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Saturday 23 March 19:00

Frogner Church

NOK 250/150

Duration: 90 minutes (30 min. lecture + 60 min. concert)

Photo: Michele Lischi




The concert is introduced with a lecture on endangered bird species by Sverre Lundemo from WWF Verdens naturfond.

Sixty minutes of organ music dedicated to our feathered friends. Birds are the common thread through Aaron Carpenè's concert programme, which includes both original organ works and music rearranged for the organ. We meet nightingales, swans and other birds in works by Liszt, Frescobaldi, Saint-Saëns, di Lasso, and of course the ornithologist and composer Messiaen. With a gleam in his eye, Carpenè has also included a work by William Byrd. The concert is accompanied by recordings of real bird calls. The programme was put together for the Vrystaat International Arts Festival in South Africa in 2017, a festival focusing on social and environmental challenges. Carpenè's Birds is dedicated especially to endangered species, and has the cape vulture as a mascot.

Aaron Carpenè presents a new work based on statistics from WWF. The audience follows graphs on the big screen, while organ music illustrates the evolution of the bird populations.

The concert is introduced with a lecture on endangered bird species by Sverre Lundemo from WWF Verdens naturfond.

Aaron Carpenè was born in Australia of Italian parents and is a diverse artist: conductor, organist, pianist and early music specialist. He is a musical bridge builder and pioneer in intercultural productions. Among other projects, he has arranged Handel's Acis and Galatea in Bhutan with traditional Bhutanese music, dance and costumes (Opera Bhutan) and Japan Orfeo – Monteverdi with a Japanese twist. Carpenè's projects start with rare manuscripts and result in amazing recordings and productions. As conductor, soloist and ensemble musician he has collaborated with a number of well-known names around the world, including Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin. Carpenè studied first at the University of Western Australia before beginning at the Conservatorio di Musica Benedetto Marcello di Venezia.

Supported by WWF Verdens naturfond.


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