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SOUL OF DETROIT

The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Magnus Carlson Molly Hammar, Jacqline Mossberg Mounkassa and some of our grooviest backing musicians showcase hits and rarities from the enormous treasure trove of songs created in Detroit, mainly in the 60s and 70s. Artists like Stevie Wonder, The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, The Jackson 5, Diana Ross and Lionel Richie have immortalised this part of musical history. Their music also played a crucial role in the social change that took place in America, as white people started listening to music produced by black people. An unforgettable celebration of a legendary sound that is still current today.

The concert was broadcasted on Berwaldhallen Play on May, Friday 6 and will available for 30 days.


SWEDISH RADIO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
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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.

Christoffer Nobin inledde sin bana som klassisk sångare och kompositör (med dubbla utbildningar från musikhögskolan i Malmö) innan han studerade till orkesterdirigent vid musikkonservatoriet i Köpenhamn. Ännu som dirigentstudent fick han ett tvåårskontrakt som dirigent hos Helsingborgs symfoniorkester, samt arbetade som assisterande dirigent för några av världens främsta dirigenter, bland andra Paavo Järvi. Han har sedan etablerat sig som en av de mest efterfrågade dirigenterna i sin generation i Skandinavien. Utanför de nordiska länderna märks engagemang hos Metropolitan opera i New York, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie samt London symphony orchestra.
Christoffer har vidare komponerat flera operor och musikaler, varit musikchef på Norrlandsoperan, chefsdirigent och konstnärlig ledare hos Östgöta blåsarsymfoniker, samt dirigerat en mängd inspelningar, bland annat musiken till Candy Crush som länge var världens mest populära dataspel. Hans bearbetning av La clemenza di Tito – Mozarts sista opera – har använts på både Barbican center i London och Wiener Staatsoper. Christoffer är dessutom stolt medlem av tankesmedjan Unga tankar om musik.

Magnus Carlson. Foto: Creative Commons.

Sångaren, textförfattaren och låtskrivaren Magnus Carlson har sitt hjärta i modskulturen och fick sitt stora genombrott med indie-rockgruppen Weeping Willows, som bildades 1995. Ursprungligen var det ett coverband som spelade romantiska ballader, men 1997 kom det första albumet med egen musik, Broken promise land. Bandet, med sitt vemodiga sound och texter om krossade hjärtan, har kallats Sveriges mest dystra band.

Magnus Carlson har också släppt ett par album som soloartist, ett par jazzplattor med The Moon Ray Quintet samt ett internationellt popalbum med bandet Tandem Sky.

Carlson är mycket engagerad i miljöfrågor och utsågs 2019 till Årets Miljöhjälte i klimatkategorin av Världsnaturfonden WWF. Weeping Willows album After us som släpptes i mars 2019 är ett konceptalbum om klimat och miljö. Carlson utkom dessutom år 2020 med boken En annan framtid – Magnus Carlsons hållbarhetsresa tillsammans med journalisten och författaren Johanna Stål.

Molly Hammar. Foto: Live Nation.
Jacqline Mossberg Mounkassa. Foto: Nathalie Ulinder Cuti.
Simon Lingmerth, Elin EllyEve Svensson och Anneli Törnkvist ur Get Up Soul Choir. Foto: Kitty Lingmerth

Concert length: 2 hours 15 minutes (including intermission)