Dirigent Barbara Hannigan står mot svart bakgrund med händerna utsträkta Dirigent Barbara Hannigan står mot svart bakgrund med händerna utsträkta

Göteborgs Konserthus Americana with Hannigan

Iconic music about a country in the making, with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra; Barbara Hannigan, conductor; and Sofie Asplund, soprano.

Concert length: 2 h incl. intermission Scene: Stora salen
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The incredible Barbara Hannigan is the Symphony Orchestra’s principal guest conductor. At this performance, she leads the orchestra through iconic music from the US – Gershwin’s drama Porgy and Bess, with melodies like Summertime and I Got Plenty O’ Nuttin’, in an arrangement for symphony orchestra. We also hear Samuel Barber’s atmospheric Knoxville: Summer of 1915, for soprano and orchestra. The soloist is Sofie Asplund, acclaimed for performances internationally and with GöteborgsOperan and the Royal Swedish Opera. 

Like Barber’s Knoxville, in Three Places in New England, Charles Ives presents an image of American life in the early twentieth century. It is also one of his most played and popular works. In Copland’s Quiet City, we travel instead through a major city in the 1940s, filled with nostalgia and feverish energy. The piece is written for string orchestra, cor anglais and trumpet and as soloists we see Carolina Grinne and Bengt Danielsson from the symphony orchestra. 


Get to know the music

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! You will get the stories behind the music, knowledge of the composers and own reflections about the classical pieces. The introduction last for about 30 minutes, it is free and free seating in the hall. Welcome! 


Ives From the Steeples and the Mountains 4 min

Copland Quiet City 10 min

Ives Three Places in New England 19 min

Intermission 25 min

Barber Knoxville: Summer of 1915 14 min

Gershwin Porgy and Bess - Symphonic picture for orchestra (arr. Bennett) 24 min

Thursday 19 September 2024: The event ends at approx. 21.30
Friday 20 September 2024: The event ends at approx. 20.00


Sofie Asplund soprano

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