyer.............................................................................................. 89 The Church of the Cross.......................................................... 89 Musicians from all over Europe...................................................92 EOFed............................................................................................ 92 UNOF ........................................................................................... 92 NASOL.......................................................................................... 92 Tram schedule ..................................................................................93 Airport–City Centre.................................................................. 94 City Centre–Airport.................................................................. 97 10


Festival-team Terje Winther, festival director Terje Winther is the director for the European Orchestra Festival, and is responsible for both the economical and the artistic aspects of the festival. Winther is a composer and conductor, and has been the manager of the Norwegian Youth Orchestra Association for the last 25 years. He also has fifteen years of experience from producing festivals, tours, and concerts. Terje is originally a pianist, and is performing on synthesizer both as a solo artist and in an electronic band. He is also an active composer with pencil and paper. HĂĽkon Samuelsen, communications manager HĂĽkon Samuelsen is the communications manager of the European Orchestra Festival, and is responsible for the festival programme, contact with media, and information to the participants and festival attendants. Samuelsen has been performing as a solo cellist over large parts of the world. He also has comprehensive experience from festival and project work, including international TV production and developing musical concepts 11


for the Universal Music Group. He currently works in the family company Galleri Hamar Sagbladfabrikk with some of the foremost contemporary artists in Norway. Samuelsen has a master’s degree from the Zßrich University of the Arts. Kjetil Fluge, producer Kjetil Fluge is the producer for the European Orchestra Festival, and will be responsible for logistics and for organizing the workshops and concerts. Fluge has worked as a music producer for TV 2, the main commercial TV station in Norway, as well as other private companies. He has extensive experience as a live cultural event producer, and has been the manager for artists such as Alexander Rybak and Christine Guldbrandsen. Kjetil has worked as a producer for a number of nationally recognized artists, and on a number of TV shows both for TV 2 and the public TV station NRK. Kjetil comes from a background as a performing musician, and plays cello and electric bass. 12


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CONCERT I

Concert I – opening concert Grieg Hall | Edvard Grieg stage | May 10th | 12:30 BFUng

Kjell Seim, conductor Johan Svendsen: Fest-Polonaise Op. 12 Torstein Aagaard-Nilsen: Furer

EOV string orchestra Martin Studer, conductor

Felix Mendelssohn: String Symphony No 10 in B minor Adagio – Allegro – Piu presto Jean Sibelius: Impromptu for string orchestra, Based on op. 5 Nos. 5 and 6 Edward Elgar: Serenade for String Orchestra, Op. 20 Allegro – Larghetto – Allegretto

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Bergen Philharmonic Youth Orchestra BFUng

BFUng has 112 members from all over Western Norway. The ambition is to be a flagship among youth symphony orchestras in Norway. The creation of BFUng is one of the most important initiatives of the 250th anniversary of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra in 2015. The orchestra grew out of the former Young Symphony. This new orchestra is a collaboration between the Grieg Academy, the University of Stavanger, and the Barratt Due Music Institute's department in Bergen. Chief conductor is Kjell Seim. In addition to Seim, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra's chief conductor Edward Gardner is conducting one project per season.

Kjell Seim, BFUng’s main conductor, is one of Norway's most prominent inspirators for young musicians. Seim graduated from the Norwegian Academy of Music in 1986. He has conducted all the Norwegian professional symphony orchestras and has been associated with the opera in Kristiansund since 1986, and since 1989 as artistic CEO. Seim has been the artistic director of several orchestras, and has established a number of orchestras and opera houses in the Nordic countries, Germany, Russia, China, South Africa and Ukraine. In 1997 he founded Young Symphony in Bergen, and he has devoted a lot of time to working with youths throughout his career. 16


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The EOV – the national association for amateur orchestras in Switzerland – is celebrating its 100th anniversary in. 2018. The organization has decided to set up a dedicated orchestra to represent Switzerland at the European Orchestra Festival. The EOV String Orchestra is an ad-hoc orchestra, formed by 28 enthusiastic and experienced orchestra musicians. The program has been prepared during several rehearsal workshops in Switzerland with conductor Martin Studer, who also conducts the Alumni Symphony Orchestra of Berne.

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EOV String Orchestra, Switzerland

Martin Studer, the conductor of the EOV String Orchestra, has a great reputation as a talent manager with outstanding enthusiasm and motivation. He has received numerous prizes for his work and has been involved in founding the Neues Zürcher Orchester, the Swiss Philharmonic Academy, ALSO, and the Swiss Music Festival.

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Orchesterverein Oerlikon

Günther Stückle, conductor Matthias Kofmehl, alphorn Madeleine Goerg-Günthardt, flute/piccolo

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Grieg Hall | Edvard Grieg stage | May 10th | 19:30

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Concert II

Jan Daetwyler: “Dialogue avec la nature” for orchestra, alphorn and flute/piccolo

OLW | Orchestra Lichtenstein-Werdenberg Stefan Susana, conductor Vanessa Klöpping, clarinet

W.A. Mozart: Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra in A major, K. 622. Allegro - Adagio – Rondo: Allegro

Domstad Jeugdorkest Mark Walter, conductor

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony nr 7, op 92, 2nd movement: Allegretto Edvard Grieg: Peer Gynt, suite 2 op. 55: Arabian dance Edward Elgar: Enigma Variations: Variation IX (Adagio), “Nimrod” Modest Mussorgsky: Pictures at an exhibition: The Great Gate of Kiev

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Violin maker service during the festival I am a professional violin maker trained both in Germany and Italy, and I will be present in the Grieg Hall to support you with your instrument. I can help you with: • adjustment with setup (bridge/soundpost/pegs etc • soundimprovement • change strings, tailpiece etc. For major repair works (as gluing cracks, bowre hairing ect.), I will receive you in my workshop close to the Grieg Hall, in Harald Hårfagresgt. 17. There will be a good choice of strings, bows, shoulder rests, chin rests etc. You are welcome to try old and new instruments (violin, viola, cello) in my workshop. Contact: Johanna Schmalscheidt, violinmaker Tel. +47 950 13 619 Mail: schmalscheidt@yahoo.de Workshop: Harald Hårfagresgt. 17, 5007 Bergen, Norway 20


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The Orchesterverein Oerlikon (OVOE) was founded in 1914 as the amateur orchestra of Zurich Oerlikon, Switzerland. Günther Stückle, the orchestra’s conductor since 2003, has lead the 40 dedicated musicians through a great variety of different musical eras – from baroque to classical, romantic to contemporary music. The members of this symphonic orchestra meet on a weekly basis to play exciting music, including lesser known and contemporary works. The OVOE often cooperates with professional soloists. It primarily performs in the greater Zurich area, and has also performed at the previoius European Orchestra Festivals in Tallinn, St. Petersburg, and Cremona.

CONCERT II

Orchesterverein Oerlikon

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Orchestra Lichtenstein-Werdenberg

The musicians in the Orchestra Lichtenstein-Werdenberg (OLW) come from four different countries: Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein and Switzerland. The OLW have weekly gatherings in Vaduz, Liechtenstein to practice for their three annual music projects. The oldest members, 14–18 years old, play in the Jeugdorkest. In 2017, the orchestra celebrated its 40-year anniversary. Stefan Susana has been the musical director and conductor of the OLW since 2008. Susana studied with Prof. Jorge Rotter and Prof. Dennis Russell Davies at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. He has conducted the Symphony Orchestra Vorarlberg, as well as the Camerata Angelica, the Vienna Academic Philharmonic, the University Orchestra Salzburg, the University Orchestra Innsbruck and the operetta stage Orchestra Balzers in Liechtenstein.

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Vanessa Klöpping is clarinetist in the Orchestra Liechtenstein-Werdenberg. She started her Bachelor studies at Vorarlberger Landes-konservatorium in autumn 2014, under Prof. Francesco Negrini. Vanessa Klöpping was selected at the competition “Making Music in Liechtenstein” and won the final in 2012 of the Swiss Youth Music Competition. In March 2015 she received a sponsorship award at the podium concerts in Vaduz.

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Domstad Jeugdorkest

The Domstad Youth Orchestra, founded in 1994, has around 170 members from Utrecht and around, divided into five orchestras. The DJO orchestras have obtained a prominent position within the Utrecht cultural field and perform about 15 times a year on various occasions. In the Jeugdorkest the oldest members play, 14–18 years old. This orchestra plays mainly works in their original setting and takes part in grand events, like the National Youth Symphony Orchestra Competition and, now for the 3rd time, in the European Orchestra Festival.

Mark Walter. Since November 2016 the orchestra has been lead by the young, talented and inspiring conductor Mark Walter. Walter lives in Utrecht, the Netherlands, and works as a choir and orchestra conductor, pianist, singer and accompanist. He studied piano with Sebastian Colombo, and conducting with Rob Vermeulen, at the Utrecht conservatory, where he graduated in 2016.

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CONCERT III

Concert III Grieg Hall | Peer Gynt Hall | May 10th | 19:30 SASO | Stavanger Amatørsymfoniorkester Anders Moberg, conductor

J.H. Roman: Sinfonia nr 16, D major Allegro - Larghetto - Allegro - Presto J. Haydn: Introduction from “The 7 last words of Christ” W.A. Mozart: Allegro from Serenade/Quintet, C minor, K 388 / 406 adapted for SASO by Anders Moberg

OVUF | Orchestre de la Ville et l’Université de Fribourg Alexandru Ianos, conductor Kirsti Lätsch, piano

Edvard Grieg: Praeludium 1st movement from the Holberg Suite op. 40 Johan Svendsen: Last year I was tending the goats, op. 31 (Old Norwegian Folksong) P.I. Tschaikovsky: Larghetto elegiaco 3rd movement from the Serenade for Strings in C, op. 48 Ernest Bloch: Pastorale and Rustic Dances 3rd movement from the Concerto Grosso No. 1

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Stavanger Amatørsymfoniorkester

Stavanger Amatørsymfoniorkester (Saso) was established in 1980 and consists of around 40 amateur musicians from the Stavanger region in Norway. The repertoire is versatile, with emphasis on classical orchestra literature, and the programs feature everything from symphonies to popular music. Saso performs approximately four concerts per year, often in collaboration with choirs or soloists. In addition, they play smaller concerts at institutions and nursing homes. Saso has also collaborated with orchestras outside our own region - in Kristiansand, Pecs (Hungary) and Linz (Austria). Anders Moberg, cellist in Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, was the conductor of the orchestra in the period 1991–2017. He will be conducting Saso in the European Orchestra Festival in Bergen.

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OVUF - Orchestre de la Ville et l’Université de Fribourg

The Orchestre de la Ville et l’Université de Fribourg (OVUF) is an ad hoc orchestra, especially formed for the European Orchestra Festival. Around 30 amateur musicians from various orchestras from Berne have joined to form a string orchestra with Alexandru Ianos as the chief conductor. After only four rehearsals, the orchestra will perform pieces from works for strings by Edvard Grieg, Tchaikovsky and Johan Svendsen as well as the third movement from Ernest Bloch’s Concerto Grosso No. 1 with Kirsti Lätsch as a soloist on the piano.

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Alexandru Ianos, was born in Rumania. In 1982, he moved to Germany and then to Switzerland, where he currently live. After graduating from the Music Academy in Bucharest he continued his studies first with Prof. Wolfgang Marschner in Freiburg, Germany, and then with Prof. Ricardo Odnoposoff in Stuttgart. He taught violin and chamber music at the “Pflügel-Stiftung” in Freiburg and has given master classes at the “German Spohr Academy” in Lahr as well as in Tarrega, Spain. He was a member of the award winning “Spohr Quartett”. Parallel to these activities, Alexander Janos studied orchestral conducting in Switzerland with Prof. Dr. Ewald Körner and later with Maestro Dmitrij Kitajenko. Thereafter he was for many seasons a regular guest conductor of the Ukranian National Symphony Orchestra in Kiev. He has appeared as guest conductor with many orchestras from the East and West, including the Radio Symphonie Orchestra of Kiev, the National Radio Orchestra of Bucharest, The Südwestdeutsche Philharmonic of Constance, The Middle Tennessee Symphony (USA), The Brünner Philharmonic and Slovak Sinfonietta in countless tours and televised performances throughout Spain, Germany, Rumania, Ukraine, Switzerland and the USA.


Molde Kulturskoles String Orchestra

Geir Heggdal, conductor

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The Church of the Cross | May 10th | 19:30

CONCERT IV

Concert IV

Gustav Øistensen Aaberg: Partita Petit (2010) Joseph Haydn: Allegro in G Kállai Kettós: Dances from Kaillai John Widger: Panpapers Claude-Michel Schönberg: Do you hear the people sing Lin-Manuel Miranda: Suite from Charlie and the Chocolate factory Lin-Manuel Miranda: How far I`ll go

Võru Music School String Orchestra Jan Randvere, conductor

Heino Eller: Kodumaine viis (Home Melody) Jaan Rääts: Allegro op.16 Veljo Tormis: Spring suite - I Moderato Comodo Tõnu Kõrvits: Kellä (Bells) Bedrich Smetana (arr. Peter Martin): Dance of the Comedians

Vestre Aker and Bestum Chamber orchestra Bodil Nilsson Sanders, conductor

Pehr Henrik Nordgren: Pelimannimuotokuvia (Portraits of Country Fiddlers), Op 26. Näpsyttäjä (The Plucker) -   4. Pelimannin elämänkappale (The Fiddler’s Favorite Tune)   Antonio Vivaldi: Violin concerto in G-major, RV 299 Allegro Assai Nils Aanerud, violin Peter Warlock: Capriol suite. Basse-Danse - Pavane - Tordion - Bransles Pieds-en-l’air - Mattachins 29


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Molde kulturskole’s string orchestra

Molde kulturskole’s string orchestra consists of 16 string-players aged 10-15 years, playing violin, viola, cello, and double bass. From time to time the orchestra expands with some of the older students to get support for concerts. The string teachers at Molde Cultural School have the musical responsibility for the orchestra, while the parenting group takes care of the social aspects. In 2017 they had the pleasure of visiting a friendship orchestra in Gernsbach, Germany. For the last two years, the orchestra has focused on music from movies and games, but are also performing works from the classical repertoire. 30


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Võru string orchestra was formed in 2000 Estonia. It includes students aged 12–19 and music school teachers. The repertoire consists of works from the Baroque to the contemporaries, in as many different genres and styles as possible.  They play small pieces of music and greater compositions, and often perform with choirs. The orchestra mostly performs in its home town and country, but music has also taken them to Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Hungary and Austria. The conductor of the orchestra is Jaan Randvere.

CONCERT IV

Võru Music School String Orchestra

Heino Eller (1887–1970) was one of the pioneers of contemporary Estonian music. His work forged an idiom fusing the classical and romantic traditions, modernism, and folk music. From 1920–1940, Eller was a faculty member at the Tartu Higher School of Music, laying the foundation for the Tartu composition school, which was influential in Estonian music from the first half of the 20th century. Veljo Tormis (1930–2017) is regarded one of the most important composers of the 20th century in Estonia. Internationally, his fame

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arises chiefly from his extensive body of choral music. The great majority of these pieces are based on traditional ancient Estonian runic singing, either textually, melodically, or merely stylistically. Tormis has famously said of his settings of traditional melodies and verse: “It is not I who makes use of folk music, it is folk music that makes use of me.” Jaan Rääts (1932*), a composer of neo-classicist orientation, brought a markedly anti-Romantic, active and playful style into Estonian music. His youthful and rhythmic Concerto for Chamber Orchestra from 1961 became a landmark achievement in Estonian new music. From 1957–1993, Rääts completed ten symphonies. He has also written 24 concertos for orchestra and soloists and two concertos for chamber orchestra, symphonic pieces and a lot of chamber music. His Toccata was an obligatory piece in Tchaikovsky competition in Moscow in 1970. Tõnu Kõrvits (1969*) is a rising star of Estonian contemporary music. Kõrvits’ sound world stands out as highly poetic, full of visionary fantasies. His music carries the listener along on hypnotic journeys through the landscapes of nature and folk tradition, human soul and subconscious. Calm but suggestive melodies in his works are integrated into a rich and refined spectrum of harmony and timbre. 32


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Vestre Aker and Bestum Chamber Orchestra is a chamber orchestra from the Western part of Oslo. The orchestra was founded fifteen years ago as an orchestra for the oldest students from Vestre Aker and Bestum String Orchestras. The 20 members are between 13 and 19 years old and the orchestra has a lot of activities in form of concerts, projects and tours. The chamber orchestra collaborates with other local institutions, and has an annual exchange program with the Schulorchester des Katharineums zu LĂźbeck in Germany. The orchestra is a part of Oslo School of music and arts. Bodil Nilsson Sanders is conducting the orchestra.

CONCERT IV

Vestre Aker and Bestum Chamber Orchestra

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MØLLER BIL BERGEN.

BILLEVERANDØR UNDER EUROPEAN ORCHESTRA FESTIVAL BERGEN 2018!

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Drotningsvik | Åsane | Kokstad | Minde | Nesttun


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CONCERTS

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Lectures Friday May 11th 14:00–15:00 Grieg Hall | Peer Gynt Hall David Ramael Presentation on projects with Boho Strings. Go beyond simple programming and try to reach out to different audiences.

Friday May 11th 15:00–18:00 Grieg Hall | Klokkeklang WFAO Introduction to Orchestra Activites in Developing Countries. The aim of the conference is to reflect firstly on the current state of orchestra activities in developing countries, to give insight of the problems they encounter. In the extension of this meetings, all representatives of orchestras or orchestra organisations will be given the opportunity to present their own orchestra-activities and to share experiences. Finally, future projects by WFAO-members will be presented.

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Concert V Grieg Hall | Edvard Grieg stage | May 11th | 19:30 DSO | The Drents Sympony Orchestra

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Max Bruch, Swedish Dances Dance I: Einleitung (langsam, 2/4).-sehr mäßig (3/4) in D minor Dance II: Ruhig bewegt. (3/4) in D major Dance III: Frisch, nicht zu schnell. (3/4) in D minor Dance IV: Langsam, nicht schleppend.-Ein wenig belebter. - Langsam, nicht schleppend. (3/4)in B-flat major Dance V: Ziemlich schnell. (3/4) in G minor Dance VI: Langsam, mit Ausdruck. (3/4) in E-flat major Dance VII: Lebhaft. (3/8)in B-flat major Dance VIII: Sehr mässig. (3/4) in F minor Dance IX: Lebhaft. (3/4)in F major Dance X: Frisch, nicht zu schnell. (3/4) in D major Dance XI: Sehr mässig. (3/4) in B minor Dance XII: Langsam, nicht schleppend. (3/4) in G major Dance XIII: Sehr mässig. (2/4) in A minor Dance XIV: Gehend, ruhig bewegt. (2/4) in A minor Dance XV: Sehr mässig. (3/4) in D minor

CONCERT V

Pieter Cox, conductor

NOR59

Thorn Magnus Reymert, conductor Antonio Vivaldi: from Four Seasons and violin-concertos with soloists. To be announced

ALSO | Alumni & Symphony Orchestra (Berne University) Martin Studer, conductor

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DSO |Â The Drents Symphony Orchestra

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The Drents Symfony Orchestra DSO started in 1958 as a chamber orchestra. Over the years the orchestra has grown into a full symphony orchestra of 50 enthusiastic musicians. Since September 2011, the orchestra has been led by Pieter Cox. The repertoire varies from contemporary Dutch compositions to works by great composers, opera, operetta, musical and choir accompaniment. The home of the Orchestra is Drenthe, a province in northern Netherlands. Concerts are given in various places in Drenthe and often the programs offer a stage for young soloists. In 2018 celebrates DSO the 60-year anniversary with a number of festive concerts.


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Pieter Cox, the conductor of the DSO, studied church organ, choir and orchestral conducting at the Brabants Conservatory in Tilburg, and orchestral conducting at the Royal Conservatory in Brussels. He made his professional debut in 1987 with Verdi's opera Falstaff at the Dartington Festival in South West England. As an orchestral conductor he has conducted the National Orchestra of Belgium, the Brabants Chamber Orchestra, the Netherlands String Ensemble, l'Orchestra Particolare, and the National Orchestra of Ukraine, among others. For 20 years he conducted the Tilburg Accompanying Orchestra. Pieter Cox has also been a lecturer in music education at the Factorium in Tilburg, at the Music Theater department at the Brabants Conservatorium and at the Musical department at the Center for the Arts in Eindhoven. 39


Cremona, 1734

Antonio Stradivari

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Turin 1838

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NOR59

NOR59 is a rapidly growing string instituteJoannes Franciscus Pressenda based in Oslo, Norway. Education in individual and ensemble playing to over 130 young students across five levels, as well as seminars and a summer music school. The senior orchestras of NOR59 are attending the European Orchestra Festival. NOR59 is renowned for the exceptional artistic achievements of its orchestras and students. The institute’s philosophy is that all children can play an instrument when the right environment for fulfillment is created through a deep understanding of a child’s individuality.  Thorn Magnus Reymert, NOR59’s artistic director, dedicates his life to music and brings a wealth of enthusiasm and energy to the institute. He holds a bachelor degree in instrumental pedagogy from the Norwegian Academy of Music, and a Master of Music from Fontys Conservatorium in the Netherlands.

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ALSO | Alumni & Symphony Orchestra (Berne University)

ALSO was founded in 2007, and is a cultural ambassador for Berne and its University. The orchestra has toured Germany, Austria, France, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, and Russia, and has cooperated with famous soloists such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Henri Sigfridsson, Hans Graf, Severin von Eckardstein, and Paul BaduraSkoda.

Martin Studer, the artist director and conductor of the ALSO, has a great reputation as a talent manager with outstanding enthusiasm and motivation. He has received numerous prizes for his work and has been involved in founding the Neues ZĂźrcher Orchester, the Swiss Philharmonic Academy, ALSO, and the Swiss Music Festival.

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Concert VI Grieg Hall | Peer Gynt Hall | May 11th | 19:30

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Antonio Vivaldi (arr. Edward Huws Jones): Four Seasons Birdsong - Summer Storms - Harvest Home Fireside - Spring Dance James Horner (arr. Larry Moore): My heart will go on from “Titanic” Richard Meyer: Curse of the Rosin Eating Zombies from Outer Space

CONCERT VI

Vestre Aker Kammerkameratene

Silje Katrine Gotaas, conductor

Yggdrasil Young Orchestra Magnar Heimdal, conductor

Bjørn Norvall Hoemsnes / Magnar Heimdal: Yggdrasil (Commissioned by Yggdrasil Young Orchestra august 2017) Edvard Grieg (Arr. Pejtsik / Vigh): Sailor’s Song Béla Bartók: Canon from Ten Pieces for Children

Frank Martin Players

Violetta Stoyanova, conductor Joaquín Turina: “La oracion del torero” Op. 34 Peter Hristoskov: “Motto Perpetuo” Frank Martin: String Quartett Nr. 1, ( II mov.) Pantcho Wladigueroff: Rhapsody “Vardar” Galina Vracheva, piano

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CONCERT VI

Vestre Aker Kammerkameratene

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Vestre Aker Kammerkameratene consists of 21 students from 10 to 15 years of age. The orchestra is a part of Vestre Aker strykeorkester, which is one of the largest string orchestras for children and youth in Norway. Most of the members of the orchestra live in Western region of Oslo and have played together since they started learning to play a string instrument. The orchestra is a part of Oslo School of music and arts. The conductor of Vestre Aker Kammerkammeratene is Silje Katrine Gotaas.


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CONCERT VI

Yggdrasil Young Orchestra

Yggdrasil Young Orchestra is an orchestra from Vestfold, Norway, with students aged 9–14 years on string instruments and piano. Some teachers and parents are also playing in the orchestra. Yggdrasil was founded in May 2017, joining together two already existing orchestras from the Horten and Færder Culture Schools, both conducted by violin teacher Magnar Heimdal. Yggdrasil is the name of the “world tree” in ancient Viking mythology. The name was chosen to reflect that the students playing in the orchestra come from all over the world, and play music from all continents of the world. At the European Orchestra Festival, there will be music from Norway and other countries.

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MAY 11TH

CONCERT VI

Frank Martin Players

Frank Martin Players is a youth string orchestra founded in 2014 by pianist and composer, Galina Vracheva. This project-orchestra is named after Swiss composer Frank Martin and is put together by “best-of-class” music students. Their focus and enthusiasm lies in contemporary compositions. Their latest project was a series of concerts in collaboration with their Swiss sponsors after Masterclass of the ‘Musikinsel Rheinau’.

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Concert VII Church of the Cross | May 11th | 19:30

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Marion Walker, conductor Ida Helene Imenes, Gard Fauchald, Gard Skogvoll Brostrøm, Konstanse Hagen, Maia Olea Nørsett, Ferdinand and Willy Haugen: Oboe Nara Nyvoll Walker: Cello Bodil Kvernenes Nørsett: Piano Signe Bach Waage: Soprano Phelan Nyvoll Walker: Violin

CONCERT VII

The Oboe Tigers

Trad: Alabama Trad: What shall We do with the Drunken Sailor Trad: Fransk Folkevise M. Walker: Hubba Bubba W.A. Mozart: Das Klinget so herrlich W.A. Mozart: Nattens Dronning A.Lloyd Webber: Utdrag fra Phantom of the opera A. Vivaldi: arr. M. Walker, Vivaldi double-double U. Johansson: arr. M. Walker Zorro

HavelSymphoniker – Orchester der Musikschule Havelland Raviv Herbst, conductor

J. Sibelius: Pelléas et Melisande parts I (At the Castle gate), II (Melisande), III (A spring in the park), V (Pastorale) and VII (Entr’acte) E. Grieg: Five lyric pieces for Orchestra: 3. “Notturno” 4. “French Serenade” 5. “Norwegian Dance”

NOSUS | Nordstrand school- and Youth Symphony Orchestra John Westbye, conductor

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CONCERT VII

The Oboe Tigers

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The Oboe Tigers is a pioneer project in Kristiansand to recruit and develop oboists and bassoonists from the age of 7, with Kristiansand Zoo as an inspiring collaborator. Beginners start on easy-blowing striped yellow-and-black Tiger Oboes and Tiger Bassoons. These instruments remind us that like the tiger, oboists and bassoonists are also endangered species. This project has inspired other Norwegian schools to use these oboes and bassoons and incr ase recruitment. The Oboe Tigers hope their appearance in this festival will show more people the benefits of these friendly instruments.


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The HavelSymphoniker was founded in 2012 by their musical director Raviv Herbst. The HavelSymphoniker is the only symphony orchestra in the Brandenburg district of Havelland and gives an attractive offer for dedicated instrumentalists. They conduct two project phases, giving four to six concerts a year. The orchestra play symphonic works, operas, operettas and the accompaniment of soloists. The repertoire ranges from classical music to film music and pop music. In 2014, the orchestra merged with the Symphony Orchestra Spandau (Berlin) to form the new orchestra HavelSymphoniker.

CONCERT VII

HavelSymphoniker – Orchester der Musikschule Havelland

Raviv Herbst is the director and founder of the HavelSymphoniker. He studied conducting and piano at the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music in Berlin. Herbst assisted Pierre Boulez, Daniel Barenboim and Michael Gielen at the Berlin State Opera and Michail Jurowski at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. In 2011 he attained his doctorate in musicology at the Free University of Berlin. Herbst founded Havelland Music and Art school where he also teaches piano. He regularly conducts different orchestras in the Berlin area.

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CONCERT VII

NOSUS | Nordstrand School and Youth Symphony Orchestra

NOSUS | Nordstrand School and Youth Symphony Orchestra is an orchestra based at Nordstrand school in Oslo, building upon more than 60 years of tradition. The youngest children start with individual lessons before joining the weekly orchestra rehearsals. At about 13 years of age they move on to the Youth orchestra. Here they may continue until graduating secondary school. The orchestra has groups of string and wind instruments. NOSUS is an broad-based, inclusive and social orchestra, without any minimum requirements for participating, but with ambitions of attaining a high musical level. In recent years, the orchestra has been invited to participate in several exciting concert projects with professional musicians from the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet. John Westbye is a violinist, viola player and conductor. He was for 20 years a member of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra under Mariss Jansons, and participated in concerts, over 20 tours, as well as several recordings. Westbye has been affiliated with NOSUS for 36 years as an instructor and conductor, and is a honorary member of the orchestra.

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Lectures Saturday May 12th 14:00–15:00 Grieg Hall | Peer Gynt Hall Ricardo Odriozola violinist, writer and teacher at the Grieg Academy in Bergen: Introduction on famous composers from Bergen, with a focus on composer Ketil Hvoslef who has written the orchestra piece “Primavèra” on commission from the orchestra festival.

Foto: Anna Julia Granberg (Blunderbuss)

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CONCERT VIII

Concert VIII Grieg Hall | Edvard Grieg stage | May 12th | 19:30 Workshop | concert Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 in E-Flat major (Romantic) 1. Bewegt, nicht zo schnell Martin Studer, conductor H. Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique, Op. 14 IV The Procession to the Stake V Dream of the Night of the Sabbath David Ramael, conductor Jessica Tortorice, concert master A. Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 in E minor Op. 95 From the New World IV Allegro con Fuoco Jüri-Ruut Kangur, conductor

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MAY 12TH

CONCERT VIII

David Ramael represents a new generation of entrepreneurial conductors, who try to give renewed relevance to classical music in today’s fragmented and internationalized society. He is the founder and artistic director of  Boho  Strings, a string orchestra known for building a more inclusive, compassionate and understanding society through music. Ramael is known for his genuine heartfelt musicianship, and for combining a clear artistic vision with a strong interest in social issues. He is a frequent guest in the major concert halls in Belgium, and he regularly conducts orchestras such as Vlaamse Sinfonietta, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège and the Belgian National Orchestra. Jessica Tortorice, the concertmaster, is a native of Southampton, NY, studied at the Juilliard School, the Royal College of Music in London, and the Aaron Copland School of Music. Now based in Belgium, she regularly performs with the orchestra of La Monnaie Opera and the Royal Liège Philharmonic. She is also a permanent member of the chamber string orchestra Boho Strings. She is a founding member of the string quartet boho4.

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CONCERT VIII

Jüri-Ruut Kangur studied orchestra, choir conducting and composition at the Estonian Academy of Music. He has conducted several choirs and orchestras in Estonia and since 1995 he has been the principal conductor of Estonian National Youth Symphony Orchestra and Tallinn University Symphony Orchestra. For several years he was general conductor of youth symphony orchestras at Estonian Song Celebration, conducting  the projectorchestra with more than 900 players. He was given Year Award of Music in 2007 and 2012 by Estonian Cultural Endowment and in 2015 Year Prize of Estonian Symphony Orchestras Association. Since 2009 he has been a board member of European Orchestra Federation, since 2010 president of Estonian Symphony Orchestras Association and since 2018 vice-president of International Federation of Eurochestries Festivals. He is at present manager of Pärnu International Music Festival and the Järvi Academy.

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Turin 1838

Joannes Franciscus Pressenda

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Concert IX Grieg Hall | Peer Gynt Hall | May 12th | 19:30 Workshop | concert

L.v. Beethoven: Symphony No. 8, op. 93 Allegro vivace e con brio Alexandru Ianos, conductor

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Johan Halvorsen: Suite ancienne, Op. 31 I Intrata , IV Sarabande, V Bourree Gerhard Drijvers, conductor

CONCERT IX

String orchestra music for young musicians Thorn Magnus Reymert, conductor

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CONCERT IX

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Gerhart Drijvers, conductor Originally a horn player, Gerhart Drijvers discovered a love for conducting. He holds several degrees in conducting, amongst others a Masters in orchestral conducting. Gerhart has permanent positions as conductor with the Fries Symphony Orchestra and as lecturer at the Bourdon School of Music. He is a regularly asked guest conductor and for instance conducted the Matthew Passion in his hometown in 2013, 2015 and 2017. He was also asked by Opera Classica Europe to conduct the ‘Classic meets Rock’ concert in Germany in 2016. Gerhart was a workshop leader in the 2012 (Tallinn, Estonia) and 2015 (Cremona, Italy) editions of the European Orchestra Festival.


Concert X Church of the Cross | May 12th | 19:30

Norwegian Folk music for string orchestra Jorun Marie Kvernberg, instructor

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Baroque music for string orchestra Mario Gioventu, conductor

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Workshop | concert

Fuglen: Trad. ( arr. J.M. Kvernberg) Korset vil jeg aldri svige: Trad. (arr. J.M. Kvernberg) Postmann-polka: Trad. (arr. J.M. Kvernberg) Solåsen: Trad. (arr. J. M. Kvernberg)

USO | The University of Oslo Symphony Orchestra Kjell Seim, conductor Christian Stene, clarinet

J. Halvorsen: Norwegian Rhapsody No. 1 in A major W. A. Mozart: Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622

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CONCERT X

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Mario Gioventù, born in 1955, studied flute, conducting and composition at Conservatorio “G. Verdi” in Milan and attended conductor’s courses with Franco Ferrara and Sergiu Celibidache. He performed with different orchestras and ensembles a large repertoire ranging from baroque music to jazz (collaboration with valued italian jazz players Gianluigi Trovesi, Gianni Coscia and others). For ten years he has conducted a string orchestra performing mainly baroque music for strings and voices: he is at present conductor of two polyfonic choirs. He has been teaching chamber music for 16 years in a public music school and helded an “Italian Baroque” workshop in Cremona for the “10th European Orchestra Festival 2015”.


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CONCERT X

Jorun Marie Kvernberg (1979) is a Norwegian contemporary folk musician, educator and composer. Her principal instruments are the violin and the Norwegian hardingfele, but she also used song and zither in her concerts. Kvernberg specialized in Norwegian folk music in her studies at the Norwegian Academy of Music 1999–2004. Kvergberg has performed with the award-winning ensembles Majorstuen and Tindra since 2000. She also works as a soloist and in a duo with Gabriel Fliflet. Kvernberg reveived the Norwegian Grammy (Spellemannsprisen) both in 2003 and in 2010, and TONO’s Edvard prize in 2005 for composing folk music.

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USO | The University of Oslo Symphony Orchestra

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CONCERT X

The University of Oslo Symphony Orchestra USO celebrated its 130th anniversary in 2017. The orchestra can be traced back to the 1830s. Since 1946 the orchestra has been

officially affiliated with the University of Oslo, with a duty to contribute regularly at academic events. The orchestra gives three to five major concerts per year, and includes up to 90 musicians. Kjell Seim is engaged as artistic leader. Kjell Seim is the conductor of the USO. He was the winner of the Nordic Conducting Competition in Stockholm in 1987, and the music director of Opera in Kristiansund since 1989. Seim has been a guest conductor with philharmonic and symphonic orchestras in Norway, the Norwegian State Opera and with orchestras throughout Scandinavia and in Germany.

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MAY 12TH

CONCERT X

Christian Stene is the Principal clarinetist of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. He is also Assistant Professor at the Grieg Academy in Bergen. Christian made his debut in Copenhagen in 2007 with the highest mark obtainable. He has been a soloist with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Norwegian National Opera Orchestra, Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, ARCO Chamber Orchestra, Royal Danish Academy of Music Orchestra, and the Nordic Youth Orchestra. Christian regularly appears as guest principal in various Scandinavian, European and Asian orchestras.

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Concert XI – closing concert Grieg Hall | Edvard Grieg stage | May 13th | 12:00 Ketil Hvoslef, Primavera WORLD PREMIERE Peter Szilvay, conductor (workshop contemporary)

USO | The University of Oslo Symphony Orchestra Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov– Scheherazade, Op. 35 Kjell Seim, conductor

TiFiCo

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John Powell: How to train your Dragon 2 – Dragon Racing Ernest Gold: Exodus – Main Theme James Horner: Avatar – Suite Nino Rota: La Strada – Suite John Williams: Jurassic Park – Theme

CONCERT XI

Christof Brunner, conductor

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CONCERT XI

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Peter Szilvay is a conductor of energy and charisma and a notable interpreter of new music, a significant amount of which he has premiered and recorded. After working as a professional viola player, Peter served as Assistant Conductor to Mariss Jansons at the Oslo Philharmonic and later held the same position at the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra. He has since conducted a string of illustrious ensembles including the St Petersburg Philharmonic, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and the Royal Danish Orchestra. In his native Norway, Peter has worked with the KORK (the Norwegian Radio Orchestra), the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, the Arctic and Bergen Philharmonic Orchestras and the Trondheim and Kristiansand Symphony Orchestras. He continues to enjoy a close relationship with the Oslo Philharmonic and the Stavanger Symphony Orchestras, and has conducted the Oslo, Trondheim, Bodø and Arctic Sinfoniettas and the BIT20 Ensemble in Bergen.


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CONCERT XI C: Tor Hoevik

Ketil Hvoslef is a composer from Bergen, Norway, born 1939. Hvoslef studied viola and organ at the Bergen Music Conservatory  (now a part of the Grieg Academy) graduating in 1962. He continued his studies in Stockholm with Karl-Birger Blomdahl and Ingvar Lidholm, then in London  with  Thomas Rajna  and  Henri Lazarof. He taught music theory at the Bergen Music Conservatory (1963–1979). Hvoslef had his debut as a composer in 1964 with the  Concertino for Piano and Orchestra. He has composed works for the stage, including the opera  Barabbas, and for orchestra, including the symphonic poem MiFi-Li. Hvoslef has also written a number of solo, double, and triple concertos, a concerto for saxophone quartet and orchestra as well as major orchestral works such as  Concertino for orchestra, Antigone and Il compleanno, written for the 250th anniversary of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. Key chamber music works in Hvoslef’s production includes works such as Kvartoni, Clarinet Quintet, Sextet for flute and percussion, Serenata perarchi and String Quartet No. III. His output also comprises a number of works for solo instruments including five major organ works as well as music for stage and TV productions. He is the son of composer Harald Sæverud.

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– commissioned work to the European Orchestra Festival by Ketil Hvoslef Composer’s description:

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When I got the commission from the European Orchestra Festival, “Primavera” became a natural choice for a title, because the work covered all three descriptions of the word: 1. I wrote Primavera during the spring of 2017, and the festival also happens in the springtime. 2. Because of this I had all the time young musicians in mind, especially when trying to make the orchestra-movement as fresh and rhythmical alive as possible. 3. While a youth orchestra is not a sports team, one can say it’s a junior team in an orchestral context!

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The Italian word primavera has 3 different meanings: 1. Spring 2. Youth 3. Junior team (in sport)

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TiFiCo

TiFiCo, a large symphonic orchestra, was founded in 1996 by former college students from Zurich. This full orchestra with over 90 musicians is mainly dedicated to the music of film and musicals. Its repertoire also includes traditional romantic works. The orchestra meets annually for two concert sessions. Additional engagements include orchestra competitions, soundtrack recordings, conducting masterclasses and even fashion shows.

MAY 13TH

CONCERT XI

The conductor of TiFiCo for 15 years, Christof Brunner, studied violin and conducting at the conservatories of Basle and Zurich. Music director and guest conductor with many orchestras, he has been a lecturer in orchestral conducting at the Zurich University of the Arts since 2007

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WORKSHOPS

MAY 11TH & 12TH – 10:00–13:00


Workshop 1  Young Musicians Where: Grieg Hall | Foyer When: May 11th and 12th: 10:00-13:00 Thorn Magnus Reymert, conductor Norman Fowler Leyden (1917–2014) was an American conductor, composer, arranger, and clarinetist. He co-wrote with Glenn Miller the theme “I Sustain the Wings” in 1943, which was used to introduce the World War II radio series. Modest Mussorgsky (1839–1881) – Hopak from the comedy-opera The Fair at Sorochynsk. Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844–1908) The Snow Maiden is an opera in four acts with a prologue by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, composed during 1880–1881. Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714–1788), the fifth child and second (surviving) son of J. S. Bach C. P. E. Bach was an influential composer working at a time of transition between his father's baroque style and the classical and romantic styles that followed it.

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About the Workshops

The European Orchestra Festival is organizing 9 different workshops for the festival musicians. Each workshop will focus on a particular musical era and will be led by professional conductors and instructors. Beginning with rehearsals on May 11th and 12th, the results of each workshop will be performed on one of the concerts on May 12th and May 13th.

Participants also from the orchestras

Collegium musicum der Technischen Universität Chemntiz e.V. Dellbruecker Symphoniker Hamburger Juristenorchester Kammerorchester ohne Dirigenten Dresden e.V. Wandsbeker Sinfonie Orchester, Hamburg Otto-Sinfoniker Tromsø Byorkester Volda symfoniorkester Orchester Liestal Orchesterverein Arlesheim 75




Workshop 2 Baroque

Where: Salvation Army - Frelsestemplet When: May 11th and 12th: 10:00-13:00 Giovanni Gabrieli - Canzon prima “La Spiritata” Evaristo Felice Dall'Abaco - Concerto in G minor. op.2 n.5 Antonio Vivaldi - Sinfonia in B minor. “Al Santo Sepolcro” RV169 Mario Gioventu, conductor Gabrieli's Canzon “La Spiritata” was published in a 1608 anthology of Venetian music, though a keyboard version of his piece exists from as early as 1593. It achieved the epithet “the spirited,” despite its unique character as the only Gabrieli canzona in this collection written in a minor key. Right from the opening measures, however, the composer tinges its minor key with positive highlights by a sprightly, more ebullient rhythm the usual canzona dactyls. Though the opening motive is subject to strict paired imitation, the counterpoint remains generally simple throughout the piece, in the spirit of the French chansons then popular in Venice. 76


Evaristo Felice dall'Abaco (1675, Verona, Italy – 1742, Munich, Bavaria) was an Italiancomposer and cellist. Dall'Abaco was born in Verona, the son of renowned guitarist Damiano dall'Abaco. His father, after seeing his son's musical talent in school, let him take on violin and cello lessons. He is thought to be Torelli's pupil from whom he would have learned violin and cello. He launched his musical career as a violinist with Tommaso Antonio Vitali in Modena, and in 1704 he joined the court of Maximilian II Emanuel, Elector of Bavaria as Kammermusiker. Dall'Abaco was only a few months in Munich, when he was forced to flee with the court to Brussels, following Maximilian's defeat at the Battle of Blenheim. On Maximilian's restoration and return to Munich, in 1715, dall'Abaco was appointed Concert-meister. He continued to compose chamber music at the French and Dutch courts until 1740 when he retired. Antonio Vivaldi's Sinfonia al Santo Sepolcro in B minor, RV 169, is one of two pieces he composed bearing the subtitle “al Santo Sepolcro,” the other being a Sonata in E flat major, RV 130. Both works are scored for two violins, viola, and continuo, although it is generally accepted that the Sinfonia may be played by either orchestral or chamber forces. There are many chapels in Italy that are called “al Santo Sepolcro” (of the Holy Sepulchre), but given the provenance of the undated Vivaldi manuscript in Turin, it may have been written for a chapel incorporated as part of the Sacro Monte complex in nearby Varallo, Italy.

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Workshop 3 Classical small

Where: Grieg Academy | Gunnar Sævig sal When: May 11th and 12th: 10:00-13:00 Gerhard Drijvers, conductor Johan Halvorsen – I Intrata, IV Sarabanda, V Bourree from Suite ancienne Op 31a. Johan Halvorsen was born in Drammen, Norway, in 1865. He was an accomplished violinist from a very early age and became a prominent figure in Norwegian musical life. He received his musical education in Kristiania (now Oslo) and Stockholm, and was a concertmaster in Bergen before joining the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. He was a concertmaster in Aberdeen, Scotland, then a professor of music in Helsinki, and finally became a student once again, in St. Petersburg, Leipzig (with Adolph Brodsky), Berlin (with Adolf Becker) and Liège (with César Thomson).

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Returning to Norway in 1893, he worked as conductor of the theatre orchestra at Den Nationale Scene in Bergen and of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. He became concertmaster of the Bergen Philharmonic in 1885, and principal conductor in 1893. In 1899 he was appointed conductor of the orchestra at the newly opened National Theatre in Kristiania, a position he held for 30 years until his retirement in 1929. As well as theatre music, Halvorsen conducted performances of over 30 operas and also wrote the incidental music for more than 30 plays. Following his retirement from the theatre he finally had time to concentrate on the composition of his three symphonies and two well-known Norwegian rhapsodies. Halvorsen's compositions were a development of the national romantic tradition exemplified by Edvard Grieg though written in a distinctive style marked by innovative orchestration. 79


 Workshop 4 Classical small Where: Church of the Cross When: May 11th and 12th: 10:00-13:00 Alexandru Ianos, conductor L.v.Beethoven, Symphony No. 8 – Allegro vivace e con brio This work was begun in the summer of 1812, immediately after the completion of the Seventh Symphony. At the time Beethoven was 41 years old. As Antony Hopkins has noted, the cheerful mood of the work betrays nothing of the grossly unpleasant events that were taking place in Beethoven's life at the time, which involved his interference in his brother Johann's love life. The work took Beethoven only four months to complete, and is, unlike many of his works, without dedication. The premiere took place on 27 February 1814, at a concert in the Redoutensaal, Vienna, at which the Seventh Symphony (which had been premiered two months earlier) was also played. Beethoven was growing increasingly deaf at the time, but nevertheless led the premiere. Reportedly, “the orchestra largely ignored his ungainly gestures and followed the principal violinist instead.”

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Workshop 5 Romantic symphony Where: Grieg Hall | Edvard Grieg stage When: May 11th and 12th: 10:00-13:00 Martin Studer, conductor Anton Bruckner, Symphony No. 4 in E-Flat major (Romantic) 1. Bewegt, nicht zo schnell Anton Bruckner's Symphony No. 4 in E-flat major is one of the composer's most popular works. It was written in 1874 and was dedicated to Prince Konstantin of HohenloheSchillingsfürst. The Symphony waspremiered in 1881 by Hans Richter in Vienna to great acclaim. The symphony's nickname of Romantic was used by the composer himself. This was at the height of the Romantic movement in the arts as depicted, among others, in the operas Lohengrin and Siegfried of Richard Wagner. Evidence suggests that Bruckner had a program in mind for the Fourth Symphony. In a letter to conductor Hermann Levi of 8 December 1884, Bruckner wrote: “In the first movement after a full night's sleep the day is announced by the horn, 2nd movement song, 3rd movement hunting trio, musical entertainment of the hunters in the wood. There is a similar passage in a letter from the composer to Paul Heyse of 22 December 1890: In the first movement of the “Romantic” Fourth Symphony the intention is to depict the horn that proclaims the day from the town hall! Then life goes on; in the Gesangsperiode [the second subject] the theme is the song of the great tit [a bird] Zizipe. 81


Workshop 6 Late-romantic large Where: Grieg Hall | Klokkeklang When: May 11th and 12th: 10:00-13:00 H. Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique, Op. 14 IV The Procession to the Stake, V Dream of the Night of the Sabbath David Ramael, conductor Jessica Tortorice, concertmaster Berlioz’s sumphony is a piece of program music that tells the story of an artist who has poisoned himself with opium in despair because of hopeless, unrequited love. Berlioz provided his own preface and program notes for each movement of the work. They exist in two principal versions – one from 1845 in the first score of the work and the second from 1855. From the revised preface and notes, it can be seen how Berlioz, later in his life, downplayed the programmatic aspect of the work. From Berlioz’s program notes in 1845: IV The Procession to the Stake Convinced that his love is spurned, the artist poisons himself with opium. The dose of narcotic, while too weak to cause his death, plunges him into a heavy sleep accompanied by the strangest of visions. He dreams that he has killed his beloved, that he is condemned, led to the scaffold and is witnessing his own execution. V Dream of the Night of the Sabbath He sees himself at a witches' sabbath, in the midst of a hideous gathering of shades, sorcerers and monsters of every kind who have come together for his funeral. 82


Workshop 7  Late-romantic large Where: Grieg Academy | Prøvesalen When: May 11th and 12th: 10:00-13:00 A. Dvorak: Symphony in E minor (No.5, Op. 95) – From the New World IV Allegro con Fuoco Jüri-Ruut Kangur, conductor The Symphony No. 9 in E minor, “From the New World”, Op. 95, B. 178, popularly known as the New World Symphony, was composed by Antonín Dvořák in 1893 while he was the director of the National Conservatory of Music of America from 1892 to 1895. It is by far his most popular symphony, and one of the most popular of all symphonies. The symphony was commissioned by the New York Philharmonic, and premiered on December 16, 1893, at Carnegie Hall conducted by Anton Seidl. A day earlier, in an article published in the New York Herald on December 15, 1893, Dvořák further explained how Native American music had been an influence on this symphony: I have not actually used any of the [Native American] melodies. I have simply written original themes embodying the peculiarities of the Indian music, and, using these themes as subjects, have developed them with all the resources of modern rhythms, counterpoint, and orchestral color’.

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Workshop 8 Contemporary Where: Grieg Hall | Peer Gynt Hall When: May 11th and 12th: 10:00-13:00 Contemporary Ketil Hvoslef: “Primavera” (2017) Peter Szilvay, conductor

C: Tor Hoevik

Ketil Hvoslef is a composer from Bergen, Norway, born 1939. Hvoslef studied viola and organ at the Bergen Music Conservatory  (now a part of Grieg Academy) graduating in 1962. He continued his studies in  Stockholm  with  Karl-Birger Blomdahl  and  Ingvar Lidholm, then in  London with Thomas Rajna and Henri Lazarof. He taught music theory at the Bergen Music Conservatory (1963–1979). Hvoslef had his debut as a composer in 1964 with the  Concertino for Piano and Orchestra. He has composed works for the stage including the opera Barabbas, for orchestra including the symphonic poem Mi-Fi-Li. Hvoslef has also written a number of solo, double, and triple concertos, a concerto for saxophone quartet and orchestra as well as major orchestral works such as  Concertino  for orchestra,  Antigone  and  Il compleanno, written for the 250th anniversary of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. Key chamber music works in Hvoslef’s production includes works such as Kvartoni, Clarinet Quintet, Sextet for flute and percussion, Serenata perarchi and String Quartet No. III. His output also comprises a number of works for solo instruments including five major organ works as well as music for stage and TV productions. He is the son of composer Harald Sæverud.

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Workshop 9 Folk music Where: St. Jacob’s Church When: May 11th and 12th: 10:00-13:00 Norwegian traditional music originally served important functions both in everyday life and in festivities. Here we find both dance music, lullabies, work songs, bridal marches, funeral songs, animal calls and others. In vocal music there is also a tradition of musical storytelling in the form of ballade. Religious folk tunes is also an important part of Norwegian traditional song. Song, Hardanger fiddle and violin are the most common traditional instruments. In Norway today, there is still a strong awareness of traditions and dialects in the folk music community. Performers are concerned with preserving the unique musical characteristics of their region or home community. This could be expressed through a particular rythm or tonality, a certain way of embellishing the music, or certain unique traditional tunes. Melodies can have travelled from one community to another, and have acquired certain unique quirks as it has been adapted to the local style. In Norway as in other countries, traditional music has been an important inspiration for classical composers. In this workshop, folk musician and composer Jorun Marie Kvernberg has arranged four traditional melodies from her home region for string orchestra. She will concentrate on working with the stylistic elements that make the performance sound idiomatic.

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Cremona, 1672

Francesco Rugeri

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Cremona, 1700 ‘Baron Knoop’

Vincenzo Rugeri

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Grieg Hall Grieg Hall is the main concert venue in Bergen, named after the composer Edvard Grieg. This iconic building is the home venue of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and host to a variety of cultural activities. Grieg Hall is the hub of the European Orchestra Festival. The festival uses two different concert halls in the Grieghall: Edvard Grieg stage and Peer Gynt Hall.

Edvard Grieg stage Edvard Grieg Stage, the main stage, boasts some of the finest acoustics in Norway, as well as being Bergen’s largest and best appointed hall. It seats an audience of 1600.

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Peer Gynt Hall Peer Gynt Hall is a large performance location with 550 seats.

Foyer - Welcome ceremony - Festival stands - Festival Information

The Church of the Cross The Church of the Cross is a special parish church in the centre of the city of Bergen, originally constructed in the 12th century. The church was one of the few churches in Norway possessing a relic of the True Cross, hence its name. It is built in stone and has 600 seats.

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Cremona, 1700 ‘Baron Knoop’

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VOLUNTEERS/HISTORY


Musicians from all 

over Europe

EOFed

The European Orchestra Festival has been organized every 3rd year, under the auspices of the European Orchestra Federation (EOFed). In 2018, Norway is hosting the festival for the first time. Throughout four days in May, 20 orchestras from all over Europe are coming to Bergen. Our mission is to create an arena where every single musician, the audience and the community will be encouraged by music, workshops and concerts. With young people as active participants, the European Orchestra Festival will be the most important event in Europe this year for non-professional orchestras. About the organizers of the festival:

UNOF de unges orkesterforbund

The Norwegian Youth Orchestra Association (UNOF) organizes around 5000 young musicians in more than 170 orchestras for musicians and youths, from small violin and woodwind groups, through different chamber groups, to several full sized orchestras.

NASOL

The Norwegian Amateur Orchestra Association (NASOL) organizes around 2200 musicians in 58 orchestras in different parts of Norway. Among them, you find small chamber orchestras with 10-15 members, up to several full sized symphony orchestras with more than 80 members. 92


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Our partners:

European Orchestra Festival Bergen 2018 *program*  

Official program for the 11th European Orchestra Festival in Bergen, May 10th - May 13th 2018. All concerts are free to attend !

European Orchestra Festival Bergen 2018 *program*  

Official program for the 11th European Orchestra Festival in Bergen, May 10th - May 13th 2018. All concerts are free to attend !

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