Göteborgs Konserthus The Crescendoing City

Event has already taken place. A musical adventure with video projections in connection with Nobel Week Dialogue. With Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, pianist Víkingur Ólafsson, mezzosoprano Karin Torbjörnsdóttir and conductor Johannes Gustavsson.

Concert length: 1 h 30 min no intermission Scene: Stora salen
365-525 SEK Student 183-262 SEK

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This concert coincides with the Nobel Prize winners’ participation in Gothenburg’s Nobel Week Dialogue, during which they will be sharing their experience and knowledge ahead of the future.

We imagine a future in which cities, with their energy and gravitational pull, play an ever more important role. And pulsating energy it will be when Johannes Gustavsson conducts Skyline from Music For A Great City by Copland, Gershwin’s An American in Paris and songs by Alma Mahler with mezzo soprano Karin Torbjörnsdóttir.

Mozart also experienced the attractions of the big city when he moved to the European metropolis Vienna in the 1780s. He arranged his own concert series for the city’s pleasure-seeking and growing bourgeoisie, where he premiered his twenty-third piano concerto – a musical miracle with a slow movement that is one of the most gripping ever composed. The piano genius Víkingur Ólafsson will show this with lucidity and conviction.

This concert is a musical adventure with video projections by Anders Granström and creative lighting design, during which Johannes Gustavsson conducts the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra as it performs music that reflects people and cities in different eras. In cooperation with Nobel Week Dialogue and Göteborg & Co.

No introduction to the concert

In the autumn of 2021, we will not give any introductions to the concerts due to the pandemic. Comments on the current programme for this particular concert can be found in connection with the names of the works under the heading Programme on this page (in swedish). You will get even more angles and keys to classical music in the concert magazine Podiet (in Swedish) and the lecture series Classical Curiosities at GSOplay (in English).

Previously announced percussion soloist Martin Grubinger has canceled his participation.


Copland Skyline from MUSIC FOR A GREAT CITY 7 min

A. Mahler Die stille Stadt 3 min

A. Mahler Laue Sommernacht 2 min

A. Mahler Licht in der Nacht 3 min

Gershwin An American in Paris 17 min

A. Mahler Bei dir ist es traut 2 min

A. Mahler Erntelied 4 min

Mozart Piano Concerto No. 23 26 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.

Johannes Gustavsson conductor

Víkingur Ólafsson piano

Karin Torbjörnsdóttir mezzosopran

Anders Granström videodesign

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Percussionist vid pukor med stockar i handen, omgiven av röd sammet.

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