Göteborgs Konserthus Smoking Fresh with Simone Young

Electronic influences and romance with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Simone Young conductor and Maria Bengtsson soprano.

Concert length: 2 h incl. intermission Scene: Stora salen
380-540 SEK Student 190-270 SEK Youth up to 29 190-270 SEK

Buckle up for a wild ride between genres with star conductor Simone Young. Electro-influenced Connor D’Netto portrays the unpredictability of life, followed by Alban Berg’s romantic songs in a twelve-tone suit and Brahms’ Symphony No. 4. Soloist is international soprano Maria Bengtsson.

Australian Simone Young is well known among orchestras in opera houses and in concert halls around the world. Just as at home in the waters surrounding our most beloved composers as in the waves of contemporary music. Simone Young is chief conductor of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, but also a driven and empathetic pianist who enjoys playing chamber music with musicians in the SSO.

Her compatriot, rising star Connor D’Netto, has been called “a role model as an Australian contemporary composer”. He wrote Uncertain Planning during the pandemic when Australia was in total lockdown and life consisted of dashed hopes. D’Netto is a classically trained singer and multi-artist. His genre-crossing music contains both electronic elements and acoustic instruments.

When the Austrian Alban Berg wrote his Seven Early Songs in the early 20th century, he had one foot in romanticism and the other in twelve-tone music. The evening ends magnificently with Johannes Brahms’ masterfully orchestrated Fourth Symphony.

As soloist, we hear Maria Bengtsson, an internationally recognized soprano, who makes her first guest performance with the Gothenburg Symphony.


Get to know the classical pieces.

Get to know the composer Connor D´Netto.

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. Warm welcome!


D'Netto Uncertain Planning

A Berg Sieben frühe Lieder 17 min

Intermission 25 min

Brahms Symphony No 4 42 min

Wednesday 31 January 2024: The event ends at approx. 21.30
Thursday 1 February 2024: The event ends at approx. 21.30


The Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1905 and currently consists of 109 musicians. The orchestra is based in Gothenburg Concert Hall – a gem of functionalism on Götaplatsen square that has enchanted music lovers since 1935. Wilhelm Stenhammar was the orchestra’s Chief Conductor from 1907 until 1922. He gave the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra a strong Nordic profile and invited his colleagues Carl Nielsen and Jean Sibelius to collaborate with the orchestra. Under the leadership of Chief Conductor Neeme Järvi between 1982 and 2004, the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra undertook a number of international tours and made a hundred or so album recordings while establishing itself as one of Europe’s foremost orchestras. In 1997 the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra received the title of the National Orchestra of Sweden. Since season 2017-2018 Santtu-Matias Rouvali is Chief Conductor of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. Since season 2019-2020 Barbara Hannigan is Principal Guest Conductor. Christoph Eschenbach was also Principal Guest Conductor of Gothenburg Symphony in the years 2019-2022 – together they formed a strong three-leaf clover consisting of three completely different types of artists. We are also extremely proud to be an official partner of soprano Barbara Hannigan’s mentor initiative Equilibrium, with focus on young singers and musicians who are just beginning their careers. Sten Cranner is the orchestra’s CEO and Artistic Director, while Gustavo Dudamel holds the title of Honorary Conductor and Neeme Järvi that of Principal Conductor Emeritus. Region Västra Götaland is owner of the orchestra. The Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra works regularly with conductors such as Herbert Blomstedt, Joana Carneiro, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Christian Zacharias and Anja Bihlmaier.

Simone Young conductor

Maria Bengtsson soprano

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