Next Step 1 – Space

Next Step 1 – Space

Thursday 12 September - Friday 13 September

Grieghallen

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Before his works began their epic tussle with fate, Mahler crafted a symphonic picture of heavenly bliss seen through the eyes of a child. 

The composer’s fairytale Symphony No. 4 – scored for a delicate slimmed-down orchestra – journeys from a celestial sleigh-ride through a grotesque, picture-book scherzo to a transfigured cradlesong.

‘There is no music on earth which can ever compare to ours,’ sings Mahler’s soprano soloist in the exquisite final movement, music of radiance lined with sadness.

Markus Stenz and the fast-rising Norwegian soprano Caroline Wettergreen are our guides for the symphony, and before the Edvard Grieg Kor and Youth Choir join the orchestra for Eric Whitacre’s vision of the cosmos, which comes with its own revelatory climax.

As the first in our NEXT STEP series, researchers from the University of Bergen will participate in this performance as we examine the world around us from space, oceans and the climate to the challenge of being human.