MUSICAL STORYTELLING: SLEEPING BEAUTY
The young conductor Ryan Bancroft has made an amazing journey from growing up in Los Angeles, through studies at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow to employment as music director of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the first American ever on the post. On his first guest play in Berwaldhallen, he gives his own concert suite from Tchaikovsky’s immortal fairy tale ballet from 1889, an exquisite composition of the central parts of the ballet’s act.
Change of conductor and program - Ryan Bancroft replaces David Zinman, which also includes a change of program, see below.
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 orchestra’s high-quality music making as well as its collaborations with internationally renowned composers, conductors and soloists have been rewarded with numerous prizes and accolades.
“The orchestra has a unique combination of humility, sensibility and musical imagination”, says Daniel Harding, chief conductor 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 formed in 1925, the same year that the Swedish Radio Service began its broadcasts. Since then, the orchestra’s concerts have always been broadcast by the Swedish Radio. The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra received its current name in 1967.
Through the years, the orchestra has had several distinguished chief conductors. Two of them, Herbert Blomstedt and Esa-Pekka Salonen, have since been appointed conductors laureate together with Valery Gergiev, a regular guest conductor and co-founder of the Baltic Sea Festival.
Approximate concert length: 2 hours (with intermissions)
UPBEAT: Thursday at 6 pm, with the evenings host Pernilla Eskilsdotter.