Bergen International Festival 2015 English catalogue - Page 48

048 BE RGE N INTE RN AT I ON AL FE STIVAL 2015 FOU N DAT I ON S Bergen Cathedral Choir (Bergen Domkor) Kjetil Almenning conductor Marianne Beate Kielland mezzo-soprano Siri Hilmen cello Bjørnar Habbestad flute Hans Knut Sveen keyboard instruments A co-production by the Bergen International Festival, Bergen Domkor and Kirkemusikk i Bergen​ EXPECT MORE Stella Maris m BERGEN DOMKIRKE DAT E/ T IM E Wednesday 03 June at 19:00 D URAT I O N 1:15 T I C K ET * Full price: 290 Under 30: 150 *Festival card: 40 %–30 % discount Bergen Cathedral Choir and mezzosoprano Marianne Beate Kielland are guided by the Star of the Sea. Navigation, travelling and longing have always been sources of inspiration for artists and myth-makers. The bright North Star, also known as Polaris, has led the way for travellers for thousands of years, and has in the course of time acquired associations with religious and mythical symbols. In the Christian faith the guiding star is associated with Mary, the mother of Jesus. Seafarers, 048 W W W.FIB.N O noting the connection with the Latin word for sea – 'mare' – made the Virgin Mother their patron saint. Their guiding light in navigation was also named Stella Maris. The Gregorian chant Ave maris stella thus bears connotations with the star, the sea and the mother of all. But all seafaring has another aspect: when someone leaves on a journey, others sit at home waiting … In the concert Stella Maris Kjetil Almenning and Bergen Cathedral Choir have invited a Norwegian star, the mezzo-soprano Marianne Beate Kielland, to contribute to a programme ranging from George Frideric Handel to Edvard Grieg and from Gaelic tradition to recently composed music.