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Classical music, opera, ballet and dance in Bodø, Norway

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Adventures in knitting: Ariadne in Bodø

Lise Davidsen (Prima Donna) and Adrian Angelico (The Composer) © Erika Hebbert
Lise Davidsen's Ariadne and Sara Hershkowitz' Zerbinetta shine in the Arctic Philharmonic's slightly lacklustre Ariadne auf Naxos
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Leif Ove Andsnes and the MCO

Leif Ove Andsnes © Özgür Albayrak
Leif Ove Andsnes and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra perform virtuosic Stravinsky and Beethoven in Bodø on the penultimate leg of The Beethoven Journey.
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Musical storytelling with Anne Sofie von Otter at Nordland Music Festival

The repertoire in Anne Sofie von Otter’s recital in Bodø Cathedral this Saturday was truly a mixed bag. Ranging 350-odd years, from the 1650s all the way up until the very present day, spanning four countries and as many languages, and joined by two accompanists – Mats Bergström and Svante Henryson – there was really no unifying theme to the recital.
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And there was light: Haydn's The Creation at Nordland Music Festival

When Haydn’s Die Schöpfung (“The Creation”) had its public première in 1799, the forces were nothing less than gigantic; the orchestra numbered 120 people and the choir 60, considerable forces even today. The forces in use on Thursday’s performance were perhaps not of the same size, an orchestra of about 70, and a choir of 26.
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Music as history lesson: The Cikada Quartet plays Steve Reich's Different Trains in northern Norway

The north-Norwegian town of Bodø has a special relationship with trains. Bodø is the last station on the Norwegian rail system, and the construction of the railway that goes between the towns of Trondheim and Bodø is one of the most gruesome stories in modern Norwegian history.
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Four seasons in one day: Vivaldi's Four Seasons made new at the Nordland Music Festival

When I heard one of the main concerts of the Nordland Music Festival was going to be the Tromsø Chamber Orchestra playing Vivaldi’s violin concerto cycle The Four Seasons with Henning Kraggerud as soloist, I must admit I was rather disappointed.
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