One of Sweden’s foremost composers, Hugo Alfvén, was born in May 150 years ago. Not only did he compose a large orchestral and choral body of work, he also contributed music including Midsummer Vigil and The Prodigal Son for the Royal Swedish Ballet in Stockholm and Les Ballets Suédois in Paris. Welcome to an evening of music and dance on a summery theme with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Stockholm Musikgymnasium Choir together with dancers from the Royal Swedish Ballet and the Alhanko Academy of Ballet. Conducted by Kristjan Järvi and Sofia Ågren.


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The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra is a multiple-award-winning ensemble renowned for its high artistic standard and stylistic breadth, as well as collaborations with the world’s finest composers, conductors, and soloists. It regularly tours all over Europe and the world and has an extensive and acclaimed recording catalogue.

Daniel Harding has been Music Director of the SRSO since 2007, and since 2019 also its Artistic Director. His tenure will last throughout the 2024/2025 season. Two of the orchestra’s former chief conductors, Herbert Blomstedt and Esa-Pekka Salonen, have since been named Conductors Laureate, and continue to perform regularly with the orchestra.

The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra performs at Berwaldhallen, concert hall of the Swedish Radio, and is a cornerstone of Swedish public service broadcasting. Its concerts are heard weekly on the Swedish classical radio P2 and regularly on national public television SVT. Several concerts are also streamed on-demand on Berwaldhallen Play and broadcast globally through the EBU.


Julia Kretz-Larsson is the assistant first concertmaster of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra since 2015. She is also a member of the chamber music ensemble Spectrum Concerts Berlin who, in addition to having their own concert series at the Berlin Phiharmonic, has performed at venues including Carnegie Hall in New York City and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. She is a former member of both the Lucerne Festival Orchestra and leader of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra.

She is also an active chamber musician, having performed with Janine Jansen, Isabelle Faust, Cecilia Zilliacus, Torleif Thedéen and others, and played at internationally renowned festivals in Salzburg, Utrecht and Schleswig-Holstein, as well as the Schubertiade in Voralberg and Vinterfest in Mora, Sweden. She has recorded chamber works for labels such as BIS, dB and Harmonia Mundi, and the 2018 album Amanda Maier vol. 3 was awarded a Swedish Grammy Award. As a member of the Julius Stern Piano Trio, she has won prizes at international competitions in Florence, Berlin and Trieste.

Julia Kretz-Larsson teacher violin at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. She is a Berlin native, has studied under Professor Marianne Boettcher, under Professor Thomas Brandis at the Berlin University of the Arts, and in Prague for Josef Suk.


Sofia Ågren arbetar sedan 2016 som kördirigent på Stockholms Musikgymnasium/Kungsholmens Gymnasium och grundade 2021 sin egen professionella vokalensemble, Ensemble Å. Hon har arbetat med ensembler som Uppsala Vokalensemble (2011-2021), Gustaf Sjökvist Kammarkör, Radiokören, S:t Jacobs Kammarkör, Hjorthagens Vokalensemble, A Scalpella – Medicinska föreningens Kammarkör (2007-2016), Adolf Fredriks Flickkör och Kungl. Operans barnkör. Sofia fortsätter ständigt att utforska och fascineras av kören och dess oändliga möjligheter som instrument. Hon brinner för den nutida konstmusiken och har beställt och uruppfört musik av bl.a. Matthew Peterson, Maria Lithell Flyg, Emil Råberg och Mattias Risberg. Sofia anlitas även som föreläsare och lärare i dirigering, gehör och vokal improvisation, bl.a. vid musikkonservatoriet i Milano, konservatoriet i Ljubljana, Eric Ericson International Centre i Stockholm, Hilton College i Sydafrika och Betel Folkhögskola i Stockholm. Sofia är utbildad kör- och orkesterdirigent vid Kungl. Musikhögskolan i Stockholm. Hon innehar även en Master of Arts in Education med inriktning körmetodik.

The concert will be recorded by SVT.