SWEDISH SUMMER NIGHT - HUGO ALFVÉN 150 YEAR
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.
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.
Julia Kretz-Larsson, violin, has studied with Marianne Boettcher and Thomas Brandis in Berlin and with Josef Suk in Prague. With the Julius Stern Piano Trio, she has won various awards at international competitions. She is a member of the chamber music ensemble Spectrum Concerts Berlin, which has its own concert series in the Berliner Philharmonie Kammermusiksaal and with which she also played in halls such as Carnegie Hall in New York and Concertgebouw Amsterdam. In 2006, Julia Kretz-Larsson became a member of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, led by Claudio Abbado, and since 2008 she has been a member of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, from 2011 as conductor. Julia has been the alternate first concertmaster in the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra since 2015 and is a teacher at the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm.Julia has regularly played chamber music concerts with several international artists and has performed at festivals such as the Salzburger Festspiele, the International Chamber Music Festival Utrecht, Julian Rachlin and Friends, Schubertiade, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival and the Winter Festival. She has recorded chamber music for, among others, BIS, NAXOS, dB Productions, Harmonia Mundi and has won the music award ” Grammis” for the recording with music by Amanda Maier.
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.
Approximate concert length: 1 h 15 min
The concert will be recorded by SVT.