WEST SIDE STORY
Leonard Bernstein combined Europe’s symphonic tradition with idioms and styles from American jazz and Latin music in West Side Story, one of the 20th century’s most beloved musicals. More than 30 years earlier, five of Paris’ most famous avant-garde composers wrote music for Rolf de Maré and the Ballets Suédois about a surreal and spectacular wedding party: Les Mariés de la tour Eiffel.
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 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, Herbert Blomstedt and Esa-Pekka Salonen, have since been appointed Conductors Laureate.
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Nordic Weeks: A Drama in the Air
Britta Byström’s fresh orchestral work A Drama in the Air opens this concert, followed by Bo Linde’s rarely performed cello concerto featuring award-winning cellist Amalie Stalheim, and Geirr Tveitt’s A Hundred Hardanger Tunes.
Nordic Weeks: Broman & Börtz
Malin Broman does double duty in Daniel Börtz’s Double Concerto for One, and acclaimed singers Johanna Wallroth and Jeremy Carpenter feature in Carl Nielsen’s third symphony, conducted by Alan Gilbert.