A Pioneer and Her Role Model

  1. Piano Concerto No. 2
  2. On the Cliffs of Cornwall
  3. Enigma Variations
  1. Joshua Weilerstein conductor
  2. Kirill Gerstein piano

Music by English Ethel Smyth and her ideal and opponent of opinion Johannes Brahms.

Johannes Brahms (1833–1897) was the soloist himself when his Piano Concerto No. 2 was premiered in 1881, 20 years after he composed the first. The concert was an immediate success with its gripping melodies and powerful mood shifts and is just as popular today.

Ethel Smyth (1858−1944) defied a reluctant father and the conventions of the day to pursue her dream of becoming a composer. In 1887 she went to Leipzig to meet with composers such as Grieg, Tchaikovsky, and Brahms. Smyth was often provoked by Brahms’ opinions, but he still remained a role model for her. On the Cliffs of Cornwall is the prelude to Act II of the opera The Wreckers of 1906.

Edward Elgar’s (1857−1934) Enigma Variations were premiered in London in 1899 and became his international breakthrough. Each of the variations describes one of Elgar’s family members or friends and is based on enigmatic musical themes never revealed by the composer.

This concert is sold out.


  • Adult: 150 - 540 NOK
  • Senior: 150 - 430 NOK
  • Student: 150 - 270 NOK
  • Child: 150 NOK

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