Two classic symphonys will open The Northern Lights Festival 2019.
The Arctic Philharmonica (NOSO) will also this year open The Northern Lights Festival. This year they will perform both George Gershwin og Leonard Bernstein.
Together with The Armed Forces Music Divison, under the conduct of Rumon Gamba – we are proud to present Symfonic dances from the famous musical West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein, and George Gershwins Porgy & Bess: A Symphonic Picture by Robert Russell Bennett and An American in Paris.
Well north of the Arctic Circle, you will discover the world’s northernmost professional orchestral institution – the Arctic Philharmonic. Since our founding in 2009, the Arctic Philharmonic has become one of Northern Norway’s largest and most active cultural institutions.
The structure of the orchestra is unique and innovative – both in Norway and in the rest of the world. Located in two arctic cites, Bodø and Tromsø – and still with the whole northern region as its arena.
The High North with its nature and history is a strategic fundament for the Arctic Philharmonic. This is reflected in our programming work, the marketing and communications – and all the way to the concert experience. The arctic is the core in both the visual and the artistic profile.
About Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990):
The American composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein would have been 100 years 25th of August in 2018. He is famous for the musical "West Side Story", and were also nominated to The Academy Awards for his film music to "On the Waterfront".
Bernstein was among the first conductors born and educated in the US to receive worldwide acclaim
Bernstein died 72 years old, only five days after he announced that he would retire.
About George Gershwin (1898-1937):
George Gershwin is also an American composer and pianist that is well known outside the US. Of his best known work we find "Rapsody in Blue" and "An American in Paris", in addition to his contemporary opera "Porgy & Bess".
"Porgy & Bess" was actually written off as a commercial disaster at the time, but has later been acclaimed as one of the most important operas in the 20th century.