Nordheim in America

Nordheim in America
© photo courtesy Per Brevig
Date: 6 November. Time: 7:00 pm. Location: Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center. Event: "A Century of Norwegian Independence," featuring the American premiere of Norwegian composer Arne Nordheim's Concerto for Violin And Orchestra, with soloist Arve Tellefsen and the Orchestra of St. Luke's, conducted by Per Brevig. The concert - co-sponsored by the Edvard Grieg Society and the New York office of the Norwegian Consulate General - also highlights cellist Darret Adkins's performance of Nordheim's CLAMAVI FOR SOLO CELLO and works by Halvorsen, Grieg and Sinding. Nordheim is recognized as his country's composer laureate, with his modernist musical language that creates its own sound-world by examining the human conditions of loneliness, despair, death, light, love, warmth and humor. "[Nordheim's] VIOLIN CONCERTO is a major piece of music," Brevig observes. "It is difficult...he uses a large orchestra with a large percussion section that often includes unusual instruments...The score also contains aleatoric and improvisatory passages...[This is] a great concerto that must be heard." Brevig is intricately tied to Nordheim's music not only as a conductor, but as a trombone player having premiered two solo compositions - THE HUNTING OF THE SNARK and THE RETURN OF THE SNARK - that were composed for him. Prior to the concert, on 4 November, the American-Scandinavian Foundation hosts the composer in the colloquium "Norwegian Music, Past, Present and Future," moderated by Brevig. For more information: http://www.edvardgriegsociety.org/events.html

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