The program for this years festival is now posted on our website and ticket sales are open!
More info: https://www.kammermusikkfestivalen.com
This year, we head for diving equipment and bird watchers’ binoculars! The festival will be moving on vast depths and in purling rivers, all with a sprinkling of bird song and nature’s own music. From Biber’s Baroque impulses to Messiaen’s melancholy song: animals, and perhaps especially birds, have inspired composers through all ages. And the musical crown will have its greatest jewel in place on Sunday evening, with Schubert’s frisky trout quintet.
The four sublime singers in New York Polyphony will guide us from the beguiling sounds of the Middle Ages to the jump into our own times. In addition to participating in several evening concerts, they will have their own evening in the Utstein Monastery on Friday.
From screeching bandoneonistas on office chairs, via George Crumb’s hypnotic rendering of the song of the whale, to Camille Saint-Saëns’ tour of the zoological garden in “Carnaval des animeaux” with, among others, pianists exhibited, are what we can offer you in this year’s new venue, Kunsthallen, on Saturday evening.
Once again, we shall roll out the red carpet for our younger audience with two different family concerts. In Sandnes Kulturhus, we’ll invite the children into a magic room, full of wonder, in the performace “Ka då for?” – whatever for? The audience will be transported into different episodes and happenings that are woven together by music and dance. We shall also put on the enchanting children’s opera “The magic hat” in the Stavanger Concert House, where children meet the world of the opera through a catchy story about friendship.
As always, programme and artists are a gathering of delightful meet-agains and the new and innovative. From the Wiener philharmonic we have fetched the clarinetist Matthias Schorn; the harpist Marie-Pierre Langlamet will join us from the Berlin philharmonic. The young Norwegian viola shooting star Eivind Ringstad will play in several concerts, as will an incredible bouquet of very different violinists, led by the festival favorite Boris Brovtsyn, the elegant Hungarian Eszter Haffner, and the superb tango violinist Daniela Braun. On the piano, we shall hear the 70-year-old master Håkon Austbø in addition to Yejin Gil and our artistic director Christian Ihle Hadland. Maxwell String Quartet from Scotland will bring us Scots folk tunes as well as classical joys; Oslo Kammerakademi will play music for winds.
There will be tango, Scottish folk music, harmony music, and – as always – works that are so fine that no excuse is needed for playing them.
In 2018, it is 100 years since Claude Debussy died, and we shall pay special attention to him during several concerts.
We wish you a warm welcome, to a new festival!
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