The Saturday evening concert in Kunsthallen will be a truly rare experience, as pieces lacking any connection will be thrown together into a crazy stew – and stirred, for mixing, as little as possible.
We offer a howling bandoneon player on a rotating office chair, and sparklingly colorful and intensely yearning tunes along the Asian Silk Road, before the stage will be bathed in blue light at the end of this first part, letting us listen to George Crumb’s incredibly beautiful rendering of the song of the whale. (Many will remember Crumb, who participated as our festival composer in 1994; “Vox Ballanea” was then performed in the Cathedral.)
The second part sets off with aggressive caresses, depicted through tango music, before we manage to land safely and meet kangaroos, aquaria, and lion parades in Saint-Saëns’ beloved Carnival of the Animals, before we wander out into the summer night.
With a sidelong glance at the 1960s tradition of arranging concerts of contemporary music in art associations and galleries, this concert is a collaboration with Kunsthall Stavanger – one of this year’s innovations.