Solistkoret & conductor Alejandro Pance

The Norwegian Soloists' Choir conducted by the future’s talented conductors

German protest piece and Argentinian rhythms

This spring the talented conductor Alejandro Pance will conduct The Norwegian Soloists' Choir in his final exam at the Norwegian Academy of Music. The program consists of Argentinian folk music and Hanz Werner Henze's protest piece
Orpheus behind the wire.

Freedom though art

The life and music of Hans Werner Henze (1926-2012) was deeply marked by fascism and war. To escape the changing political climate in his native Germany, and being persecuted because of his leftist political ideas he fled to Italy in 1953.

He writes Orpheus behind the wire in 1981-83 as a symbol of freedom through art, based on texts from the British poet and playwright Edward Bond. The protest piece stands in support of persecuted artists, victims of the Argentine military government, with flowing ballet-like music of a refined greek elegance. The myth of Orpheus and Euridice is retold with a 20th-century twist.

Argentinian folk music

Argentinian folk music might not share the popularity as the tango, but that does not make it less beautiful. Instead of the bustling city of Buenos Aires we visit the Pampa, the endless plains extending across Argentina where the Gaucho’s found their home.

These pieces paint the love for the countryside, the freedom of the starry nights and the longing for a place far away. The music of some the leading Argentinian songwriters like Tito Francia (1926-2004) and Carlos Gardel (1890-1935) will be performed in gorgeous arrangements, ranging from tonada, zamba, vals and last but not least, tango.


On this concerts you will get a discount with our benefit program – Solistkortet:

  • 30% discount on concert tickets for you and a friend
  • Seat reservation
  • The card is not personal and can be lent to a friend
  • The season's CD release with The Norwegian Soloists' Choir
  • The Norwegian Soloists' Choir's tote bag

Read more about the benefit program


Dirigent Alejandro Pance

Argentinian Alejandro Pance studies choral conducting at the Norwegian Academy of Music with Professor Grete Pedersen. Pance has conducted well known choirs as The Argentinian National Choir, Rundfunk-Jugendchor Wernigerode and Tous Ensemble. His interpretation of Arnold Schönberg's Pierrot Lunaire was received with great recognition in Argentina in 2017 and in 2020 Pance received the Noël Minet Fund stipend. Alejandro has participated in master classes with André Merwe, Ariel Alonso, Florian Helgath, Romāns Vanags, Paavo Järvi, Riccardo Muti and Douglas Bostock.

Det Norske Solistkor

The Norwegian Soloists' Choir is an innovative young ensemble, steeped in a rich history. As one of Europe's leading chamber choirs, they perform spectacular concerts in Norway and abroad, in concert halls and churches, in caravans and in abandoned factory venues. The Norwegian Soloists' Choir consists of 26 hand-picked, professional singers who have a tremendous ability to blend their voices, resulting in a highly distinctive choral expression. Along with its celebrated artistic leader Grete Pedersen, the choir achieves ambitious artistic goals through constant development.

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