Welcome to the 2020 Hemsing Festival! 

"Freedom and Transformation"

 
 
 

19 Feb 2020

Kr 3200

Festival Pass

The Hemsing Festival Pass gives you guaranteed entrance to 14 concerts and events during the festival. Limited number available- reserve yours now!

(Concerts and events which include the serving of food are not included in the festival pass, and must be purchased separately). 

19 Feb 2020

19.00

Kr 400 adult / 200 youth

Festival Opening Concert in Aurdal Church

ABOUT THE CONCERT

Program leader: Erling Dahl jr.

Length: 1 hr. 45 min. 

National and romantic sounds from Spain to St. Petersburg, and a classic quartet from Haydn

PROGRAM

 

Ludwig van Beethoven: Preludium and fuge Op. 29 

Ragnhild Hemsing, Eldbjørg Hemsing, Dorran Alibaud 

 

Joseph Haydn: String Quartet No. 64 Op. 76 nr. 5    
Quatuor Arod

 

Folk music   

Marit Karlberg and Frank Rolland, duet with songs, hardingfele and langeleik 

 

Sergej Rachmaninov: Trio Elegy    

Guro Kleven Hagen, Tor Espen Aspaas, Andreas Brantelid

Strauss: Op 15: “Madrigal” og “Winternacht”  
Johannes Kammler, Julien Quentin

 

Dmitrij Sjostakovitsj: Two pieces for String Octet op. 11       

  1. Prelude Adagio

  2. Scherzo Allegro Molto

Ragnhild Hemsing, Guro Kleven Hagen, violin TBA, Eldbjørg Hemsing, Lilli Maijala, Dana Zemtsov, Andreas Brantelid, Dorran Alibaud

20 Feb 2020

09.30

Closed to the general public

Music garden, event at Vestringsbygda kindergarten, Aurdal

ABOUT THE CONCERT

Musicians Marit Karlberg and Frank Rolland visit the kindergarten with instruments both large and small. There will be songs and games, all with a hop, skip and a jump, to keep the feet busy so the ears can listen.

(Closed event, in partnership with Vestringsbygda kindergarten)

20 Feb 2020

13:00

Kr 700 (festival pass not valid here).

Rakfisk Forte Fortissimo 1, "Music with a taste of the past"

ABOUT THE CONCERT
 

Program leader: Erling Dahl jr.

Length of concert + meal: 1 hr. 45 min.

Here we will enjoy well-preserved food courtesy of Noraker farms and some well-made music to accompany it; Tchaikovsky’s “Memory of a dear place” and Mahler’s romantic piano quartet, served with a side of Debussy.
 

The concert begins at 13:00 with artists from the festival, and a buffet will be served at 14:00 featuring specialty local food. Nils Noraker will tell about the history of the farm and about the production of "rakfisk." 

(Please arrive at 12:30 to be seated and ready for the concert start at 13:00)
 

PROGRAM

 

Tchaikovsky: Souvenir d´lieu cher

  1. Meditation

  2. Scherzo

  3. Melodi

Eldbjørg Hemsing and Julien Quentin

 

Beethoven piece     

Julien Quentin 

 

Gustav Mahler: Piano Quartet in a minor

Eldbjørg Hemsing, Dana Zemtsov, Dorran Alibaud og Julien Quentin

20 Feb 2020

15.00

Free

“Master meeting,” open masterclass with Ragnhild Hemsing in Frikar-Smia

ABOUT THE EVENT
 

Length of event: 1.5 hours

Three young talents will be selected as part of a competition in cooperation with the Barratt Due Institute of Music in Oslo. The talents will be invited to the fesitval to take part in a masterclass with violinist and artistic leader Ragnhild Hemsing, and to perform in selected concerts during the festival. The masterclass is free and open to the public.

20 Feb 2020

16.30

Kr 350 (festival pass not valid here)

“Freedom - it is the fight for freedom,” Lecture with Erling Dahl Jr. at Frydenlund skysstasjon in Aurdal

ABOUT THE EVENT
 

Length of event: 1 hour

Learn about Edvard Grieg's involvement in social discourse at home and abroad, as he tackled issues such as politics, religion and language. Serving of “majerd” (local meat stew) and beverages included in the ticket price

Erling Dahl jr. is an excellent storyteller. He has written several books on Edvard Grieg, and has held lectures in many countries. His books have been translated to Japanese, Chinese and English. Erling Dahl jr. is the former director of the Edvard Grieg Museum, Troldhaugen and Bergen International Festival.

20 Feb 2020

17:30

Free

Guided ski trip (with headlights) before concert in Aurdal mountain church

Meet below Aurdal mountain church at 17:15

20 Feb 2020

17:00

Kr 225 adult / 175 youth

Dogsledding at Aurdalsåsen (before concert in Aurdal mountain church)

In cooperation with Valdres Villmarkssenter

Meet below Aurdal mountain church before the concert for your dogsled ride (15 minute rides).

20 Feb 2020

19:00

Kr 450 adult / 200 youth

"With Bela Bartok in the mountain home," intimate concert at the Aurdal mountain church

ABOUT THE CONCERT

Length: 1 hour

There will be both Bartok and Baroque music in the mountain church. Bartok follows in Beethoven’s legacy, and composed a series of six string quartets. The fourth of these quartets offered brand new sounds for that time, and still challenges us today.. The Baroque music will be performed by a viola solo, followed by Johan Halvorsen's playful Passacaglia over a theme by G. F. Handel.

 

PROGRAM

 

Bela Bartok: Quatuor n°4.      
Quatuor Arod

 

Johan Sebastian Bach: Cello Suite No 1, performed by viola

Lilli Maijala

 

Händel-Halvorsen: Passacaglia   
Guro Kleven Hagen, Dana Zemtsov

20 Feb 2020

19:00

Kr 1400 (festival pass not valid here).

"Tasting with Tones"

ABOUT THE CONCERT 

 

A four-course meal of the highest quality, made from local ingredients, will be served. Artists from the festival will have short performances between each course. 

 

Program leader: Erling Dahl jr.

 

Entrance and seating from 18:30 to be ready for the meal and program beginning at 19:00.

 

PROGRAM

 

Appetizer

Chopin: Grande Valse Brilliante op.18

Hyung-ki Joo

David Popper: Hungarian Rapsodie op. 68 

Andreas Brantelid, Julien Quentin 

 

First Main Course

Vocal solo

Johannes Kammler, Tor Espen Aspaas

 

Piazzolla: Le Grand Tango

Julien Quentin, Dorran Alibaud 

 

Second Main Course

Debussy: Violin Sonata.                     

Eldbjørg Hemsing, Hyung-ki Joo

 

Franz Schubert, Quartet n°12 (Quartetsatz)

Quatuor Arod  

 

Dessert

Ravel: Tzigane, arr. for two violins and piano.

Ragnhild, Eldbjørg, Hyung-ki

21 Feb 2020

11:00

Kr 225 adult / 175 youth

Dogsledding at Aurdalsåsen (before concert in Aurdal mountain church)

In cooperation with Valdres Villmarkssenter

Meet below Aurdal mountain church before the concert for your dogsled ride (15 minute rides).

21 Feb 2020

10:30

Free

Guided ski tour from Nythun to "The Music Trail 1" in Aurdal mountain church

Gather at 10:00 to be ready for departure at 10:30

 

(Attention: please inform Nythun if you plan to join the ski tour before 16:00 on Thursday afternoon)

21 Feb 2020

13:00

Kr 450 / 200

The Music Trail 1, “Soviet idealism and Beethoven freedom”

ABOUT THE CONCERT

 

Program leader: Erling Dahl jr.

Length: 60 minutes

 

This concert is a unique opportunity for the audience to experience classical music combined with outdoor activities in beautiful surroundings, overlooking the snowy Valdres mountains. Here the audience also has the opportunity to ski to the concert and test the beautiful ski slopes in the area. There will be organised transport to return to Nythun, contact them directly for booking.
 

A series of duets for violin and cello by Soviet composer Reinhold Glière (1939) is followed by one of the highlights of the quartet form. Beethoven's Quartet No. 1 in F major op. 59 (the Razumovsky Quartets) paved a new path, and broke with many adopted conventions.

 

PROGRAM

 

Glière: Duo for violin and cello              

Eldbjørg Hemsing og Dorran Alibaud 


 

Ludwig van Beethoven: Quartet No 1 op 59        

Quatuor Arod

21 Feb 2020

13:00

Kr 700 (festival pass not valid here).

Rakfisk Forte Fortissimo 2 "Fresh and Fermented"

ABOUT THE CONCERT

 

Program leader: Tor Espen Aspaas

Length of concert + meal: 1 hr. 45 min.
 

The concert begins at 13:00 with artists from the festival, and a buffet will be served at 14:00 featuring specialty local food. Nils Noraker will tell about the history of the farm and about the production of "rakfisk." 

(Please arrive at 12:30 to be seated and ready for the concert start at 13:00)

A friendly gathering of composers who all respond to Robert Schumann's description of universal art. Based on local material that is given specific treatment by a truly artistic soul, the result can go from being local to becoming universal.
 

PROGRAM

 

Myllargutens Brudemarsj, trad.          

Grieg: Myllargutens Brudemarsj 

Ragnhild Hemsing, Tor Espen Aspaas

 

Schubert: Wanderers Nachtlied    

Schäfers Klagelied 

An Schwager Kronos 

Wonne der Wehmut 

Johannes Kammler, Tor Espen Aspaas

 

Claude Debussy: Cello Sonata

Andreas Brantelid, Hyung-ki Joo

 

Schumann: Piano Quartet Op 47 in E flat Major, 3rd movement “Andante Cantabile” 

Ragnhild Hemsing, Lilli Maijala, Andreas Brantelid, Hyung-ki Joo

21 Feb 2020

14:30

Kr 650 (festival pass not valid here).

Musical Lunch at Nythun

ABOUT THE EVENT

 

Length of concert + meal: 1 hour 45 min

Program leader: Arve Tellefsen.

 

PROGRAM

 

Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonate nr. 5 «Vårsonaten». 

Guro Kleven Hagen, Julien Quentin    

 

Stykkje for bratsj og piano

Dana Zemtsov, Tor Espen Aspaas

 

Innslag med ungt talent

Fiolin, Julien Quentin

 

Kjende melodiar

Arve Tellefsen, Tor Espen Aspaas

21 Feb 2020

16:30

Kr 250 / 100

Musical Appertif at Frydenlund Skysstasjon

ABOUT CONCERT

Length of concert: 60 min

 

Marit Karlberg and Frank Henrik Rolland have reached into their treasure chest of folk music and found songs, ballads, shows, and hymns that they want to introduce to you. Their music has wandered through space and time, while remaining rooted in the folk traditions of Hardanger and Valdres. Enjoy the sounds of the Hardanger fiddle, langeleik, and harmonium, in both solo pieces and arrangements.

 

Local food and drinks available for purchase. The venue is within walking distance from the next concert in Aurdal church at 6pm

21 Feb 2020

18:00

Kr 400 / 200 / A-kort

Classical chamber concert in Aurdal church

ABOUT THE CONCERT

 

Program leader: Erling Dahl jr.

Length: 1 hr. 30 min.

We go to the very heart of classic chamber music - and stay there all evening. From the 16-year-old Mozart via the middle-aged (but always young) Beethoven to Johannes Brahms most recent chamber music from 1890.

 

PROGRAM

 

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Divertimento in D Major K136     

Quatuor Arod  

 

Beethoven: Sonate no 8 for fiolin og klaver   

Ragnhild Hemsing, Tor Espen Aspaas

 

Wolf: Michelangelo-Lieder
Johannes Kammler, Julien Quentin 

 

Johannes Brahms: String Quintet no 2 in G Major op 111

Guro Kleven Hagen, Ragnhild Hemsing, Lilli Maijala, Dana Zemtsov, Dorran Alibaud

21 Feb 2020

22:30

Kr 425 adult / 200 youth

Late Night Concert “Testosteron,” with TRAKTOR in The Barn at Nythun

ABOUT THE CONCERT

Length: 1 t 10 min

 

What happens to a man when the belly grows larger, the testosterone is in free-fall, and self-respect takes a vacation? At the intersection of theater, stand-up and opera, the music ensemble Traktor places the male role under the kinfe. Layer by layer they peel away, exposing his relationship with women, his bottomless grief, his desperate weaknesses, and his beautiful dreams.

 

With Frank Havrøy and TRAKTOR (Johannes Skyberg, Nora Hannisdal, Gunnar Flagstad, John Ivar Knutzen, Kristin Fyrand Mikkelsen and Elisabeth Maria López Wulfsberg)

The bar at Nythun will be open for serving before the event 

22 Feb 2020

08.30

Kr 400 for breakfast and concert (free for those lodging at Nythiun) (festival pass not valid here).

"Morning Moods," breakfast concert at Nythun

ABOUT THE CONCERT

 

Miniconcert begins at 9:00am with artists from the festival


This will be a morning which starts with a fresh taste in your mouth! Rachmaninov’s “Andante” and Grieg’s “Andante con moto” sereve as bookends to a real master work, Rotnheims-Knut, in the tradition of Olav Moe and in Grieg's version after Knut Johannesson Dale


(Tickets on sale until Friday at 16:00)
 

Program leader: Erling Dahl jr

PROGRAM 

 

Sergej Rachmaninov: Cello sonata i G-minor, op. 19, 3. sats, Andante

Dorran Alibaud, Tor Espen Aspaas

 

"Rotneimsknut," trad. hardingfele       

Andris Hemsing

 

Edvard Grieg: from opus 72 "Rotnamsknut"

Tor Espen Aspaas

 

Edvard Grieg: Klavertrio «Andante con moto»     

Ragnhild Hemsing, Andreas Brantelid, Tor Espen Aspaas

22 Feb 2020

11.00

Kr 225 adult / 175 youth

Dogsledding at Aurdalsåsen (before concert in Aurdal mountain church)

In cooperation with Valdres Villmarkssenter

Meet below Aurdal mountain church before the concert for your dogsled ride (15 minute rides).

22 Feb 2020

10:30

Free

Guided ski tour from Nythun to "The Music Trail 2" in Aurdal mountain church

Gather at 10:00 to be ready for departure at 10:30

 

(Attention: please inform Nythun if you plan to join the ski tour before 16:00 on Friday afternoon)

22 Feb 2020

13:00

Kr 450 / 200

The Music Trail 2 “Orchestra in the Mountains”, Aurdal mountain church at Aurdalsåsen

ABOUT THE CONCERT

Program leader: Erling Dahl jr.

Length: 60 min

 

This concert is a unique opportunity for the audience to experience classical music combined with outdoor activities in beautiful surroundings, overlooking the snowy Valdres mountains. Here the audience also has the opportunity to ski to the concert and test the beautiful ski slopes in the area. There will be organised transport to return to Nythun, contact them directly for booking.

 

The Trondheim soloists have visited stages and festivals all over the world, so it is only fitting that they be seen and heard here at the Hemsing Festival as well. In addition to their own piece, they will be accompanied by violin and vocals.

 

PROGRAM

 

Edvard Grieg: Holbergsuite, 1.mvt

Trondheim Soloists

 

Johann Sebastian Bach: Violin Concerto No 2 in E Major, BWV 1042

Eldbjørg Hemsing, Trondheim Soloists 

 

Wilhelm Friedemann Bach: Sinfonia in F Major, bc F 67

Georg Friederich Händel: Concerto grosso, Op. 6 No 7 in B flat Major, HWV 325

Trondheim Soloists

 

Händel: Arie from Messiah,

 “Why do the Nations”

 “the People that Walked in darkness”

Johannes Kammler, Trondheim Soloists

22 Feb 2020

13.00

Free

“Beethoven on Skis”, family day by Frikar-Smia

ABOUT THE EVENT

Outdoor activities for the whole family on the grounds directly below Frikar-Smia, followed by a concert indoors directly afterwards
 

Presented in cooperaation with Aurdal IF

22 Feb 2020

15:00

Free

“The Story of Beethoven,” family concert in Frikar-Smia in Aurdal

ABOUT THE CONCERT

Length: 1 hour

Free entrance

 

Welcome to the story - or is it a fairytale? - of Ludwig van Beethoven, one of the most famous and prolific geniuses in history. We follow Beethoven from his birth, with his hands already on the piano keys, to the age of eight when he went on tour with his father who had great ambitions for him, until he became a full-grown and world-famous composer, creating some of the finest classical music ever composed.

 

The story of Beethoven is told and performed by Liv Bernhoft Osa, Arve Tellefsen, Valdresstrykerne and musicians from the festival

22 Feb 2020

15:30

Kr 300 / 150

Concert lecture: "Beethovens 32 piano sonatas in 64 minutes"

Performed and presented by Tor Espen Aspaas at the Valdres Folkemuseum in Fagernes

22 Feb 2020

16:00

Kr 250

“Homecoming”

Concert and presentation of her new album by Eldbjørg Hemsing at Frydenlund skysstasjon

 

Length: 50 min

Accompanist: Julien Quentin

22 Feb 2020

18:00

Kr 450 / 225 / A-kort

“Keys Ringing and Strings Attached”

ABOUT THE CONCERT

Program leader: Erling Dahl jr.

Length: 1 t 30 min 

Sometimes musicians enjoy making "cover songs" based on other people's works. This is an evening with pianist Hyung-Ki-Joo where he "covers" Debussy and Grieg. In addition, he is a soloist in Dmitri Sjostakovitsj's piano concert no. 1, together with a trumpet solo performed by Brynjar Kolbergsrud.

 

PROGRAM

 

Claude Debussy, arr. Gwilym Simcock: Children’s Corner for Piano and Strings    

Hyung-ki Joo, TrondheimSolistene

 

Holberg Reflections for Piano and Strings by Hyung-ki Joo

Hyung-ki Joo, TrondheimSolistene

                        
Dmitrij Sjostakovitsj: Konsert nr. 1 for piano, trompet og strykarar   

Hyung-ki Joo, Brynjar Kolbergsrud, TrondheimSolistene

22 Feb 2020

20:30

Kr 350 / 200 / A-kort

Intimate Concert with Arve Tellefsen and Concert Quiz in Frikar-Smia

ABOUT THE CONCERT

There will be opportunity to buy food and drink at Frikar-Smia, starting from 19:30.

 

Program leaders: Bente Hemsing, Arve Tellefsen and Erling Dahl Jr.

Length: 2 hours 15 minutes

Experience a proper legend and a bright star in the classical music world: Welcome to an intimate concert with Arve Tellefsen! He will be accompanied by Tor Espen Aspaas on the piano. Right after the concert and a short break to get some more food and drink, the Saturday night will finish with an informal quiz.

 

The Concert Quiz is a golden opportunity for you to get to know the musicians from another side. Bente Hemsing and Erling Dahl jr. host the quiz, and the festival artists performs. There will be a variety of questions that the audience can answer individually or in groups.

23 Feb 2020

12:00

Kr 400 / 200 / A-kort

Closing Concert in Aurdal Church

ABOUT THE CONCERT

Program Leader: Carl Philip Weisser and Erling Dahl Jr. 

Concert length: 1 hr. 30 min.

Today we meet both the visiting festival artists and Valdres’ own powerful sounds throughout the portal of chamber music - from songs accompanied by piano to full works with choir and orchestra. A rousing moment, and a warm invitation to next year's festival


 

PROGRAM 

 

Pieces by Strauss, Beethoven og Händel. 

 

ARTISTS
 

Johannes Kammler, Valdres Kammerkor, Arve Tellefsen, Eldbjørg Hemsing, Ragnhild, Guro Kleven Hagen, Lilli Maijala, Dana Zemtsov, Andreas Brantelid, Dorran Alibaud, Quatuor Arod, TrondheimSolistene, Julien Quentin, Tor Espen Aspaas and Jonas Haltia.

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