Slottsskogen The National Day concert

Enjoy an afternoon in the greenery of Slottsskogen to the tones of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra with conductor Johannes Gustavsson, Barbara Hanningan soprano, Inez Karlsson cello, presenter Tomas von Brömssen and guests.

Concert length: 1 h 30 min incl. intermission
Free entry

There will be party music for the young and the old when the Gothenburg Symphony takes place in the vast greenery of Slottsskogen. We promise fanfare and tributes on the Swedish National Day 2023 when both Gothenburg turns 402 years old and Sweden 500 years under a united king.

The concert offers notes from musicals like West Side Story and Gershwin’s Girl Crazy, with vocals by Barbara Hannigan. In addition, fabulous theater music from Carl Nielsen and Swedish classics from Alfvén and Stenhammar. 15-year-old cellist Inez Karlsson takes on Dvorak’s romantic tribute to the forest, while Valborg Aulin’s lustful tones take us to turn-of-the-century Paris.

Join our sing-along and let the sounds of the orchestra be the start of a relaxing summer in the spirit of community.

Tomas von Brömssen is presenter and everyone is welcome!

Gothenburg’s citizenship ceremony 2023

In connection with the concert, the City of Gothenburg’s citizenship ceremony will be held, where we welcome our new citizens!

Logotyp Göteborgs Stad


Trad. Du gamla, du fria 1 min

Bernstein West Side Story: Overture 5 min

Nelson Cardiac Fanfare 4 min

Stenhammar Interlude from the cantata Sången 5 min

Nielsen Overture to Maskarade 4 min

Dvorák Silent woods 6 min

Brahms Hungarian Dance No. 5 2 min

V Aulin Vie bruyante from Tableaux Parisiens 6 min

Taube Så länge skutan kan gå 4 min

Ericson Utskärgård 2 min

Britta Byström Fanfare für die Verwandlung 4 min

Lumbye Champagnegalop 2 min

Gershwin Girl Crazy, suite 13 min

Tuesday 6 June 2023: The event ends at approx. 15.30


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 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.

As one of Sweden's leading conductors, Johannes Gustavsson has a wide repertoire and conducts both symphonic and operatic repertoire together with several of the leading Scandinavian orchestras and opera houses. He regularly conducts orchestras such as the Gothenburg Symphony, the Oslo Philharmonic, the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Helsinki City Orchestra. As an enthusiast for contemporary music, Johannes Gustavsson has conducted around 50 premieres of newly written Nordic orchestral works. Johannes Gustavsson has received several appointments and prizes. He was the first recipient of both the Swedish conductor's prize and the Herbert Blomstedt scholarship. He has also won prizes in the Solti competition as well as the Frankfurt and Toscanini competitions in Parma and Taormina in Italy. Johannes Gustavsson also conducted the Gothenburg Symphony on the Grammis Award-winning recording Aulin, Moberg, Andrée: Orchestral Works wich was recorded in August 2020.

She has been called "an artist who aims straight for the heart and never misses". Since 2019, Canadian Barbara Hannigan has been the first guest conductor for the Gothenburg Symphony, a contract she extended in September 2022 through the summer of 2025. She performed her first concert with the Gothenburg Symphony in 2013 – already a success – and was the orchestra's Artist in Residence in the 2015-2016 season. As a singer and conductor, she collaborates with leading orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra, the French Radio Philharmonic where she is Première Artiste Invitée, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Munich Philharmonic and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra. Barbara Hannigan's debut album as a singer and conductor, Crazy Girl Crazy, was released in 2017 and received both a Grammy and a Juno for Best Vocal Album. In 2021, Barbara Hannigan was appointed an honorary scholarship holder by the Stenastiftelsen and received a scholarship amounting to SEK 300,000. In September 2022, Barbara Hannigan performed the acclaimed La Voix Humaine by Poulenc together with the Gothenburg Symphony. Her commitment to the younger generation of musicians led her to create the mentor initiative Equilibrium Young Artists 2017.

Inez Karlsson cello

Tomas von Brömssen presenter

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