For three weeks, starting Thursday 12 November, at 21.00 CET, the Oslo Philharmonic is resuming Mellomspill [“Interlude”] –  a series of short concerts which will be streamed on the orchestra’s websitefacebook and youtube channel – in order to fill the void whilst events with audiences are banned due to the spread of Covid 19.­
­­­­The Norwegian Government’s announcement last Friday to close all public venues in the capital, came during the orchestra’s Beethoven anniversary celebrations. Determined not to see yet another curtailment of the composer’s birthday, the Oslo Philharmonic has moved its concerts online, commencing today with a performance of Beethoven Symphony No. 1 conducted by Juanjo Mena. Joining Mena and the orchestra on Sunday 15 November is soloist Paul Lewis for a performance of Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4 and on Thursday 19 November conductor Eivind Gullberg Jensen takes over the reigns for a performance of Beethoven Symphony No. 7
­­­­Klaus Mäkelä returns to Oslo for the continuation of his first season as Chief Conductor, abandoning the previously announced programme focused around Sibelius Symphony No. 2, for one which involves reduced forces. Purcell March from Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary and Haydn Symphony No. 49 La Passione will be streamed on Thursday 26 November and Schumann Symphony No. 2 will follow on Thursday 3 December