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Today – Café de Concert has become the atelier and concert gallery of the young and multitalented pianist and composer Aksel Kolstad. It took him 10 years to brand this concept and turn it into one of the most original and innovating classical concepts in the world. Here´s the story behind……

The Idea

The origin and still driving force behind Café de Concert is to present classical music to a larger audience. The genre has by no means the same appeal as pop, rock or jazz. Creating a more relaxed atmosphere, and not to forget Kolstad´s magical ability to present classical music with humor and showmanship, it all results in a more intimate and fun concert format than the traditional solemn style. The idea that classical music can once again become popular music, the way it once was, is the motivation behind the concept Café de Concert.

Classical concerts at cafés – Café de Concert recruits musicians, both students and professionals, to play classical music for the people. The goal is to stimulate as well as strengthen everyone’s interest in classical music. The level of musicianship is high, and with a relaxed, positive atmosphere, between the pieces, it is possible to have a cup of coffee, have something to eat or perhaps talk with the person sitting beside you.

Café de Concert is an arena for all creative arts. In addition to musical performances, there are regular arts exhibitions and ballet/modern dance performances directed by CdC.

 

1381481_10152337480376674_3900738475395984325_nWe hosted yet another successful book launch on Tuesday, was a wonderful event where Aksel performed while the author Anne Kristine Bergem read from her book “Da pappa fikk kreft”. All in collaboration with Kreftforeningen (Cancer-foundation in Norway).10629708_10152337487746674_3622047615029700208_n

And on Thureday, we had our next door neighbours over for an…orange concert (?) – “Naboen.no” on the top of their feet after Aksel’s performance!bilde

 

10628589_10152328569321674_3526754887920687509_nCafé de Concert just after the doors opened, people came falling in the door to experience this NYC style launching of Jan-Erik Fjell´s new book! Rovdyret / The Predator. Success!10672177_10152328867106674_2860991066100901683_n

10653555_10152299440401674_8292444756414880640_nAfter a magnificent summer holiday we started this semester with a big bang and hosted the Estonian President as he chose to locate his State visit to Norway to Café de Concert just before having dinner with His Majesty the King of Norway at the Royal Palace. Aksel is quite the celebrity in Estonia, the President also wanted Aksel to perform for him and his government colleagues – and so he did!

Right before summer it was a REALLY hectic time for Café de Concert, hosting and customizing HUGE events like these below, amongst several other of the same caliber…..Stay tuned for more crazy Café de Concert events!

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Stay tuned for more crazy Café de Concert events! PS: are you coming to this one?!?

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DAU_0789-Edit-EditProud to announce yet again that Coca-Cola is one of our new partners! And what a blast we had on May 15th when we launched the collaboration!!

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Nanna and Hans Christian from Coca-Cola :)
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Artist painter Karina Paulen in front of her magnificent Coca-Cola artwork!

Earlier that week we hosted MPI, a superb networking group that Café de Concert embraces with big affection! You´ll see them around at Café de Concert, DON´T miss the next time they will be coming!!
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There is SO much business thourgh MPI for YOUR company!10305974_10152068825926674_6590541316761092674_n

 

On May 16th we hosted a kick ass exhibition by two Swedish artists who call their art RockArt. And their artwork really rocks, check it out!10274259_10152087785346674_1226607830262499680_n1907653_10152107649266674_2072209861242999002_n10301352_10152088264251674_9033518412878169312_n

 

People went crazy! We LOVE that!!
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