Center for the Arts Presents Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra

Posted: March 10, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra
Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra

“There are many ways to look at a masterpiece such as Beethoven’s ‘Eroica,’” explains Andrew Manze, one of today’s leading musicians and musical preservationists. Manze, with the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra (HSO), elucidates an iconic pillar of symphonic repertory – Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 in E flat Major, to answer some of the questions that the symphony has inspired.

Conducted by Manze, the HSO will perform a program titled “The Eroica Effect” at Mason’s Center for the Arts on Sunday, March 30, at 7 p.m.

The program includes Manze sharing a brief history of the symphony before this renowned orchestra performs Beethoven’s monumental composition, allowing audiences to experience “Eroica” with a new appreciation and a genuine sense of discovery.

A pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, will begin 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III.

Principal conductor of the HSO since 2006, Manze has become known for the energy and insight he brings to a remarkable range of music, including baroque, classical and 19th- and 20th-century repertoire.

As a violinist, he specializes in music from 1610 to 1830. Manze teaches, edits and writes about music, and his performances have been broadcasted regularly on radio and television.

Before leading the HSO, Manze was the associate director of the Academy of Ancient Music from 1996 to 2003, and the artistic director of the English Concert from 2003 to 2006. He is currently the artist-in-residence at the Swedish Chamber Orchestra.

Manze has released a number of recordings that have received critical acclaim, including a collaboration with Richard Egarr of the Academy of Ancient Music, which earned the pair a GRAMMY nomination in 2003.

The Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra is one of Scandinavia’s leading, most innovative orchestras, with the reputation of being extremely ambitious and relishing a constant succession of new challenges.

Founded in 1912, the HSO has been recognized internationally since the 1980s.

The 54-member orchestra has a sensitive, carefully cultivated style of playing, with the ability to combine precision with musical zeal to be both dedicated and disciplined. This renders a very distinctive sound: clear, vivacious and expressive.

The HSO performs 70-80 concerts a year, and works regularly with internationally celebrated conductors and soloists who often express their deep appreciation of the orchestra’s professionalism, enthusiasm and warmth.

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