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Wintershall Norge signs partnership with Stavanger Symphony Orchestra Wintershall Norge and the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra (SSO) have entered into a three-year co-operation agreement from January 2015. / Wintershall supports one of Scandinavia’s most exciting orchestras.

Stavanger Symphony Orchestra

Photo: SSO/Emile Ashley

Stavanger. Wintershall has a strong commitment to promoting arts and culture in the areas where it operates and is therefore happy to announce a three-year partnership with Stavanger Symphony Orchestra. This is built on the idea that investing in local arts is an expression of social commitment and of actively contributing to quality of life in the community.

“Partnership and commitment are extremely important for Wintershall. We seek a close connection with the regions in which our company is active. With our Norwegian main office in Stavanger we feel a close connection with the city and are proud to offer our support to the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra”, says Bernd Schrimpf, Managing Director of Wintershall Norge.

SSO has become one of the most successful orchestras in Scandinavia. In recent years it has achieved major artistic development, both inside and outside Norway. In the autumn of 2012, the orchestra moved into its new home, Stavanger’s new concert hall. The leading Venezuelan conductor Christian Vásquez is the orchestra’s Chief Conductor, while the Italian violinist and conductor, Fabio Biondi, is the Artistic Leader for Baroque and Classical music.

Director of the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, Trude Marit Risnes, is pleased to announce the new partnership with Wintershall.  

“This partnership will enable both Wintershall and SSO to strengthen our shared values of creativity and openness. We are proud and pleased to have reached an agreement with a company that takes cultural responsibility and sees that a professional orchestra like SSO can provide Wintershall with important experience as well as strengthen its corporate culture and the Wintershall brand. This will be rewarding!” says Risnes. 

The partnership goes beyond music on the stage, as it enables both organisations to actively utilise each other’s competencies and together create new ideas, concepts and activities. From 2015, the two organisations will work together to search for ways to nourish talent. 

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Wintershall Holding GmbH, based in Kassel, Germany, is a wholly owned subsidiary of BASF in Ludwigshafen. The company has been active in the extraction of natural resources for 120 years, and in the exploration and production of crude oil and natural gas for over 80 years. Wintershall focuses on selected core regions where the company has built up a high level of regional and technological expertise. These are Europe, Russia, North Africa, South America, and increasingly the Middle East region. The company wants to expand its business further with exploration and production, selected partnerships, innovation and technological competence. The company employs more than 2,500 staff worldwide from 40 nations and is now Germany’s largest crude oil and natural gas producer. 

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