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THE STEP ON THE MOON

A musical journey beyond time and space with Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Daníel Bjarnason, conductor, and Pekka Kuusisto, violin.

THE STEP ON THE MOON

A musical journey beyond time and space with Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Daníel Bjarnason, conductor, and Pekka Kuusisto, violin.

A musical journey with Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra beyond time and space where the experience of the moment plays against the expanse of the eternal.

It’s been 50 years since the Eagle landed in the Sea of Tranquillity, and Neil Armstrong put his foot on the moon on the 21st of July 1969. What did he think when he – being the first person ever to do so – saw the earth from the moon? Icelandic musician, composer and conductor Daníel Bjarnason takes us on a musical journey beyond time and space where the impression of the moment plays against the expanse of the eternal.

An evening of music, images and stories, with music by Bjarnason, Adams, Ligeti, Shostakovich, Thorvaldsdottir and more. On the violin: Pekka Kuusisto.

Bonus: the photo exhibition Hasselblad in Space in Gothenburg Concert Hall.

Concert Introduction

Free introduction with musicians from the orchestra in the Stora Salen Hall one hour before the start of the concert.

Part of Space Week

50 years have passed since the moon-landing. In Western Sweden, this is celebrated from the 14th of September to the 22nd of September with a broad programme for all ages about space’s importance for innovation, inspiration, science, industry, research, environment, sustainability, societal good, culture, art and creativity.

Programme


Adams Short Ride in a Fast Machine
5 min


Bjarnason Violin Concerto
20 min


Adams Tromba Lontana
4 min


Intermission
25 min


Shostakovich movement 2 from Symphony No 10
4 min


Thorvaldsdottir Metacosmos
14 min


Ligeti Lontano
10 min


Mazzoli Sinfonia (for Orbiting Spheres)
9 min


Participants


Gothenburg Symphony

Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, 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. Kent Nagano has been principal guest conductor since 2013. 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. 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 www.gsoplay.se. The orchestra has issued over 100 recordings on BIS, Deutsche Grammophon, Chandos, Farao Classics and several other labels, including the complete orchestral music by Grieg and the complete symphonies of Sibelius, Nielsen, Stenhammar and Atterberg, and most recently orchestral music by Richard Strauss. The Gothenburg Symphony is owned by the Region Västra Götaland. www.gso.se


Daníel Bjarnason Conductor


Pekka Kuusisto violin


Lene Juhl Videokonstnär & Rumsdesign


Ólafur Egilsson Textförfattare


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