Göteborgs Konserthus Hannigan’s Sunday

A nice Sunday evening filled with emotional music with Barbara Hannigan and musicians from the Gothenburg Symphony.

Concert length: 2 h incl. intermission Scene: Stenhammarsalen
245-315 SEK Student 123-158 SEK Youth up to 29 123-158 SEK

Join a soiree with the Gothenburg Symphony’s First guest conductor Barbara Hannigan. A beautiful Sunday evening filled with challenging and emotionally charged music, from Hindemith and Schönberg to the Grammy-awarded contemporary composer Caroline Shaw.

Caroline Shaw is the 40-year-old young American composer who both hip-hop artists and film directors want to work with. There have been no fewer than three Grammys, and in 2022 she received the award for contemporary classical composition of the year (for Narrow Sea). Her piece Entr’acte for string quartet has become widely circulated and is said to be inspired by Haydn.

Barbara Hannigan often follows a common thread in her concerts. Tonight we meet courageous music that has broken free from conventions and oppression. Paul Hindemith was the composer who was forced to go out in World War II and then devoted his life to a dogged pursuit of artistic freedom. Just like Arnold Schönberg, he refused to follow given norms and found his own expression. Both jazz tones and atonal experiments that leave an unforgettable impression are hidden here.


Get to know Barbara Hannigan.


Koffler String trio Op. 10 16 min

Hindemith Des Todes Tod 16 min

Intermission 25 min

Shaw Entr'acte 12 min

Schönberg String Quartet No. 2 29 min

Sunday 10 March 2024: The event ends at approx. 20.00


Musiker ur Göteborgs Symfoniker

Soprano and conductor Barbara Hannigan is first guest conductor for the Gothenburg Symphony since 2019. She is also Première Artiste Invitée of Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Associate Artist of London Symphony Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor of Lausanne Chamber Orchestra (2024/25 onwards). Embodying music with an unparalleled dramatic sensibility, soprano and conductor Barbara Hannigan is an artist at the forefront of creation. Her artistic colleagues include John Zorn, Krszysztof Warlikowski, Simon Rattle, Sasha Waltz, Kent Nagano, Vladimir Jurowski, Andreas Kriegenburg, Andris Nelsons, Esa Pekka Salonen, Christoph Marthaler, Antonio Pappano, Katie Mitchell, and Kirill Petrenko. The late conductor and pianist Reinbert de Leeuw has been an extraordinary influence and inspiration on her development as a musician. The Canadian musician has shown a profound commitment to the music of our time and has given the world première performances of over 90 new creations. Hannigan has collaborated extensively with composers including Boulez, Zorn, Dutilleux, Ligeti, Stockhausen, Sciarrino, Barry, Dusapin, Dean, Benjamin and Abrahamsen. The past few seasons have brought the premiere of a new production of Poulenc's opera La Voix Humaine, and recent world premieres include Golfam Khayam's I am not a tale to be told with Iceland Symphony Orchestra, John Zorn's Split the Lark and Star Catcher, Zosha di Castri's In the Half Light with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and a new project with Katia and Marielle Labeque inspired by the life and music of Hildegard von Bingen. 2023-2024 includes further world premieres by John Zorn, Salvatore Sciarrino, and Jan Sandström. Last season, Barbara made her conducting debut with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, with further debuts with Montreal Symphony Orchestra and Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, as well as ongoing musical collaborations with Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, LSO, Santa Cecilia, Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Munich Philharmonic. On record, Barbara Hannigan’s fruitful relationship with Alpha Classics began in 2017 with the release of Crazy Girl Crazy, which won the 2018 Grammy Award for Best Classical Solo Vocal album. Five critically-acclaimed recordings followed, including Vienna: fin de siècle with pianist Reinbert de Leeuw, La Passione featuring works by Nono, Haydn and Grisey, and in 2023 Infinite Voyage, joining her colleagues of the Emerson String Quartet for their final album, in works of Schoenberg, Hindemith, Berg and Chausson. Spring 2024 brings the release of the ecstatic vocal works of Messiaen with pianist Bertrand Chamayou. Barbara’s commitment to the younger generation of musicians led her to create the mentoring initiatives Equilibrium Young Artists (2017), and Momentum: our Future Now (2020). In 2021, Barbara Hannigan was appointed an honorary scholarship holder by the Swedish Stenastiftelsen and received a scholarship amounting to SEK 300,000. In 2022, she was named Artist of the Year by Gramophone magazine. In the 2022-2023 season, Barbara Hannigan performed works by Poulenc, Ligeti, Messiaen and Stravinsky together with the Gothenburg Symphony and the Gothenburg Symphony's choirs. She also did a guest performance at the Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg and participated in the Swedish national day concert in Slottsskogen, Gothenburg. Barbara resides in Finistère, on the northwest coast of France, directly across the Atlantic from where she grew up in Waverley, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Justyna Jara violin

Per Högberg viola

Terje Skomedal violin

Tuula Fleivik Nurmo viola

Jun Sasaki cello

Cellist Claes Gunnarsson has toured all over the world as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral musician and teacher. He debuted at a young age as a soloist in Dvorak's Cello Concerto together with the Gothenburg Symphony and was subsequently invited as a solo cellist. A position he has held since 1998. As an active chamber musician, Claes Gunnarsson has collaborated with the violinists Leonidas Kavakos and Nikolaj Znaider, the pianists Christian Zacharias, Peter Jablonski and Hélèn Grimaud, but above all has given concerts for 20 years together with his colleagues Sara Trobäck and Per Lundberg in the piano trio Trio Poseidon. Claes Gunnarsson is also a teacher at the College of Stage and Music at the University of Gothenburg. He plays a cello built in 1707 by David Tecchler, a generous loan from the Järnåker Foundation.

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