Louisiana Sinfonietta to open season with cool music

Get ready for some cooler music.

“Scandinavia has such beautiful music, but we don’t always have the opportunity to hear it,” says Dinos Constantinides, founder and director of the Louisiana Sinfonietta. “So, we want to bring this beautiful music to the community.”

And that’s what the Sinfonietta will do with its first concert of the 2013-14 season on Sept. 29, which features Norwegian husband and wife duo, violinist-violist Espen Lilleslatten and violinist Renata Arado.

The concert will mark the couple’s second performance with the Sinfonietta. This time, the duo will perform Swedish composer Kurt Atterberg’s “Suite No. 3 for Violin and Viola.”

“Espen and I are so happy to return as a duo with the Sinfonietta, this time playing the music of … Atterberg,” Arado says in a written statement. “(He) is rarely played outside of Scandinavia, (and) his music is quite lyrical and elegiac in style, balancing between sounding romantic and impressionable.”

Arado and Lilleslatten moved to Baton Rouge in 2009 from Norway, where they performed together for 15 years. Lilleslatten was concertmaster and Arado was principle second violin in the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra.

Lilleslatten is now a professor of violin in the LSU School of Music, and he and Arado often perform at festivals and chamber music concerts throughout the world.

“It’s very cold in Scandinavia, but their music is very hot,” Constantinides says, laughing.

In addition to the Atterberg selection, the Sinfonietta’s program line-up will feature “ Two Elegiac Melodies” by Norwegian composer, Edvard Grieg, “Valse Triste” by Finnish composer Jean Sibelius and the Mozart “Horn Concerto No.1” with Seth Orgel.

Orgel is a French horn professor in the LSU School of Music and a member of the Atlantic Brass Quintet.

Lilleslatten also will also be performing Constantinides’ “Violin Concerto No. 2.”