Henning Kraggerud
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US performances for Henning Kraggerud

May sees Renowned Norwegian violinist Henning Kraggerud perfoming in New York's Carnegie Hall and with The Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

Norwegian violinist Henning Kraggerud plays in New York's Carnegie Hall with Piotr Anderszewski, Iwona Sobotka and the Belcea Quartet on the 1st and 2nd of May - and together with The Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor Peter Oundjian in a program dedicated to Mozart, titled All Mozart, in Detroit on May 13-15.

Norwegian violinist Henning Kraggerud is one of Scandinavia’s most sought after artists. He performs as a soloist with many of the world’s leading orchestras, both in Europe and in North America. Kraggerud enjoys successful artistic collaborations with noted conductors including Paavo Berglund, Stephane Deneve, Ivan Fischer, Marek Janowski, Mariss Jansons and Yakov Kreizberg. A committed chamber musician, Kraggerud performs both on violin and on viola at major international festivals, collaborating with musicians such as Piotr Anderszewski, Leif Ove Andsnes, Martha Argerich, Jeffrey Kahane, and Stephen Kovacevich. Kraggerud is an innovative improviser and composer, performing many of his own cadenzas and arrangements in concert and several of his compositions have been performed at festivals worldwide.

New York, 1st and 2nd of May

This concert is one of three at Carnegie Hall this spring in which Mr. Anderszewski will focus on the music of Szymanowski. Mr. Anderszewski will lead two programs of Szymanowski’s chamber music, songs, and piano pieces in Zankel Hall with the Belcea Quartet, soprano Iwona Sobotka, and violinist/violist Henning Kraggerud. About Szymanowki, Mr. Anderszewski says; “There is something so universal about his music. Bartók is the obvious link, especially with the last period of Szymanowski’s writing, when he was very interested in folk music from the south of Poland. He really explored very deeply this folk music, and he said himself how much he admired Bartók".

Pre-concert talk starts at 7:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage with Walter Frisch, Professor of Music, Columbia University.

Performance times
Sat., May 1 at 7:30 p.m.
Sun., May 2 at 7:30 p.m.

Detroit, 13th, 14th and 15th of May

The concerts feature Mozart’s Overture to “The Impresario,” Violin Concerto No. 4, Adagio and Fugue in C minor, and concludes with his Symphony No. 38. A dynamic presence in the orchestral world, Peter Oundjian, Music Director of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, continues to make his mark as one of today’s most exciting faces on the conducting scene. Through his communicative gifts on and off the podium, Oundjian’s concerts draw capacity audiences. His probing musicality, collaborative spirit, and engaging personality have earned him accolades from musicians and critics alike.

The Impresario is a short operatic farce about the trials of an opera producer as he deals with the jealousies and rivalries of two competing sopranos. Mozart composed an overture, two soprano arias, a trio and an ensemble finale for the work. The opera itself has not survived as a performance vehicle, but Mozart’s sparkling Overture, in the key of C, has continued to be performed in concert presentations. Filled with sprit and vitality, the piece was lauded by the famed musicologist Alfred Einstein who said, “The finest piece in this occasional work is the witty Overture, which is in the purest buffo style and of which the form is full of surprises; it towers above the occasion for which it was written.”

Performance times
Thu., May 13 at 8:00 p.m.
Fri., May 14 at 10:45 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Sat., May 15 at 8:30 p.m.

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