Göteborgs Konserthus University of Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra

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Concert length: 1 h 30 min incl. intermission Scene: Stora salen
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After a long time, we can look forward to a guest performance by the University of Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra with its conductor Henrik Schaefer. Andrea Tarrodi’s orchestral work Ascent, is a moving up from the ocean trench, from the low notes to the higher ones and from the elements of nature to the noise of the city. Music that finally “slowly rises over the treetops, higher and higher, out into the stillness of outer space” (Andrea Tarrodi)

Danish Launy Grøndahl (1886-1960) was for over 30 years conductor of the radio orchestra in Copenhagen. He also wrote a lot of music, including the internationally successful trombone concerto from 1924, composed during a stay in Italy. Here we meet a melodic, thoughtful and romantic work with “walking bass” and the blue notes of Gershwin.

With Symphonie fantastique, Berlioz shocked the world in 1830. He broke the frames of the symphony, invented completely new sounds with his ingenious and innovative orchestration and frightened the audience. Even as late as 1908, when Wilhelm Stenhammar conducted the symphony for the first time in Gothenburg, the reception was similar: “…this strange and bizarre product of the ingenious imagination, and the volcanically simmering temperament, which here revel in sensual music paintings, but whose intense worship of the expressive power of the notes, reveals a marvelous lack of perception of the deeper essence of music.” (Handelstidningen) A revolutionary who not only threatened prevailing spiritual values, but even worse, the good taste.

University of Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra

The University of Stage and Music at the University of Gothenburg offers a orchestra education at master’s level. The students who are admitted to the program form their own orchestra – University of Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. This orchestra forms the basis for educations with students from all over the world. The education is given in collaboration with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, the Gothenburg Opera and the opera education at the University of Stage and Music to offer the basic repertoire for every professional orchestra musician.


Ascent - Concerto for orchestra was commissioned by the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra. The piece was premiered at De Geer Hallen, Norrköping on April 9, 2015, conducted by Catrine Winnes. "Ascent - Concerto for Orchestra" was written during the fall, winter and spring of 2014/15. Before starting the actual composition of the piece, I thought a lot about water and saw before me an oceanic trench. I wanted the music to begin there. I also reflected a lot on the contrasts between nature and city and how these two environments can exist in different frames of mind. One could call the form of the piece a kind of ascent from the very lowest register of the orchestra to the very highest. The work is divided into 7 cohesive movements. It begins in the stillness of the ocean trench in Part 1, "Ocean Trench." The music then gently rises to a loud crescendo and meets coral reefs and whale song in Part 2, "Whales and Corals." Then it is tossed up towards the surface in Part 3, "Breaking Surface" and swept in towards land and into the city's bustling cacophony in Part 4, "Cityscape." The roar of the city tones down for a short while in Part 5, "Chacarita Cemetery." But eventually the commotion returns again and travels on to Part 6, "Hypomanic Trails." In the last and 7:e part of the piece, "Under the Twilight Canopy," the music finally finds its way back to a kind of stillness, where I imagine a tree under a starry sky. Then it slowly rises above the crowns of the trees, higher and higher, and out into the placidity of outer space." -Andrea Tarrodi

Grøndahl Trombone concerto 14 min

Intermission 25 min

Berlioz Symphonie fantastique 49 min


University of Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra

Henrik Schaefer conductor

Jörgen Simarud Stabell trombone

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