New Worlds

Concert 5.12

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New Worlds

The percussion quartet Kroumata is world-renowned. Together with NorrlandsOperan´s Symphony Orchestra, they will be performing a new piece by Giovanni Verrando. The concert also includes Dvorak´s magnificent New World symphony.

At the height of his career, Czech composer Antonín Dvořák (1841–1904) received an offer he just couldn't refuse. Seizing the opportunity, he moved to New York to take up a position as a composition professor. His task was to help the Americans to create new American music. Although initially enthusiastic, Dvořák was gripped by homesickness and eventually moved back to Czechoslovakia after just three years. Nevertheless, it was during his brief sojourn in the US that he composed some of his most famous works. One of these is his Ninth Symphony, From the New World. Its music combines elements from American frontier songs, spirituals and European folk music.

In the work entitled Multiplicity, we encounter whole new worlds of sound for four percussionists and orchestra. Italian composer Giovanni Verrando (b. 1965) loves to experiment with sounds and tones. In addition to traditional percussion instruments, such as the bass drum and roll, he also uses trowels, hammers and plastic lids; whatever is needed to produce the perfect sound.

Solo will be performed by Swedish percussion ensemble Kroumata. The quartet performs concerts all over the world and, over the years, has given the première performances of more than 200 works. Some years back the group played a piece by Verrando that was so good that they immediately decided to order a second work. And here it is! 

But first, the string section will get a chance to show us what it can do. The concert begins with Introduction and Allegro for Strings, a popular piece by British composer Sir Edward Elgar (1857–1934).

Elgar: Introduction and Allegro for Strings
Verrando: Multiplicity
Dvořák: Symphony no 9, From the New World

Conductor: Rumon Gamba
Solo: Kroumata (percussion)