Attracts audiences. Alexander Rybak made sure that the New Year concert was sold out for the first time since the premiere in 1994.
Steinkjer: TrondheimSolistene has played a New Year concert every year since 1994 at Dampsaga culture house. But it was only with their 24th attempt that they could enter the stage in front of a sold out venue.
Source: Trønderavisa, published 5.1.2017. Text and Photo: Per-Magne Midjo. Translated by Jorunn Ekre, revision by Anni Jowett.
The reason was probably the guest artist. A certain Eurovision winner from 2009. Not strange at all that last night ended with Fairytale, which spellbound Europe from the Eurovision stage in Moscow. Yesterday it was performed in front of 390 people at Dampsaga.
– A powerful experience. The fact we can sell out a culture house with the main emphasis on classical music is amazing. It only proves that a good melody is important to people.
-The last time I played in Steinkjer was at the Viking festival. It was the summer after we won in Moscow, says Alexander Rybak.
The culture school opened
As usual it was the students at the culture school in Steinkjer that had the honour of opening the New Year’s concert playing together with TrondheimSolistene. An important experience for children and young people who spend much time learning to play musical instruments. At the same time a fun experience seeing professional musicians close up.
After a “solo number” with TrondheimSolistene, with a concerto for string orchestra by the female Polish composer Grazyna Bacewicz, Alexander Rybak entered the stage.
Together they went straight to Sven Nyhus’ legendary “Bergrosa”, hitting the bull’s-eye at Hilmar-land .
– Bergrosa is a wonderful composition that I love to play. I have arranged the version that was played here tonight. And with the great TrondheimSolistene “joining the game”, it turned out very well, bragged Rybak.
Two of the ones playing with TrondheimSolistene at Dampsaga, were Anne Våg Aaksnes from Snåsa and Erling Skaufel from Steinkjer. The latter one at home with his work for the first time in years. Both are veterans in TrondheimSolistene. Aaknes has played in the orchestra for 10 years, Skaufel for 20.
Great with a sold out venue. And it’s a lot of fun playing with Alexander Rybak. He is a very capable violinist who masters various genres. We at TrondheimSolistene have tried doing the same for many years, said the two of them smiling. Everyone at Dampsaga Culture house can definitely endorse that TrondheimSolistene are masters of variation. It was enough to experience the power from “Fairytale”.
But neither TrondheimSolistene nor Alexander Rybak rest on their laurels. Already on Saturday night they’re at Festiviteten in Levanger for another New Year’s concert. Then with the guitar hero Jørgen Skogmo on classical guitar as an extra spice.
-Things are “rolling” now. I really enjoy myself nowadays, and I have a pleasing success with the children’s book “Trolle and the Magic Fiddle”, which has already sold 30 000 copies. It includes music with accompanying CDs. Life is good, asserted Alexander Rybak at Dampsaga Culture house yesterday.
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