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A harbour where everything is energetic and hectic. Ships, vehicles, machines, people who struggle with inscrutable energy to keep the flow going. How does such a community sound? American composer Julia Wolfe has captured the intense mood in her high-octane orchestral work Fuel where the strings propel the music forward at an almost breathless pace. Fuel is presented as a multimedia performance with a movie by New York-based Bill Morrisson.
Tonight’s other piece, Let Me Tell You, opens the door to a completely different world. Sparkling, romantic and sometimes microtonal. Hans Abrahmsen’s composition, based on Paul Griffith’s novel, takes Ofelia’s classic words from Shakespeare’s Hamlet to new heights. A challenge for any vocalist. Tonight it is Liv Redpath who spans the arch together with Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra.
Tonight’s third piece takes place here and now, on two levels: two people meet during a concert. Sweet music arises, but will it last? Sounds Like You is a story that opens the heart wide open. It’s about our endless longing for love. About the risks we are prepared to take to achieve it. And not least our vain quest to recreate those rare moments in life when everything seems possible. Bent Sørensen has composed the music and Peter Asmussen written the lyrics in a cross-border theatre concert for choir, orchestra, actors and audience.
The female role is played by Hedda Stiernstedt, widely known for her part in the Swedish television series Vår tid är nu (“The present time is ours”), which earned her the Kristallen prize as actress of the year, 2018. Male actor TBA.
Point Music Festival is conducted with the support of the Sten A Olsson foundation for Research and Culture.
Abrahamsen let me tell you
Beethoven The Authoritarian Democrat - lecture in Swedish
Sørensen Sounds Like You
The Gothenburg Symphony, called "one of the world's most formidable orchestras" by the Guardian, has toured the USA, Europe, Japan and the Far East and performed at major music centres and festivals throughout the world. Chief conductor is Santtu-Matias Rouvali who started his tenure in 2017. Barbara Hannigan and Christoph Eschenbach are principal guest conductors since 2019.
Already at the orchestra's very first years, the great Swedish composer Wilhelm Stenhammar was appointed principal conductor, contributing strongly to the Nordic profile of the orchestra by inviting his colleagues Carl Nielsen and Jean Sibelius to conduct their own works. Subsequent holders of the post include Sergiu Comissiona, Sixten Ehrling and Charles Dutoit. During Neeme Järvi's tenure (1982-2004), the orchestra became a major international force. In 1997 it was appointed the National Orchestra of Sweden. During his celebrated tenure as music director (2007-2012), Gustavo Dudamel took the Orchestra to major music centres and festivals in Europe, making acclaimed appearances at BBC Proms and Vienna Musikverein.
The list of prominent guest conductors has included Wilhelm Furtwängler, Pierre Monteux, Herbert von Karajan, Myung-Whun Chung, Herbert Blomstedt and Sir Simon Rattle. The orchestra also runs extensive concert projects for children, and regularly releases digital live concerts free on gsoplay.se. The orchestra has been involved in many prestigious recording projects, the latest one the complete Sibelius Symphonies with Santtu-Matias Rouvali for Alpha Classics. Earlier, the orchestra has issued over 100 recordings on BIS, Deutsche Grammophon, Chandos, Farao Classics and several other labels. The Gothenburg Symphony is owned by the Region Västra Götaland.