Göteborgs Konserthus Canceled: To the Memory of an Angel

Event has already taken place. The concert has been canceled due to illness.

Concert length: 2 h incl. intermission Scene: Stora salen
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The concert has been canceled due to illness. The ticket office will contact you who bought tickets for the concert and money will be refunded, here you will find more information.

The previously announced program has changed due to adaptations to the pandemic situation.

Barbara Hannigan in music of grief and compassion – a song dedicated to the Algerian freedom fighter Djamila Boupacha and Alban Berg’s Violin Concerto, “To the memory of an angel”.

Djamila Boupacha was a freedom fighter who was arrested and tortured by French forces during the Algerian crisis in the early 1960s. Simone de Beauvoir wrote a gripping text that Luigi Nono composed for solo soprano. Alban Berg’s moving Violin Concerto with talented Veronika Eberle as soloist, dedicated to “an angel”, Manon Gropius (daughter of Alma Mahler and Bauhaus architect Walter Gropius), a young woman who died at the age of 18 but managed to spread a singular light during her short life.

Johann Sebastian Bach managed a lot in his life but one fugue remained unfinished, the last in his monumental work The Art of the Fugue. Luigi Berio wrote an arrangement for orchestra that fades into a strange, enigmatic silence. Haydn’s symphonies in the middle of the 100’s are pure “Sturm und Drang”, and this also applies to the emotional Symphony No. 49, “La Passione”, which keeps listeners in a firm grip.

The previously announced program has changed due to adaptations to the pandemic situation.

Introduction to the concert

Welcome to a free introduction to the concert one hour before the concert starts, in the Great Hall. The introduction is in Swedish.


Nono Djamila Boupacha 4 min

Haydn Symphony No. 49, "La passione" 24 min

Intermission 25 min

J S Bach Contrapunctus XIX 8 min

A Berg Violin Concerto "To the Memory of an Angel" 27 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.

Barbara Hannigan conductor

Veronika Eberle violin

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