A Finnish overture, Grieg's Piano Concerto in A minor and Stravinsky's Firebird on new wings.
Works by Sibelius and Saariaho mark the beginning of the end of this year's festival, performed by the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and led by Finnish conductor John Storgårds. Joachim Carr from Bergen is this year's soloist in Grieg's Piano Concerto in A minor.
After the interval awaits a grand performance, in which the award-winning Danish Dance Theatre presents choreographer Tim Rushton's Firebird. The music is Stravinsky as we know it, but the staging is contemporary, with pulsating video projections and cutting-edge scenery.
Through music, movement and striking visuals, it explores a doomed and enchanted world of chaos and order, exploitation and domination, victory and loss. A stage filled with turmoil, crafted physicality and fierce beauty rounds off the 2017 Festival.
'Magical dance imagery', according to the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten.
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
John Storgårds conductor
Joachim Carr piano
Danish Dance Theatre
Tim Rushton choreography
Johan Kølkjær set design
Martin Tulinius & Michael Bing video design
Åsa Gjersted costume design
Csongor Szabo dramaturgy
Jacob Bjerregaard lighting design
Maxim-Jo Bech McGosh, Luca Marazia, Alessandro Sousa Pereira, Stefanos Bizas, Emily Nicolaou, Lucia Pasquini, Joe George, Merete Hersvik, Jessica Lyall, Lukas Hartvig-Møller dancers
JEAN SIBELIUS (1865–1957)
KAIJA SAARIAHO (1952–)
EDVARD GRIEG (1847–1907)
Piano Concerto in A minor, op. 16
IGOR STRAVINSKY (1882–1971)
Norwegian Society of Composers 1917–2017
In celebration of 100 years!
Introduction in English by Annabel Guaita with Tim Rushton at 17:15 in the Grieghallen foyer.
Supported by the Oticon Foundation