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Sofienberg church 13 May at 8 pm

Oslo Chamber Choir and NyNorsk Brass Quintet

Conductor Håkon Nystedt

With Ørjan Matre's work: From a distance.

Tickets: 250/150/50

Concert with Oslo Chamber Choir and NyNorsk Brass Quintet with conductor Håkon Nystedt. We perform Ørjan Matre's work: From a distance.


Four Pieces from a Distance was composed in the spring of 2020 during the first part of the COVID-19 pandemic, when strict restrictions on social life applied. In the different parts of the piece, the musicians are asked to play completely without relating to the other performers. Two of the songs are based on traditional hymns: O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus and Children of the Heavenly Father. The latter has been subtitled "Andrà tutto bene", the Italian term that children all over the world wrote on drawings of rainbows with a wish and hope that it would go well in the end. 

The work was originally written for brass quintet and organ. In this version, cross voices have been added (SSAATTBB). Titles refer to the lyrics that refer to the lyrics the choir sings, are added to the original titles.  


NyNorsk brass quintet will also perform "Imprints" by Bjørn Bolstad Skjelbred:


For centuries, artists have been inspired by nature.
Nature tells us something about our place in the world, it shows us a bigger picture, something bigger than human life. In modern times, we have seen and experienced that there are several aspects of human behavior that contribute to the destruction of nature, and which create great difficulties for the survival of insects and animals. Our world has so much beauty to offer, but there is much that tells us that humans' own behavior on earth is making it harder for us to live on earth if we continue as we do today. In the three movements that make up IMPRINTS, I seek to express different aspects around these topics.

"Winter" - a beautiful, shimmering light over snow-capped mountains. Pale and cold, a melancholy feeling of eternity. It can also be a picture of what the world might look like after a nuclear disaster, or after the ecosystem has collapsed.

"Swamp" - the feeling of never moving on, never getting anywhere. Stuck in the swamp.

"After" - imagine a world where all the insects have disappeared. No pollinators buzzing around in the garden, over the meadows, in the woods. The world is still beautiful but quiet.

Bjørn Bolstad Skjelbred - 2022


In addition, the Oslo Chamber Choir performs music by Bruckner, "Haleluja our battle is over" by Ørjan Matre and folk tunes.

Sofienberg church 13.05.22 at 20.00

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