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photo courtesy Per Brevig
Tuesday, November 1, 2005
Date: 6 November.
Time: 7:00 pm.
Location: Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center.

Event: "A Century of Norwegian Independence,"
featuring the American premiere of Norwegian
composer Arne Nordheim's Concerto for Violin
And Orchestra, with soloist Arve Tellefsen
and the Orchestra of St. Luke's, conducted by
Per Brevig. The concert - co-sponsored by the
Edvard Grieg Society and the New York office
of the Norwegian Consulate General - also
highlights cellist Darret Adkins's
performance of Nordheim's CLAMAVI FOR SOLO
CELLO and works by Halvorsen, Grieg and
Sinding.

Nordheim is recognized as his country's
composer laureate, with his modernist musical
language that creates its own sound-world by
examining the human conditions of loneliness,
despair, death, light, love, warmth and
humor. "[Nordheim's] VIOLIN CONCERTO is a
major piece of music," Brevig observes. "It
is difficult...he uses a large orchestra with a
large percussion section that often includes
unusual instruments...The score also contains
aleatoric and improvisatory passages...[This
is] a great concerto that must be heard."
Brevig is intricately tied to Nordheim's
music not only as a conductor, but as a
trombone player having premiered two solo
compositions - THE HUNTING OF THE SNARK and
THE RETURN OF THE SNARK - that were composed
for him.

Prior to the concert, on 4 November, the
American-Scandinavian Foundation hosts the
composer in the colloquium "Norwegian Music,
Past, Present and Future," moderated by
Brevig. For more information:
http://www.edvardgriegsociety.org/events.html

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