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The American Century

Ben Palmer with the sinfonietta

The 20th century was a golden age in America. A time with enormous development and changes in society. Can we find anything similar in American music from this period?

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Maybe this concert can answer this question? We will go on a musical journey through American Western classical music in the 20th century. From Charles Ives’ The Unanswered Question from 1908, to John Adams’ minimalistic transition to our own century. Many things changed musically in this period. We find jazz, rock, pop and several other genres that have found inspiration through classical music.

At this concert we will hear music by four different composers. As well as Ives and Adams we will hear La Creation du Monde by Darius Milhaud. This work is an early example of jazz music used in classical music. We will also hear music by Erich Wolfgang Korngold who was central in the creation of “The Sound of Hollywood”, also known as American film music. We will hear his orchestral suite made over the music from Shakespeare’s play Much Ado About Nothing. By John Adams we will hear Hallelujah Junction for two pianos and Son of Chamber Symphony for sinfonietta.

Ben Palmer is chief conductor of the Deutsche Philharmonie Merck in Darmstadt and Babylon Orchester Berlin. He is also the founder and the artistic leader of Covent Garden Sinfonia. He has conducted many German and English orchestras, as well as orchestras in many other European countries. He very often conducts film music, and he is personally authorized by Jon Williams to conduct his film music.

Yegor Shevtsov has worked as a pianist with the Arctic Philharmonic since 2019. He is also an active chamber music player, and he has had several solo concerts in Northern Norway, since he moved here. He has studied in Ukraine and the USA, and he has a PhD from Manhattan School of Music. He has received great reviews from both the New York Times and The Miami Herald.

The Norwegian pianist Ellen Ugelvik is one of Norway’s best musicians in the field of contemporary music. She works as a soloist and chamber musician across Europe, the USA and Asia, and she is often invited to the big festivals of contemporary music. Ugelvik is also a researcher at NordART at the Norwegian Academy of Music.

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