thursday/ january 28 2016
La Passion de Simone
The opening concert of NJORD Biennale is a presentation of one of Kaija Saariaho's major works: The modern oratorio La Passion de Simone - performed by the two international top ensembles Avanti! Chamber Orchestra and La Chambre aux échos.
La Passion de Simone is based on the story of a woman who meditates on the French philosopher Simone Weil's life. Weil (1909-1943) was inspired by both Western and Eastern spiritual traditions and was idealistically involved in the Spanish Civil War and World War 2. Her idealism ended up tragically ending her life when she, in sympathy with the French, starved herself to death during the latter. This magnificent oratorio presents a universal insight into one person's fate.
LATE NIGHT MINIATURES
The evening continues with a late night concert with cellist Jakob Kullberg, violinist Aliisa Neige and flutist Hélène Navasse. The program features works by a variety of Nordic composers and includes the world premiere of the brand new piece of Concordia for violin and cello by Kaija Saariaho, written specifically for the two young musicians.