Göteborgs Konserthus Elusive Love

Lyrical and uncompromising, with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, conductor Pekka Kuusisto and violinist Ava Bahari.

Concert length: 2 h incl. intermission Scene: Stora salen
370-530 SEK Student 185-265 SEK

This evening’s programme features three works written in the 1930s, with elusive love as the common theme, under the leadership of Pekka Kuusisto. The audience is treated to a meeting of extremes – Korngold’s lyrically elegant Suite from Anthony Adverse, and Schönberg’s challenging and uncompromising Violin Concerto – with the Swedish rising star Ava Bahari.

The evening is rounded off with the soft rhythms that have made Prokofiev’s Romeo and Julia such an immortal work. As a composer, Prokofiev was driven entirely by his artistic vision. After the Russian Revolution, he left the country and lived in exile in the United States and France – not for political reasons but to gain peace of mind. Prokofiev was often criticized in his homeland for his “Western style” and at the same time received the Stalin Prize several times. Underneath all these contradictions is a distinctive style and an artistic drive that reaches through history.


So does film music from Anthony Adverse sound.

Get to know Schönbergs Violin Concerto, and Romeo and Juliet by Prokofiev.

Introduction to the concert

Take a seat in the Great Hall one hour before the concert begins and learn more about the music you will soon experience! A musician from the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra gives you the stories behind the music, knowledge of the composers and own reflections on what it is like to play the classical pieces. The introduction last for about 30 minutes, it is free and free seating in the hall. Warm welcome!


Korngold Suite from Anthony Adverse

Schönberg Violin Concerto 33 min

Intermission 25 min

Prokofjev from Romeo och Julia 40 min


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.

Pekka Kuusisto conductor

Ava Bahari violin

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