St. Olav Festival is organizing a support concert for the people of Gaza, with the Palestinian artist Rim Banna and the Trondheim Soloists.
Rim Banna is one of the most famous Palestinian artists, and has released several albums, also in co-operation with Kirkelig Kulturverksted in Norway. During the “Arab Spring” her music became part of the soundtrack for the struggle for democracy.
The Trondheim Soloists (TrondheimSolistene) has established themselves as an internationally acclaimed chamber orchestra since 1988. They have succeeded at home as well as abroad with their tours and recordings, including Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with Anne-Sophie Mutter in 1999. They won a Norwegian Grammy Award both in 2006 and 2010 in the category of classical music. The discography of the ensemble includes 17 releases.
The entire ticket revenues from the concert will go to the prosthetic workshop in Gaza.
– We wish to give money to a specific cause. This prosthetic workshop did not even have money to pay their employees before the war started, and now the situation is significantly worse, says Director of St. Olav Festival, Petter Fiskum Myhr, to Adresseavisen. He adds that the theme for this year’s festival is PEOPLE, and they want to focus on people’s situation both at home and abroad.
– So many people are upset about what is happening in Gaza and wants to help. By attending the concert they can both hear Rim Banna and they can help, encourages Myhr.