Luxurious opera cinema with live transmission

Benjamin Britten’s opera Noye's Fludde from Sveriges Radios Koncertsal, Berwaldhallen, and the America top-conductor Alan Gilbert in a conversation with Nikolaj Koppel

Saturday 24 August 2019 at 16:00 The Queen's Hall
Berwaldhallen, Alan Gilbert and Nikolaj Koppel

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At The Black Diamond, The Royal Library has invited the head conductor of NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester, the violinist and former music director of New York Philharmonic, the internationally recognised American conductor Alan Gilbert to a conversation with Nikolaj Koppel, who is an entrepreneur, pianist, former head of P2 (the classical music radio channel of Danmarks Radio) and assistant director and music director at Tivoli in Copenhagen.

Both of them are part of the international music scene and throughout their long-standing careers both of them have striven to create and produce exceptional classical music in cooperation with some of the greatest artists in the world.

Alan Gilbert as music director and head conductor of New York Philharmonic – and now as head conductor of NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester; and Nikolaj Koppel as a recognised classical concert pianist and music director for Tivolis Koncertsal in Copenhagen.

The two musicians will talk about the art of interpreting and opening up classical music. How does one make the old masterpieces attractive to a modern audience? Along with New York Philharmonic, Alan Gilbert has created a renewed international interest in the music of Carl Nielsen, whose compositions play an important role in the music collection of The Royal Danish Library. In his career as a concert pianist, Koppel has also reinterpreted Carl Nielsen, and as music director he has worked with the major classics.

The two international musical profiles will also talk about the Östersjöfestival (Baltic Sea Festival) and its focus on sustainability and environmental awareness. Can music and culture create increased attention regarding the most urgent issues of our age? What is the specific attitude of the two artists towards these present problem areas? Can we save the Baltic through the emotional force of music and transnational cooperation?

A different concert experience

After the conversation, there will be a live transmission from Sveriges Radios Koncertsal, Berwaldhallen, where Benjamin Britten’s opera Noye’s Fludde, with 250 participating musicians, is being performed. The audience in Dronningesalen will have a unique opportunity to get right up close to the symphony orchestra’s musicians and performers in the filmed production, one which offers a different concert experience.

The live streaming of precisely Noye’s Fludde about the Flood of the Old Testament, with both children and adults taking part, will underscore the general theme of the entire festival – to create a common awareness concerning sustainability in the entire region around the Baltic. 

Östersjöfestival (Baltic Sea Festival)

This year’s Baltic Sea Festival links the countries of the Baltic in a new way. Seven festival days of classical music are to be combined with seven conversations in which some of the most interesting personalities of the region meet to talk about sustainability and music.

The conversations, which are to take place in front of an audience at Hanaholmen in Helsinki, the Arvo Pärt Centre in Tallinn, Hotel Arkipelag in Mariehamn and the national libraries in Riga, Vilnius and Copenhagen, will be transmitted live between the host cities and Sveriges Radios koncertsal Berwaldhallen. After the conversations, the concerts will be streamed live from Berwaldhallen on megascreens to the host cities.

In addition, a selection of lectures and concerts will be shown on the megascreen at Södertörn University, Artipelag in Gustavsberg, Voksenåsen in Oslo and The Nordic House in Reykjavík. All concerts are being transmitted live on Sveriges Radio P2, and a number of them are also being broadcasted to other countries in Europe, including on DR.