Summer concert for thousands at Aker Brygge in Oslo

August 17, 2006, 11:00 CEST

Cafe guests, tourists and others at Aker Brygge will be treated to a fresh musical experience at 4 p.m. on Saturday afternoon, August 19, when the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra performs a free Hydro summer concert.

The program includes well-known classical works from some of the world’s most popular composers – including two melodies from Edvard Grieg’s Peer Gynt suite. The concert also features works by Bach, Beethoven, Dvorak, Shostakovich and Prokofiev. The conductor is Norwegian Arvid Engegård.

Hit parade

“The concert program is a hit parade of famous classical works, in addition to a few elegant surprises. Most of the audience will nod in recognition and experience delightful memories, maybe an old flame?” suggests a smiling Helle Cecilie Lauvstad, Communications Manager of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra.

"Members of the orchestra will dress in maritime whites for the occasion. We hope the sun shines brilliantly and that the public appreciates the concert. There might be as many as 15,000 to 20,000 who attend," she says. 

The reason for the concert is Hydro’s wish to make the Oslo Philharmonic – ”Norway’s greatest live band” – available to many more people than just the regular audience at Oslo Concert Hall.

“We want to surprise the audience with an extraordinary concert. I won’t reveal all the details, but I’d like to say I think it will be a spectacular event,” says Cecilie Ditlev-Simonsen, Chief Communication Officer of Hydro.

Many other activities

There are many other activities happening in and around Aker Brygge on the same afternoon, generating a multitude of reasons for visiting this popular part of Oslo on Saturday – and to attend the concert.  

Hydro has been the sole sponsor of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra since 1990 and recently extended the agreement by four years. The fantastic experience at last year’s Hydro centennial concert – for 40,000 people attending the philharmonic concert in Frognerparken in Oslo – is one of the reasons the company wants to prolong its cooperation with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra and host an annual outdoor public concert.

The free concert program includes the following works:

  • Shostakovich: Festival Overture
  • Grieg: Morning Mood from Peer Gynt
  • Grieg: In the Hall of the Mountain King, from Peer Gynt
  • Kverndokk: Heksevirvler
  • William Kroll: Banjo & Fiddle, with soloist Catharina Chen on the violin
  • Dvorak: Slavonic Dance No. 15
  • J. S. Bach: Air
  • Beethoven: Fifth Symphony, First Movement
  • Prokofiev: Montagues & Capulets, from Romeo and Juliet
  • Prokofiev: Tybalt’s death, from Romeo and Juliet