Norwegian composer and music critic Pauline Hall was a prominent figure in the cultural life in Norway during the early part of the 20th. The orchestral piece Foire is a part of her impressionistic Verlain suite from 1929. For his opera Intermezzo Richard Strauss wrote his own libretto based on events from his marriage, the subject matter being a misunderstanding between him and his wife that almost led to divorce. The work’s stylish entr’acte has become especially popular. The concert will conclude with Antonín Dvořák’s airy and life-affirming sixth symphony. The young Czech musician Petr Popelka, principal conductor of the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, will be at the helm of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra.

The concert will be broadcasted in the Swedish Radio P2 on March 17 at 7:03 pm.




The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra is known worldwide as one of Europe’s most versatile orchestras with an exciting and varied repertoire and a constant striving to break new ground The multi-award-winning orchestra has been praised for its exceptional, wide-ranging musicianship as well as collaborations with the world’s foremost composers, conductors and soloists.

Permanent home of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra since 1979 is Berwaldhallen, the Swedish Radio’s concert hall. In addition to the audience in the hall, the orchestra reaches many many listeners on the radio and the web and through it´s partnership with EBU. Several concerts are also broadcast and streamed on Berwaldhallen Play and with Swedish Television, offering the audience more opportunities to come as close as possible to one of the world’s top orchestras.

“The orchestra has a unique combination of humility, sensibility and musical imagination”, says Daniel Harding, Music Director of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra since 2007. “I have never had a concert with the orchestra where they haven’t played as though their lives depended on it!”

The first radio orchestra was founded in 1925, the same year that the Swedish Radio Service began its broadcasts. The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra received its current name in 1967. Through the years, the orchestra has had several distinguished Music Directors. Two of them, Herbert Blomstedt and Esa-Pekka Salonen, have since been appointed Conductors Laureate.

Within just a few seasons, Petr Popelka has established himself as one of the most inspiring young conductors. He will become Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, starting his tenure in September 2022, and has been Chief Conductor of the Norwegian Radio Orchestra (KORK) since August 2020.

As a guest conductor Petr Popelka will make debuts in the coming seasons with orchestras such as the Gewandhausorchester, Staatskapelle Berlin, Bamberger Symphoniker, SWR Symphonieorchester, WDR Sinfonieorchester, RundfunkSinfonieorchester Berlin, Orchestra sinfonica nazionale della RAI, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. He will return to the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, Wiener Symphoniker (TV concert „Spring in Vienna“), Danish National Symphony Orchestra and Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. Operatic engagements will take him to Den Norske Opera, Oslo, for a new production of Strauss’s Elektra, and to Semperoper Dresden for Shostakovich’s The Nose. Together with his orchestras from Prague and Oslo, he will perform Schönberg’s monumental Gurre-Lieder.

Previous debuts include the Czech Philharmonic, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester, hrSinfonieorchester, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie and Mozarteumorchester Salzburg. In the 2019/2020 season, Petr Popelka was the first ever Conductor Fellow of the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester. Having devoted himself increasingly to conducting since 2016, his new career path was particularly encouraged and nurtured by Vladimir Kiradjiev and Alan Gilbert. He acquired his music education both in his hometown of Prague as well as in Freiburg. Between 2010 and 2019 he held the position of deputy principal double bass of the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden. Next to conducting, his work as a composer plays another important role within Petr Popelka’s artistic range.

Approximate concert lenght: 1 h 15 min

Bonus concert on Wednesday March 8: From Aulin to Holst

We have the pleasure of inviting you to a chamber music recital after the concert on the 8th of March. You are most welcome to stay, the performance will begin after a brief interval. The bonusconcert will consist of chamber music by Amanda Maier-Röntgen, Valborg Aulin, Rebecka Clarke, Germaine Tailleferre, and Imogen Holst. A completely female program for the International Womens day.

Karin Eriksson, violin
Frida Hallén Blixt, violin
Ann Christin Wingård Ward, viola
Peter Volpert, cello
Karin Birgersson, presentation (in Swedish)

AMANDA MAIER-RÖNTGEN String quartet in A major I. Andante – 5 minuts
VALBORG AULIN String quartet in F major op.17 no.1
Intermezzo: Allegro con spirito e capriccioso . 3, 30 minuts
GERMAINE TAILLEFERRE String quartet II. Intermede – 3 minuts
IMOGEN HOLST Phantasy Quartet – 10 minuts