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Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra

Registration date: 2006-05-08
Country: Norway Norway
City: Bergen
Address: Bergen Filharmoniske Orkester, E. GRiegsplass 1
Telephone: 55216100
Fax: 55318534
Homepage: http://www.filharmonien.no
Contact language(s): norwegian, english
Contact e-mail: post@harmonien.no

Description
Norway's Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra was established in 1765 under the name Det Musicalske Selskab (The Musical Society), and is one of the world's oldest orchestral institutions. It performs some 110 concerts a year, and is based at the 1,500-seat Grieg Hall in Bergen. It later changed its name to Musikselskabet Harmonien and it is often referred to as "Harmonien" (the Harmony) by Bergen's citizens.

The orchestra has had a long tradition of playing contemporary music. Ludwig Van Beethoven's second symphony was performed in Bergen in the year it was published, 1804 - even before it was performed in Berlin. Bergen-born composer Edvard Grieg had close ties with the orchestra, and was artistic director from 1880 to 1882. He also bequeathed a portion of his estate to a fund which continues to provide financial support for the orchestra.

Many members of the orchestra teach at the Grieg Academy of Music, which is a music conservatory within the University of Bergen.
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