Concert at Mine 7

War and peace

Gruve 7


June 8, 2019

9:00 pm

In contrast to the grit of the inside of the mining hall, Henning Kraggerud and The Arctic Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra will perform beautiful music that was composed during the closing months of the Second World War.

Imagine leaving the centreof Longyearbyen, traveling to the top of the Mine 7 mountain. We will take inthe stunning view over Adventdalen before entering the hall of Longyearbyen’s only working mine.

By 1944, Richard Strauss' was not in good health and he needed to visit the Swiss spa at Baden near Zurich. However, he was unable to get permission to travel abroad from the Nazi government. Some of his friends and music colleagues Karl Böhm, Paul Sacher and Willi Schu, decided to help him, by planning to get the travel permit: a commission from Sacher and invitation to the premier in Zurich. The commission was made in a letter from Bohm on 28 August 1944 for a "suite for strings". Strauss replied that he had been working for some time on an adagio for 11 strings.

In addition to Strauss captivating music, the musicians will also perform some of the movements from Henning Kraggerud's composition Equinox - taking you through the changing times of a day.

Longyearbyen Fotoklubb will contribute with photos taken with the festival's theme Changes, in mind.


Henning Kraggerud, movements 1, 7, 18, 22 and 25from Equinox. Listen on Spotify.

Richard Strauss, Metamorphosen - a study for 23 solo strings

Durata: ca 60 min


Artistic Director: Henning Kraggerud, violin

Arctic Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra

Photographers from Longyearbyen Photo Club


This concert is part of the complete package tour and the festival package.

If you want to purchase single tickets, you can order from the link below.


Adult: 450,-*

Fastboende (tilbud gjelder til 1. juni): 360,-*

Student/child: 300,-*

*Bus transport from/to COOP included.

20:00 Transport from COOP to Gruve 7

21:00 Concert start

Bus transport back to COOP after concert, approximately 22.00

Kraggerud: K. Kikkas
Eva Grøndal / Grøndal Foto

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