Prokofiev's ballet Romeo and Juliet by Baden’ya

Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra

Aug 30 - 08.00 PM
Jl. Drupadi Shakti No. 007
Armaputri Kelurahan Kiedondong Cikampek

Established in 1765 under the name Det Musicalske Selskab (The Musical Society), it later changed its name to Musikselskabet Harmonien and it is often referred to as "Harmonien" (the Harmony) by Bergen's citizens.

After World War I, there was strong interest in the major Norwegian cities of Bergen and Kristiania (which later changed its name to Oslo) in having larger orchestras, and in 1919 the orchestra in Bergen was reorganized to employed 40 professional full-time musicians. As of 2006 the orchestra has 98 musicians.

The orchestra has had a long tradition of playing contemporary music. Ludwig van Beethoven's second symphony was performed in Bergen in the year it was published, 1804 - even before it was performed in Berlin. Bergen-born composer Edvard Grieg had close ties with the orchestra, and was artistic director from 1880 to 1882. He also bequeathed a portion of his estate to a fund which continues to provide financial support for the orchestra. Other composers have served as principal conductor of the orchestra, including Arvid Fladmoe, Johan Halvorsen, Iver Holter, Richard Henneberg, Olav Kielland and Per Winge. Composer Harald Sæverud was frequently invited to conduct his own works, and the orchestra continues to commission and perform new compositions on a regular basis. Other composers who have conducted their own works with the orchestra include Aaron Copland, Karl Nielsen, Jean Sibelius, Witold Lutosławski, Lukas Foss, and Krzysztof Penderecki. In 1953 the Festspillene i Bergen was started and Leopold Stokowski was contracted to conduct the orchestra. Other conductors at the Bergen Festival have included Eugene Ormandy and Sir Thomas Beecham.

American conductor Andrew Litton became principal conductor in 2003 and artistic director in 2005. In 2002 the orchestra began, as the first Norwegian orchestra ever, recording the complete orchestral works of Edvard Grieg, its former music director. Norwegian conductor Ole Kristian Ruud and the orchestra recorded the final of the 7 CDs for BIS., in 2005. Also in 2005, Andrew Litton and the orchestra recorded music from Prokofiev's ballet Romeo and Juliet for BIS. This was Litton's first recording with the orchestra.

Many members of the orchestra teach at the Grieg Academy of Music, which is a music conservatory within the University of Bergen.

season. Litton leads European tour with concerts in Udine, Ljubljana, Zagreb, Rome, Vienna and Innsbruck.

Andrew Litton (born May 16, 1959, New York City) is an American orchestral conductor. He is a graduate of The Fieldston School, and holds both undergraduate and Masters degrees in music from Juilliard.

Litton was Principal Conductor of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra from 1988 to 1994. and is now its Conductor Laureate. He served for twelve seasons as Music Director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra from 1994 to 2006. Since 2003, he has been Music Director of the Sommerfest concerts of the Minnesota Orchestra, and in June 2008, his contract in this post was extended to 2011. Litton was reported to have been a candidate for the position of music director of English National Opera after the tenure of Paul Daniel. He has been Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra in Norway since 2003. In June 2008, his contract with the Bergen Philharmonic was extended through the 2010-2011 season.

Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev (27 April [O.S. 15 April] 1891 - March 5, 1953[1]) was a Russian composer who mastered numerous musical genres and came to be admired as one of the greatest composers of the 20th century. (Alternative transliterations of his name include Sergey or Serge, and Prokofief, Prokofieff, or Prokofyev.)

Mali National Ballet

From Mali, West Africa, to America, Troupe Baden'ya (meaning "we are all family" in Bambara) has been sharing their culture with audiences all over the U.S.A. since 2002. As members of the National Ballet of Mali and other top troupes and ballets in Bamako, these artists established themselves and traveled all over Europe, Asia and America to end up in the U.S.A.

They reunited in 2002 for performances and workshops in Providence, RI. Since that time, they have performed in Massachusetts, New York and Colorado at venues including the Newport Folk Festival and community theaters. Audiences have been jumping out of their seats at sold out shows to see.




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