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EPIPHANY CONCERT 2022

From Verdi to Wagner via Leonard Bernstein and Kate Bush. When the Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Radio Choir and three celebrated soloists celebrate Epiphany with us at Berwaldhallen it will mean festive, traditional, warm, intimate music from the classical orchestral and operatic repertoires, the Swedish folk tradition and popular music. Acclaimed soprano Hanna Husáhr will treat us to Je veux vivre, an aria on the intoxication of youth from Gounod’s opera Romeo and Juliet, and indie vocalist Jennie Abrahamson will be singing her own material and covering Kate Bush. The host for the evening is Jessika Gedin from the talk show Babel, and the concert will be broadcast on the Swedish TV channel 2 SVT on January, Saturday 8 at 7:00 pm.

Tenor Daniel Johansson will replace Michael Weinius due to illness. 

The concert will be broadcasted on Swedish Radio P2 on January, Friday 7 at 7:03 pm.


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At this event, we let in more than 100 visitors, which means scanning of a valid vaccination certificate (EU Digital COVID Certificates) and controll of valid identification. This applies to you over the age of 18 and until any other restrictions take effect.

Participants

 

Sveriges Radios Symfoniorkester. Foto: Julian Hargreaves.

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 orchestra is also proud to have Klaus Mäkelä as its Principal Guest Conductor since 2018.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Swedish Radio Symphony was one of the only orchestras in the world which never stopped playing.  Its innovative and creative approach to making music in these dark times helped its public to cope and even made the news itself.

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 are Herbert Blomstedt and Esa-Pekka Salonen.

Radiokören. Foto: Mattias Ahlm.

For more than 90 years, the Swedish Radio Choir has contributed to the development of the Swedish a cappella tradition. Under the leadership of legendary conductor Eric Ericson, the choir earned great international renown. It is still hailed as one of the best choirs in the world. The choir members’ ability to switch between powerful solo performances and seamlessly integrating themselves in the ensemble creates a unique and dynamic instrument praised by critics and music lovers alike, as well as by the many guest conductors who explore and challenge the choir’s possibilities.

Permanent home of the Swedish Radio Choir since 1979 is Berwaldhallen, the Swedish Radio’s concert hall. In addition to the seated audience, the choir reaches millions of listeners on the radio and the web through Klassiska konserten i P2. Several concerts are also broadcast and streamed on Berwaldhallen Play, offering the audience more opportunities to come as close as possible to one of the world’s top choirs.

With the 2020–2021 season, Kaspars Putniņš begins his tenure as the tenth Music Director of the Swedish Radio Choir. Since January 2019, Marc Korovitch is the choirmaster of the Swedish Radio Choir with responsibility for the ensemble’s continued artistic development. Two of the orchestra’s former Music Directors, Tõnu Kaljuste and Peter Dijkstra, were appointed Conductors Laureate in November 2019. Both maintain a close relationship with the choir and make regular guest appearances.

The Swedish Radio Choir was founded the same year as the Swedish Radio Service began its broadcasts and the choir had its first concert in May 1925. Right from the start, the choir had high ambitions with a conscious aim to perform contemporary music.

Soprano Hanna Husáhr hails from Borlänge and studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, at the Academy of Music and Drama in Gothenburg as well as at the Stockholm Opera Studio. In 2009, she made her operatic debut as Leïla in Les pêcheurs de perles. She has also played Adina in L’elisir d’amore, Romilda in Xerxes and Zerlina in Don Giovanni. In addition, Hanna has a broad concert repertoire that spans the entire period from early baroque to newly written music, and she has worked with conductors such as Leif Segerstam, Pinchas Steinberg, Mikko Franck and Herbert Blomstedt. Hanna received the Jussi Björling prize in 2011, the Christina Nilsson scholarship in 2013, the Mozart Prize in the Stenhammar competition in 2016 and the Birgit Nilsson scholarship in 2017.

Daniel Johansson is a tenor from Braås in the province of Småland, who went from hard rock to opera and was likened to a young Pavarotti by Frankfurter Allgemeine for his interpretation of Rodolfo in Puccini’s La bohème. In 2018, he will be performing at the Royal Swedish Opera in both Puccini’s Tosca and Umberto Giordano’s Fedora, as well as in Carmen at Semperoper Dresden. He has played Melot in Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Daniel Harding, as well as with Orchestre de Paris and Christoph Eschenbach. Johansson trained at the Stockholm University College of Opera and has received numerous awards, among them First Prize and the Audience Prize in the Stenhammar competition.

Approximate concert length: 2 hours 20 minuts including intermission Read more about Your safe visit here. The concert will be broadcasted in SVT.

Programme

Dmitrij Sjostakovitj: Festuvertyr op 96 Charles Gounod: Je veux vivre ur Romeo & Julia Jaakko Mäntyjärvi: Double, double toil and trouble Jennie Abrahamson, arr. M. Schaub: Snowstorm Richard Wagner: Winterstürme wichen dem Wonnemond: Siegmund's Liebeslied ur Valkyrian Trad, arr. Hugo Alfvén: Limu, limu, lima Trad, arr. Hugo Alfvén: Och jungfrun hon går i ringen Ennio Morricone, arr. I. Karkoff: Mille Echi Benjamin Britten: Villes ur Les illuminations op 18 Nino Rota, arr. S.Tomaselli: Parla più piano Trad, arr. J. Milder: The moon shines bright INTERMISSION Giuseppe Verdi: Uvertyr, Sicilianska aftonsången Jennie Abrahamson, arr. Erik Arvinder: To the Water Enrico Toselli/arr. Ö. Westby: Serenata Antonin Dvorak: Sången till månen ur Rusalka Johannes Brahms: Liebeslieder-Walzer op 52 Franz Lehar: Du är min hela värld, ur Leendets land Kate Bush, arr. M. Schaub: This woman's work Leonard Bernstein: Make our garden grow ur Candide