One of Sweden’s most respected orchestras is bringing an all-Beethoven program to the Moss Arts Center. The Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra of Sweden will perform with guest violinist Catherine Manoukian on Feb. 3 at 4 p.m.

The performance will be held in the Moss Arts Center’s Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre, located within the Street and Davis Performance Hall at 190 Alumni Mall.

The Beethoven pieces featured in this program will include the “Egmont Overture,” op. 84 and Symphony no. 3 in E-flat major, “Eroica,” op. 55. Manoukian joins the orchestra for a performance of Violin Concerto in D major, op. 61.

One of the country’s oldest orchestras, the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra of Sweden was founded in 1912. Its principal conductors have included Sten Frykberg, John Frandsen, Okko Kamu, and Andrew Manze, who has recorded symphonies by Beethoven and Brahms with the orchestra. In addition to regular guest appearances on major Scandinavian stages in Stockholm, the orchestra has had many successes at prominent European venues, including three recent sold-out concerts in Vienna and the Great Festival Hall in Salzburg.

Swedish-born Stefan Solyom has served as the orchestra’s principal conductor since 2014. Also serving as the general music director of the Deutsches Nationaltheater and Staatskapelle Weimar, Solyom has appeared on a regular basis with the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra since 1998, when he was 19 years old. He has developed a strong relationship with the orchestra through years of frequent, intense collaboration and, together, they combine the traditional with the iconoclastic, finding fresh and unique ways of expanding musical horizons, while respecting the origins of the works.

Violinist Catherine Manoukian began her career at age 12 with a Vancouver Symphony debut and has been praised for her innate musicality and imaginative artistry on orchestral, chamber music, and recital stages. She maintains an extensive discography and recently recorded the Brahms Violin and Double Concertos with the Helsingborg Symphony and cellist Jakob Koranyi.

Directly before the performance by the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra of Sweden, Solyom, principal conductor of the ensemble, will participate in a talk moderated by James Glazebrook, associate professor of music in Virginia Tech’s School of Performing Arts. The talk begins at 3 p.m. in the Moss Arts Center Cube. The event is free and open to the public, but admission is first-come, first-served. To guarantee your spot, register online.


Tickets for the performance are $40-$75 for general public and $10 for students and youth 18 and under. Tickets can be purchased online; at the Moss Arts Center's box office, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; or by calling 540-231-5300 during box office hours.

Parking is available in the North End Parking Garage on Turner Street. Virginia Tech faculty and staff possessing a valid Virginia Tech parking permit can enter and exit the garage free of charge. Limited street parking is also available. Parking on Alumni Mall is free on weekdays after 5 p.m. and on weekends.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Kacy McAllister at 540-231-5300 or email during regular business hours.

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