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26 May - 09 June 2021

Choral song from American pioneers

Inspired by the theme for the 2021 Bergen International Festival, the Bergen Cathedral Choir will present works by a number of American composers – all female and most of them active today.
Bergen Cathedral Choir. Photo: Tuva Åserud.
Bergen Cathedral Choir. Photo: Tuva Åserud.

Bergen Cathedral Choir is one of Norway’s leading amateur choirs and a powerhouse for church music in Western Norway. The choir is led by conductor and founder Kjetil Almenning, and celebrated its 10th year in 2019. In recent years, Bergen Cathedral Choir has fronted sing-a-long masses and had several concerts during the Festival.

The concert title Song of Smaller Creatures is from a work by Abbie Betinis, which consists of three short tone-poems for mixed a cappella chorus. Each is a character study on a small creature from the natural world, and you can hear the bee buzzing, the spider weaving its web and wings of the butterfly flapping. The choir will also be performing Courtney Bryan’s Dust to Dust, which is a part of her newly composed orchestral work Requiem.

Events planned for the 2021 Bergen International Festival will be launched throughout the autumn and winter. It is likely that plans for the 2021 Bergen International Festival will be affected by the pandemic. By launching performances and artists as they are confirmed, the Festival would like to draw attention to the work our wonderful artists do, while knowing that the final festival programme may look different. The festival will follow the health authorities’ orders and recommendations, and wants to create safe conditions and the least possible inconvenience to our audience. Therefore, ticket sales will not start until the spring.


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