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As the winter nights draw in, what better to do on a dark Sunday afternoon than enjoy a live performance of sumptuously romantic music by Brahms, Bruch and Schumann? The next concert by the Orchestre Symphonique Genevois (OSG), taking place at 17h on Sunday, 26 November 2023, in Geneva’s beautiful Victoria Hall, and conducted by Hervé Klopfenstein, will hit just the right spot.
The first piece on the programme is Brahms’ Tragic Overture, the turbulent sister piece to the more ebullient Academic Festival Overture. As the composer himself put it “One is laughing, the other crying." This is followed by Max Bruch’s first violin concerto, one of the most popular concertos in solo violin repertoire. It was first performed in 1866 with Bruch himself conducting. The final piece is Schumann’s 4th Symphony, regarded by many as possibly Schumann's greatest and most masterly work, with thematic material recurring between movements.
Founded in 1977, the Orchestre Symphonique Genevois (OSG) is an ensemble that crosses boundaries: between nationalities, mixing people from the local area with internationals from around the globe; between generations, with musicians from 18 to 80 years of age; and between professions : doctors, physicists, UN staff, historians, librarians, students... and even musicians make up this extraordinary orchestra. They come together under the leadership of professional conductor Hervé Klopfenstein because they share one thing: their love of music.
Upcoming concert program
  • Johannes Brahms : Ouverture tragique op. 81
  • Max Bruch : Concerto pour violon no 1 en sol mineur op. 26
  • Robert Schumann : Symphonie no 4 en re mineur op. 120

button competition150OSG have kindly offered one of our readers the chance to win a double ticket to the Sunday, 26 November 2023 at 17h concert at Victoria Hall in Geneva (value Fr. 90.-/pair of tickets).

Fill out this form and answer this multiple choice question: When was the OSG founded?

Only one entry per person and per email is allowed. The competition closes at midnight on Tuesday, 14 November 2023. The names of all those submitting correct answers will be placed into the digital hat and the winner’s name drawn at random by Wednesday, 15 November 2023. No cash equivalent of prizes is permitted. The winner will be notified by email.

Orchestre Symphonique Genevois
Sunday, 26 November 2023
Held at: Victoria Hall
Rue du Général-Dufour 14
1204 Genève

Tickets range from Fr. 10.- to Fr. 45.- and can be purchased at this link.

Join the OSG
The orchestra is always on the lookout for new string players. So if you play to a decent level and are interested in making music regularly and meeting other musicians, get in touch by email.
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