We are delighted to welcome the Randers Chamber Orchestra from Denmark. Mozart and Grieg are of course quite familiar to us, but this evening will also, to use the title of John Frandsen's new work, give us a snapshot of the delights of contemporary Danish music.
Mozart: Clarinet Quintet
Grieg: Two Elegiac Melodies
Hans Abrahamsen/Carl Nielsen: Three Piano Pieces Op. 59 recomposed for 10 instruments
Anders Nordentoft: City of Threads
John Frandsen: Snapshots
Formed in 1945, the orchestra is Denmark's only professional chamber orchestra. Today, it occupies a unique position in Danish cultural life due to its many varied activities: orchestral concerts with expanded forces, chamber concerts, opera and operetta performances with the Danish National Opera and the Aarhus Sommeropera, summer concerts in the many fine castles of the local region, recordings and broadcasts, school concerts, together with workshops and teaching.
As well as performing throughout Denmark, the orchestra tours extensively abroad, and has performed in China, Syria, Italy, Russia, Norway, Sweden, Greenland, Island and Scotland. When touring overseas, the orchestra has two fundamental objectives: to introduce foreign audiences and musicians to Danish music, and to expand the orchestra's own musicians' horizons by introducing them to different cultures and styles of music and performance.