International Student Blog

Student Symphony Night

In my ongoing quest to experience some of the activities available to the new (and current) students at UiB, I attended a free concert last Friday – stay tuned for my next post to see if I made any new friends at Tuesday the 27th of January’s ESN “Speed-friending”event! I don’t think I made any friends at the symphony, unfortunately – sorry if you were there and I annoyed you with my incessant photography!


My friend Marion and I arrived early and scored some excellent seats while the other students filtered in around us.



On Friday, the 23rd of January, the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra performed Anton Bruckner’s 5th Symphony, conducted by Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, at Grieghallen. The concert was packed with students and the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and Stanislaw Skrowaczewski brought them to their feet at the end of the performance.


A standing ovation at the end of the symphony.



I am new to the symphony for the most part, and this was a powerful experience. Seeing a group of such talented musicians, playing in concert was both auditorially and visually arresting. The bows of the violins and cellos danced in time as the music lilted, soared, and stormed.


A view of the audience enjoying the performance



Frederike, an Erasmus student here for one semester from Germany shared a little of her experience, “It was a very nice concert, I really enjoyed it. It is a wonderful idea to organize such events for students without an entrance fee, otherwise most of the students wouldn’t have been there. So it is a good way to bring classic music to the “younger generation”. Otherwise, I think it would have been nice if it was a more popular symphony. The 5th symphony of Bruckner is not soooo popular I think, is it? But I really enjoyed the evening and all of my friends did as well. If there is a second evening like that we will go there again.”





If you missed this performance but would like to attend a symphony performed by the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, cheaper tickets are available for some shows for students or for people under 30 years old. Some of the many interesting upcoming options include  a symphonic video game music concert and Don Giovanni, both in March. Come see Beethoveen’s Ninth or maybe Peter and the Wolf in April, or watch Fantasia the movie while the orchestra plays live, in May!




And I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Bergen’s own Edvard Grieg (composer and pianist and, yes you guessed it, Grieghallen itself is named for him)! Grieg’s Forbidden Symphony is coming soon – in February.


Edvard Grieg



Griegshallen hosts more than just symphonies. To view all event at Grieghallen, you can click here, but get that translator ready, this site is in Norwegian.

What other activities are you enjoying in Bergen? Comment below.


Still need stuff to do?

28th of January – GAMES NIGHT 

The International Students Union will host the first of two game nights of the International Days! 7pm at Klubb Fantoft


The Student Parliament at UiB hosts one more games night. They will start off with a short presentation of international student rights in Norway. There will be FREE FOOD. 7pm at Stjernesalen/Kvarteret

The events above are part of the International Student Days from ESN Bergen, International Students Union of Bergen (ISU) and Studentparlamentet UiB.

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