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Bergen Festival

Bergen Festival is Norway’s oldest and biggest musical and theatrical review. It takes place in three main forums: the Grieghallen, Håkonshallen and National Scene theatre. Apart from smaller concerts in the houses of the composers Edvard Grieg (Troldhaugen), Harald Sæverud (Siljustøl) and Ole Bull (Lysøen and Valestrand), innumerable events are organised throughout the city.

The festival was held for the first time in 1953, inspired by the Celebration of Music initiated by Edvard Grieg in Bergen in 1898.

Arne Nordheim first appeared at the Festival in 1959 as a music critic for the Morgenposten. The following year, his Aftonland was performed there and won him a prize – a cheque funded by the factory owner Jørgen S. Lien. The prize obliged Nordheim to compose, as a token of gratitude, a work for the next edition of the Festival. He wrote Canzona, the world premiere of which took place on 11 June 1961. In later years, Nordheim regularly presented his works at the Festival. The first performance of Colorazione for Hammond organ, percussion, delay unit, ring modulator and filters, as well as the electroacoustic work Warszawa, took place on 28 May 1968. For some time, Nordheim was a member of the Festival's music committee. In that role, he worked persistently to introduce contemporary music to the programme of the Festival. In 1988, he gave the opening speech at the Festival.

Place Category
13 Øvre Jegerborggate, Larvik Other
3 Olavsgate, Larvik Other
Artists' House Other
Arts Council Norway Other
Bayreuth Appearances
Bekkelaget Sewage Treatment Plant Other
Bergen Festival Appearances
Brekstad in Ørland commune Other
British Broadcasting Corporation Radio / TV
Calmeyergaten Mission House Appearances
City Hall Other
Concertgebouw Appearances
Concert Palace Appearances
Danish National Symphony Orchestra
Den Nationale Scene Appearances
Edition Wilhelm Hansen
Publishers / Bookshops
Feliks Nowowiejski Warmia and Masuria Philharmonic Appearances
Festiviteten Other
Grieghallen Appearances
“Grotto” Flats
Håkonshallen Appearances
Henie-Onstad Art Centre in Baerum Education
Hergisheim Flats
International Bach Academy Appearances
Israeli Radio Radio / TV
Israel Music Institute Other
Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance Other
Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra Appearances
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Appearances
Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music Education
Larvik church Churches / Places of worship
Lillehammer – Winter Olympic Games Other
Lodge Theatre Performance spaces
Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra Appearances
National Library Education
National Theatre Performance spaces
Netherlands Dance Theatre
New Music Association
Nidaros Cathedral Churches / Places of worship
Norwegian Academy of Music Education
Norwegian Opera Other
Norwegian Opera at the Folk Theatre Appearances
Norwegian Society of Composers Other
Norwegian Theatre I Other
Norwegian Theatre II Other
Norwegian University of Science and Technology NTNU Education
NOTAM Education
NRK radio and television Radio / TV
Observatory Other
Old Lodge (Gamle Logen) Appearances
Orchester der Württembergischen Staatsoper Appearances
Osaka Congress Hall (EXPO 70)
Oslo Cathedral Churches / Places of worship
Oslo Conservatory of Music Education
Oslo Philharmonic Appearances
Polish Radio Experimental Studio Radio / TV
Quality Hotel Grand Farris Hotels / Inns
“Rendezvous” for strings Appearances
Rombergata School Education, Other
Royal Norwegian Consulate General, New York Other
Royal Swedish Academy of Music Education
Santori Horu (Suntory Hall) Appearances
Storedal Cultural Centre Other
Swedish Radio Radio / TV
SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg Appearances
Teatro La Fenice Performance spaces
Theatre Café Coffeehouses
Town Hall in Gdańsk Other
Trento Other
University Aula Other
Wailing Wall Churches / Places of worship
Warsaw Autumn Performance spaces
Witold Lutosławski Society Other