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On Wednesday night, Queen Sonja of Norway participated in her first official engagement after her summer season vacation when she was current on the opening live performance of the Norwegian Philharmonic Orchestra.
It was an incredible occasion when Klaus Mäkelä, for the primary time, led the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra within the Oslo Live performance Corridor as chief conductor. As a result of COVID-19 pandemic in Norway, there was solely a possibility for 200 friends to attend the efficiency, and tickets for the live performance had been offered out in document time. Beneath regular situations, Oslo Live performance Corridor has the power to seat 1,400 individuals.
Her Majesty additionally met the brand new conductor, Klaus Mäkelä. Klaus Mäkelä is a Finnish conductor who has been a visitor conductor on the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra since 2018 and was appointed as the brand new chief conductor starting in 2020. He was born in 1996 and is, subsequently, the youngest chief conductor of a European philharmonic orchestra.
Finnish Sauli Zinoviev has distinguished himself during the last decade as an orchestral composer of worldwide format. The live performance opened along with his new orchestral work, commissioned by the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra.
Through the live performance, Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 was additionally performed. The symphony is a celebration of taking part in collectively and the proper work to start a musical collaboration. Mahler did one thing fully new with the symphony format. He drew inspiration from poetry and people poetry and embraced fashionable cultural sources of inspiration reminiscent of army music, yodelling and youngsters’s songs.
Queen Sonja loves classical music. Her Majesty is often current a number of occasions a yr at numerous live shows that the orchestra holds. It has additionally been customary each August for the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra to carry a big free live performance outdoors of the Royal Palace. Nevertheless, this can’t be performed this yr as a result of pandemic.
Final yr, the Queen was a visitor of honour when the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra celebrated its 100th anniversary. Then, Queen Sonja gave a speech by which she stated: “An anniversary is a chance to mirror on the previous but additionally to look forward. Classical music is about custom but additionally about innovation. It’s about renewing to protect.”