Festival Theme: Mammon

MAMMON: Money or material wealth associated with the greedy pursuit of gain. From Late Latin mammona ‎“wealth,” from Hellenistic Ancient Greek μαμωνᾶς, from Aramaic ממונא, “riches.” Compare with Hebrew מָמוֹן “money, property, capital” — Wiktionary

A force of twenty-eight Conspirare singers and Craig Hella Johnson have been invited to the annual Trondheim, Norway, festival to premiere a new work by the young Norwegian composer Kim André Arnesen as well as perform in two additional festival programs.

Conspirare’s visit to Norway was fully funded by the St. Olav Festival. Thank you!

06.27.16 Press Release

07.28.16 (7pm), Thursday

Nidaros Cathedral (Nidarosdomen)
Kongsgårdsgata 2 7013 Trondheim, Norway
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The Wound in the Water will be broadcast live (Central European Time Zone) at NRK radio at: https://radio.nrk.no/


Kim André Arnesen

Conspirare opens the festival with the world premiere of The Wound in the Water, an hour-long choral symphony for choir, strings, soprano soloist and harp by Kim André Arnesen (b. 1980). Libretto by poet Euan Tait

“Mammon is a symbol for the pursuit of money, profit and material wealth. I have approached the theme on three different levels: how we forfeit ourselves as well as personal relationships, the capacity for love and charity in the rat race. I also try to show how this destructive process inflicts injuries on Mother Earth, hence the title.”

— Kim André Arnesen (from olavsfestdagene.no/en/)

Read excerpts from the libretto, courtesy of author Euan Tait.

07.29.16 (11am), Friday

Nidaros Cathedral (Nidarosdomen)
Kongsgårdsgata 2 7013 Trondheim, Norway

St. Olaf Mass

07.30.16 (6pm), Saturday

Vår Frue Kirke Trondheim
Kongens gate 5, 7011 Trondheim, Norway

Conspirare Recital

Music by William Averritt, Samuel Barber,  Ēriks Ešenvalds, Craig Hella Johnson, Alfred Paulson, Kevin Puts, Jean Sibelius and more

Artists Performing
Conspirare Singers


Pictured upper right: Nidaros Cathedral (Nidarosdomen)

Season Sustaining Underwriter

Season Sustaining Underwriter

07.29.16, Friday

Archbishop’s Palace Courtyard (open air)

07.30.16 (6pm), Saturday

Vår Frue Church