A new Norwegian Opera, KIMEN by Magnar Åm, with libretto by Oda Radoor, based on the dark mooded novel by Tarjei Vesaas (The Seed, 1940) was premiered in Volda on Friday June 8, followed by two more performances. This great new opera, both beautiful and dramatic, was conducted by Lars-Erik ter Jung, who commissioned the piece with Telemark Chamber Orchestra, who also took part in the performance. A good crowd of people enthusiastically received the work, wonderfully sung by 8 main characters, among them Eivind Kandal, Thomas Røshol, Karen Rosenberg Olsen, Magne Fremmerlid and Ingeborg Fangel Mo.
The CD "Chasing Strings" with Telemark Chamber Orchestra, was released this spring. ter Jung conducts the orchesta in contemporary pieces for strings by Norwegian composers - Jan Erik Mikalsen, Magnar Åm and Nils Henrik Asheim
After 2018, Lars-Erik ter Jung is leaving the Telemark Chamber Orchestra, after being their artistic director for more than 25 years.
Lars-Erik ter Jung conducting activities fall of 2018:
August: Seminar (Kirsten Sand Course) for young string players from Russia and Norway in Tromsø.
September: Concert with the Barents based collaboration "Oppstryk Finnmark" in the concerthall of the Murmansk Philharmonie.
September: Concerts with The Telemark Chamber Orchestra, presenting a new piece by Turkish composer Mert Karabey, "Concertino for oboe and strings" with soloist David Strunk, in a varied programme. (Oslo, Skien, Larvik)
October: "Oppstryk Finnmark". The Course provides the possibility for young string players and amateurs to play in orchestra together with teachers and professionals - in this furthest North-East region of Norway. A co-operation with string players from Russia.
November: Tchaikowsky programme with the Vestfold Symphony Orchestra, "Pathétique" and Piano Concerto in B minor with soloist Håvard Gimse. (Sandefjord, Larvik)
November: Performing a varied programme for strings with the Sunnhordland Chamber Orchestra, where young musicians are playing together with their teachers and being coached in orchestra playing.