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26 May - 09 June 2021

Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra

with Peter Herresthal & Missy Mazzoli

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Music that captures the American soul.

Bergen International Festival composer Missy Mazzoli writes opera, orchestral and chamber music, in addition to performing herself. This all-American concert not only features a world premiere by this composer from Brooklyn, but also provides an opportunity to experience her as a soloist.

Missy Mazzoli performs her Grammy-nominated work Vespers for Violin with Peter Herresthal, who has made his mark with interpretations of modern violin concertos with orchestras and ensembles worldwide, and has been rewarded with five Spellemann prizes (the Norwegian Grammy award) and a Grammy nomination in 2020.

Together with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra he performs the world premiere of the violin concerto arrangement of Mazzoli's violin concerto Dark with Excessive Bright. The work, originally written for double bass and chamber orchestra, is 'loosely based in Baroque idioms', and has its title from John Milton's Paradise Lost, referring to a surreal and evocative description of God, written by a blind man. James Gaffigan is the conductor. As a highly recognised conductor for both symphony orchestras and opera, the American conductor has worked with several of the leading concert and opera houses of the world. He is the Chief Conductor for the Luzerner Sinfonieorchester, and he has made a significant impact on the orchestra's profile, with many successful tours and recordings. This year Gaffigan was appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra & Opera.

The rest of the programme is also American, and includes works by George Walker and John Adams. Charles Ives's third symphony, The Camp Meeting, gained him the Pulitzer Prize in 1947. Unlike his other symphonies, it was composed for chamber orchestra. Harking back to the USA of the 19th century through its use of traditional hymns, each movement is a scene from the religious camp meetings of that era, accurately encapsulating the American soul.

Image: Peter Herresthal, Missy Mazzoli (photo: Sussie Ahlburg, Caroline Tompkins)


The event is filmed. Cameras can be an inconvenience to the audience at the venue. No admittance after the doors close, 5 mins before the event begins. Any distribution, copying and downloading of video content is strictly forbidden. 

The Bergen International Festival is carried out in accordance with the government's and local authorities' current requirements and guidelines for COVID-19. Read more here.

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James Gaffigan (photo: Vera Hartmann)



​55 min


At the venue
Standard: 550
Senior: 495
Under 30/student: 190
BT Fordel: 412

Digital event
Standard: 250
Under 30/Student: 150
BT Fordel: 180
Household: 400

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    • ​Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
    • James Gaffigan conductor
    • Peter Herresthal violin
    • Missy Mazzoli electronics

Music by

    • ​Ives
    • Mazzoli
    • Walker
    • Adams


    • Charles Ives (1874–1953) 
      Symphony no. 3 in B flat major, The Camp Meeting

    1. Old Folks Gatherin’ (Andante maestoso)
    2. Children’s Day (Allegro)
    3. Communion (Largo)

    • Missy Mazzoli (1980–)
      Vesper for Violin
      Dark with Excessive Bright
    • George Walker (1922–2018)
      Lyric for Strings
    • John Adams (1947–)
      The Chairman Dances, Foxtrot for orchestra


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