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Mogens Dahl Chamber Choir

with Amalie Stalheim

World premiere
Past events:

​World premiere inspired by the corona pandemic.

Mogens Dahl Chamber Choir, Denmark, founded in 2005 by its conductor and musical director Mogens Dahl, is an international choir project based on the Nordic a cappella tradition. Focusing on Nordic and romantic music, the ensemble has initiated several innovative projects, and aims to influence the agenda for vocal music in the Nordic countries.

The concert includes the world premiere of a work by the 2021 Bergen International Festival composer, Missy Mazzoli. Year of our Burning is a response to the corona pandemic. Through the music and the choir's movements on stage, the piece portrays interpersonal relationships during this exceptional period.

The concert programme draws lines and traces connections between past and present, tradition and renewal. Mogens Dahl explains: 'In the close-knit network of voices in the programme the common denominators are tonality and melody to a greater extent than the groundbreaking modernism. The audience can virtually listen to music history and hear Bach through the composers on the programme. The essence is a majority of voices, a musical language with dialects from a variety of countries, communicating with one another via underground corridors in the musical buildings.'

The soloists are cellist Amalie Stalheim, who also performs in Troldsalen during this year's festival, and horn player David M.A.P. Palmquist who has written the concert's first piece: Nocturne.


Performance programme (pdf)

New date: This event was postponed from the 2021 Bergen International Festival and has a new concert date in 2022.

Amalie Stalheim (photo: Nikolaj Lund). Image at top: Mogens Dahl Chamber Choir.



1 h 40 min, incl. interval


Standard: 440/490
Senior: 396/441
Under 30/student: 190 
FiB Fordel until 13 April: 308/343
FiB Fordel from 14 April: 352/392
BT Fordel: 330/367


    • Mogens Dahl Chamber Choir
    • Mogens Dahl conductor
    • Amalie Stalheim cello
    • David M.A.P. Palmquist horn
    • Ingrid E. Hagen organ
    • Siri Hilmen cello
    • Maria Demérus, Per Gunnar Petersson soloists

Music by

    • Palmquist
    • Bach
    • Mazzoli
    • Brahms
    • Petersson


    • David M.A.P. Palmquist (1979–) 

    • Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
      Jesu, meine Freude, BWV 227

    • Missy Mazzoli (1980–)
      Year of our Burning
      Text: Laura Lomas
      World Premiere

    • Interval

    • Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
      Cello Suite no. 3 in C major, BWV 1009
      3. Courante
      5. Bourrée
      6. Bourrée

    • Johannes Brahms (1833–1897)
      from 2 Motets, op. 74
      1. Warum ist das Licht gegeben dem Mühseligen?

    • Per Gunnar Petersson (1954–)
      Aftonland. Text: Pär Lagerkvist

Supported by

The Savings Bank Foundation DNB – Dextra Musica and William Demant Foundation


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