Sweden & Japan
That nature is important in both Japanese and Swedish culture is clearly visible in both country’s music. Nature goes as a red thread through this concert where the Japanese amateur choir Hagi visits the Swedish Radio Choir. It will be a meeting with nature as a common denominator and the ability of the music to heal and give strength.
The Swedish Radio Choir is like a leading mountaineer in the world of music. The choir’s former chief conductor Peter Dijkstra has described the ensemble as “the group that leaves base camp first and stakes out the course for others to follow.” Three hundred years of Swedish a cappella tradition, combined with an ambitious and culturally diverse repertoire with some of the world’s finest conductors, has established the Swedish Radio Choir as one of the foremost ensembles of its kind. The 32 professional singers are as equally at home in completely new music by today’s most exciting composers as they are in classic favourites from the rich international treasure trove. Through the Swedish Radio’s broadcasts and website the choir not only reaches concert audiences but also radio listeners everywhere.