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Fri
20
Sep
18.00

THE STEP ON THE MOON

A musical and visual space trip with Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Christer Fuglesang astronaut, Daníel Bjarnason conductor and Pekka Kuusisto violin.

THE STEP ON THE MOON

A musical and visual space trip with Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Christer Fuglesang astronaut, Daníel Bjarnason conductor and Pekka Kuusisto violin.

A musical and visual space trip with Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra,  where the music is accompanied by magnificent visual worlds projected on both walls and ceilings in the concert hall. Our own astronaut Christer Fuglesang is participating in the concert. 

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 together with Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra beyond time and space where the impression of the moment plays against the expanse of the eternal. On violin we will meet Pekka Kuusisto.

Documentary films and pictures are projected on the walls of the concert hall, edited in a very unique way by Danish video artist Lene Juhl. Both musicians and audiences are enclosed in a magnificent cosmic experience.

Concert Introduction

Free introduction with astronaut Christer Fuglesang ao in the Stora Salen Hall one hour before the start of the concert.

Unique exhibition in the Concert Hall

In the entrance of the Concert Hall hangs the historic image of the first American space walk during the Gemini 4 expedition, Earthrising, taken from Apollo on July 8 1968, and not least the iconic image of Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin on the moon, with the mirror image of the first man on the moon, Neil Armstrong, in his visor. A total of nine magical moments captured by a Gothenburg-produced Hasselblad camera during the space race in the 1960s selected in collaboration with the Hasselblad Foundation.

On the wall next to the restaurant is a fascinating overview of the 28 manned expeditions in the three US space programs Mercury, Gemini and Apollo – all with the purpose of landing a human on the moon, a collaboration with the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington and Universeum. In an informative timeline you can read about how it all went, the problems, the failures and the successes – and not least get to know the astronauts who were there.

Part of Space Week

50 years have passed since the moon-landing. In Gothenburg Concert Hall and 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


Shostakovich movement 2 from Symphony No 10
4 min


Adams Short Ride in a Fast Machine
4 min


Ligeti Lontano
13 min


Bjarnason Violin Concerto
23 min


Intermission
25 min


Adams Tromba Lontana
4 min


Mazzoli Sinfonia (for Orbiting Spheres)
10 min


Thorvaldsdottir Metacosmos
13 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


Christer Fuglesang Astronaut


Mats Kjelbye Dramatic adviser


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