The Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra´s summer concert on the green pearl of Sagene, Myraløkka, is on the verge of becoming one of early summer´s key festivals in the captital.
When the orchestra´s musicians take their places on stage in order to perform the very last concert of the season in the open air this Sunday in June, it will be the sixth year in a row that the Oslo Philharmonic arranges its outdoor concert on Myraløkka. All you need to do is to bring your blanket and picnic basket, settle down in the grass and listen to great music with this world-class orchestra! In the last few seasons, audience numbers have been estimated to exceed 10,000, and in 2015 even more people were able to enjoy the concert via radio and TV.
The location is well-suited for concerts: the area around the stage is bowl-shaped and forms a natural amphitheatre. It was given its shape in the 1800s, when a brickworks would source clay from the area for the production of bricks. When the clay was used up and the brickworks closed down around the year 1900, the park became a public space for tobogganing in the winter and excursions in the summer.
In the district of Sagene there has long been an awareness of the area´s potential for open-air events. In the last few years, the district has established the Sagene summer concerts as an annual mini festival with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra´s Sunday concert featured as the main event. The concert programme will include a varied selection of the best of classical music.