Some kind of diary
SISU with our friends from HCMC, Vietnam, at Parkteateret, Oslo.
(photo Knut Utler)
Two joyful weeks , hosting our friends and colleagues from Ho Chi Minh City conservatory, recently came to an end. The teachers and students had a hectic schedule on their stay in Oslo, and despite the bad weather this time of year, we hope they left Norway with lots of inspiration and good experiences.
Sharing a concert with SISU, and two concerts with students from the Norwegian academy of music, they captivated the audience displaying brilliant musicianship in the pieces ”Kuka” and ”Table music”.
Beside the concerts, the main focus were on workshops and lessons in different areas of percussion.
Workshops were given by: Bjørn Løken(Norwegian Academy of mus.), Jonas Blomqvist (Norwegian opera orchestra), Arild Torvik (Army Staff band of Norway), Birger Mistereggen (Norwegian Radio orchestra).
The students were also given lessons by members of SISU.
Our guests expressed great enthusiasm for the workshops and the sincere generousity shown by the teachers. So thank you to all our friends and colleagues for their good spirit, and for making this a memorable stay for our guests!!
Thanks also to Rolf Lennart Stensø, chief of the Radio orchestra, for giving the guys a ”grand tour” around the broadcasting house, and for having them attend rehearsals with the broadcasting orchestra.
”All work and no fun makes Jack a dull boy”, as the saying goes, and the same goes for us. So despite the hectic schedule, time was found for evenings at the Norwegian opera house, where the guys attended two performances.
Tomas also arranged dinner at his house serving the nicest dishes, making everyone feel at home and comfortable. A really memorable evening
One of the highlights for the guys was when familymembers living in Denmark took time off for a stay in Oslo, and attended one of the conerts. Travelling half way around the world only to be met by your family sure feels nice☺
The whole stay was rounded off with a dinner given by Geir Johnson and Nina Hodneland from Transposition. This whole stay, with all its elements would not have been possible without them. Transposition is the organisation that financed everything from hotels to workshops, and Nina did a tremendous job organizing flights, hotels and what not. So Thank you a lot!! Is been a pleasure☺