Mahlers åttende - Avslutningskonsert og avskjed for Edward Gardner

Mahler’s EighthClosing concertand farewell to Edward Gardner

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Grieghallen, Griegsalen
1 h 30 min

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Ticket prices

  • Standard

    NOK 260/720/760
  • Under 30 years

    NOK 200
  • Senior citizen

    NOK 234/648/684
  • BT Fordel

    NOK 195/540/570

The 2024 Bergen International Festival closes with Mahler's tremendous 8th symphony.

The final concert at the 2024 Bergen International Festival will be conductor Edward Gardner’s farewell concert.

Edward Gardner has been Chief Conductor of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra since 2015 and will take over as Music Director of the Norwegian National Opera & Ballet in August 2024. His last concert in the role of Chief Conductor of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra will be during the Bergen International Festival, with the monumental Mahler's 8th Symphony in E-flat major on the programme.

Mahler's 8th is one of the greatest orchestral and choral works in the classical repertoire and is rarely performed. The work has been called the ‘Symphony of a Thousand’, and requires eight soloists and several choirs, in addition to the orchestra.

‘Try to imagine the whole universe beginning to ring and resound. There are no longer human voices, but planets and suns revolving.’ the composer said of his eighth symphony. When the work was premiered in 1910, with Mahler conducting, it broke all the rules and boundaries of what symphonies could and should be. 


Tuesday 4 June

18:30-19:00 in Spissen (foyer): Introduction with conductor Edward Gardner and Bernt Bauge, Bergen Philharmonic CEO. Doors to Grieghallen open 18:15.

Wednesday 5 June

17:00-17:30 in Spissen (foyer): Introduction with conductor Edward Gardner and Festival director Lars Petter Hagen. Doors to Grieghallen open 16:45


​Performed in German and Latin, titled in Norwegian.


  • Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra

  • Bergen Philharmonic Youth Orchestra

  • Edward Gardner conductor

  • Håkon Matti Skrede choir master

  • Elisabeth Teige soprano 1

  • Marita Sølberg soprano 2

  • Mari Eriksmoen soprano 3

  • Wiebke Lehmkuhl alt 1

  • Jess Dandy alt 2

  • David Butt Philip tenor

  • Yngve Søberg baritone

  • John Relyea bass

  • Georgia Boy Choir

  • Edvard Grieg Boys' Choir

  • Edvard Grieg Girls' Choir 

  • Edvard Grieg Choir

  • The Norwegian National Opera Chorus

  • Collegium Musicum Choir

  • Bergen Philharmonic Choir

A Co-Production between

Bergen International Festival and Musikkselskapet Harmonien

Music by

  • Mahler


Gustav Mahler (1860−1911)
Symphony No. 8 in E-flat major

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