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26 May - 09 June 2021

Spring at Lysøen

Violinist Tai Murray and pianist Silke Avenhaus celebrate the season with Beethoven’s Spring Sonata and works by Scott and Bull.

Tai Murray (photo: Gaby Merz), Silke Avenhus (photo: Susie Knoll)
Tai Murray (photo: Gaby Merz), Silke Avenhus (photo: Susie Knoll)

Transparencia by American composer Jeff Scott starts with fast, rolling melodic lines that represent the sound of waves coming to shore. Surrounded by the sea this work opens the concert at Ole Bull’s island paradise Lysøen.

American Tai Murray and German Silke Avenhaus, who regularly perform together, will do two concerts at Lysøen Saturday 29 May. 'Like a magnet that pulls in the listener … infused with a powerful current, an energy and force', wrote one reviewer after a concert with the duo.

Beethoven’s famous Violin Sonata no. 5, the 'Spring Sonata', is the finale of the programme. The effervescent, graceful work is loved by violinists, pianists and audiences alike, and you can almost hear the buds of spring opening in the music. Murray and Avenhaus will also be performing Ole Bull’s Cantabile dolorosa e Rondo giocoso.

Events planned for the 2021 Bergen International Festival will be launched throughout the autumn and winter. It is likely that plans for the 2021 Bergen International Festival will be affected by the pandemic. By launching performances and artists as they are confirmed, the Festival would like to draw attention to the work our wonderful artists do, while knowing that the final festival programme may look different. The festival will follow the health authorities’ orders and recommendations, and wants to create safe conditions and the least possible inconvenience to our audience. Therefore, ticket sales will not start until the spring.

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