Bergen International Festival 2015 English catalogue - Page 8

008 BE RGE N INTE RNAT I ON AL FE STIVAL 2 015 F E ST IV IT IE S FEST I VI T I ES m G RIE G H A L L E N G RIE G SA L E N B E RG E N IN T E RN AT ION A L F E ST IVA L 2 01 5 009 Porgy & Bess DAT E / T IME Wednesday 27 May at 18:45 Thursday 28 May at 19:00 DU RAT ION 1:15 OT H E R Introduction by Henrik Engelbrecht in the Grieghallen foyer (in Danish) Wednesday 27 May at 18:00 Thursday 28 May at 18:15 T IC K E T * Full price: 200–700 Under 30: 150 *Festival card: 40 %–30 % discount Classic love story with a star cast and full orchestra opens the Festival. The Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra’s music director Andrew Litton has recreated the manifold styles and emotions found in George Gershwin’s opera from 1935 in this suite. ‘I arranged my Suite from Porgy & Bess because there was no other suite of music from the opera that preserved George Gershwin’s music as he wrote it. It is very easy to turn the opera into a Broadway show, because of all the hit tunes, and all the other arrangements do just that. However, Porgy and Bess is very much an opera and I wanted to be able to perform it in a concert hall where the integrity of the opera was maintained. Therefore, in my suite, one doesn’t just get the hit songs, but one also gets the entire scene around the hits, so one has much more of a sense of their place in the opera’, says the conductor. Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra Andrew Litton conductor Gordon Hawkins Porgy Karen Slack Serena Janice Chandler-Eteme Bess Howard Haskin Sportin’ life Bergen Philharmonic Choir Edvard Grieg Kor Bergen Private Gymnas, Musikklinjen Håkon Matti Skrede chorus master GEORGE GERSHWIN (1898–1937) Porgy & Bess Supported by Rika AS, represented by Yvonne and Bjarne Rieber Sponsored by DNB and DNV GL In Litton’s distillate of Porgy & Bess you will hear the famous hits Summertime, I Got Plenty o’Nuttin and It Ain’t Necessarily So, performed by an all-American star soloist cast, handpicked by Litton himself. Together with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, which celebrates its 250th year in 2015, and a large choir, they will create an opening performan