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ZARA LARSSON AND THE SWEDISH RADIO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Zara Larsson is the internationally celebrated artist with the unmistakeable voice. Now, she will perform a hotly anticipated concert with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, led by conductor and arranger Hans Ek. Epic sounds in the borderland between Zara’s breathtaking songs and grandiose, symphonic euphoria.

The concert was broadcasted on Swedish Radio P4 April 5 at 8.03pm and on Swedish Radio P2 April 9 at 7.03pm.

The concert was broadcasted on SVT2 May 1 at 9 pm. Broadcasting link for viewers with a Swedish IP address is available on Berwaldhallen Play.


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.

Genom sin förmåga att göra musiken giltig i vår tid, oavsett ursprung och genre, har Hans Ek skaffat sig en alldeles särskild ställning i nordiskt musikliv. Det har lett till en mängd fruktbara samarbeten med Laleh, Veronica Maggio, Ane Brun, Renée Fleming, Michael Nyman, Metropole Orkest, Göteborgs Symfoniker, Sveriges Radios Symfoniorkester, Copenhagen Phil och många fler. Under tio år var Hans Ek konstnärlig ledare vid utdelningen av Polarpriset.

Under senare år har hans egna produktioner hörts flitigt både i Sverige och utomlands. Exempel på detta är Bowie in Berlin, E.S.T. Symphony, Chelsea Hotel, Kosmische Musik, Made by Björk, Studio 54-Disco Inferno och Dance Music Symphony.

Hans Ek har arrangerat och dirigerat musiken till filmer som Susanne Biers Oscarsbelönade Hämnden och den norska storfilmen Kon-Tiki. Han har gjort två samarbeten med regissören Tomas Alfredson – filmen Låt den rätte komma in och Se upp för Jönssonligan. Med sin ensemble Modern Fantazias arbetar han konsekvent med musik som betytt mycket för honom. I projektet Trans Europe Express tog han avstamp i den legendariska syntgruppen Kraftwerk samt i tonsättarporträtt av Brian Eno och John Cage.

Som arrangör anlitas Hans Ek regelbundet av orkestrar i Sverige och utomlands. År 2020 framförde New York Philharmonic och Renée Fleming musik av Björk med Eks arrangemang. Tillsammans med artisten Jenny Wilson har Hans skrivit musiken till skivan Trauma som utkom 2019.

I februari 2021 gavs uruppförandet av Hans Eks nya pianokonsert Soundscapes 1974-78 med den finländska pianisten Iiro Rantala och Västerås Sinfonietta. Våren 2021 ledde han Sveriges Radios Symfoniorkester i en radio- och tv-sänd konsert med Zara Larsson i Berwaldhallen.

Våren 2022  är det premiär för Hans Eks och Linus Fellboms opera Eurydike på Wermland Opera. I april 2022 framförs E.S.T. Symphony med Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra och våren 2023 presenteras verket 12 songs+ med Ane Brun, GöteborgsOperans Danskompani och GöteborgsOperans Orkester.

No mere ‘Poster Girl’, Zara Larsson is that new kind of pop star. At just 23 years old, the Stockholm-based sensation is already a multi-platinum-selling artist, who has been nominated for 4 BRIT Awards, racked up over 6 million followers on Instagram, and showcased her sixth sense for hit melodies with a series of chart anthems.

Her first international album, So Good, became the second most-streamed debut by a female artist ever on Spotify, though Zara’s ambitions only begin with the bangers. Few mainstream acts can claim to have performed before the Nobel Prize committee, won an award for feminism from Sweden’s oldest womens’ rights organisation, and led a Durex campaign in association with the HIV charity Red. A budding Gen Z role model, Zara Larsson is a classic pop star, but in the most contemporary sense: frank, seemingly fear-free, and no-fucks-given (sample tweet: “Feminism and man hating are two different things. I support both”).

All of which sets the stage for ‘Poster Girl’ – Zara’s hugely-anticipated second international album, and without a doubt her arrival at Pop’s Top Table. Mixing some of the musical loves of her life (the dancefloor melodrama of local heroes Abba, the empowered R&B of early Rihanna) with tales of young love gone wrong (and right again), ‘Poster Girl’ also lets Larsson’s vibrant personality shine through clearer than ever before. “I’ve grown as a person, making this album,” Zara says decisively. “The thread is me growing up, being more comfortable and more confident. I’m not a teenager anymore; I’m a young woman.”

 

Programme

Approximate timings

Zara Prelude (arr Hans Ek)

Love Me Land (arr Hans Ek)
By Justin Tranter, Julia Michaels, Zara Larsson & Jason Gill

Transition 1 (arr Hans Ek)

I Would Like (arr Hans Ek)
By James Abrahart, Alexander Izquierdo, Marcus Lomax, Jordan Johnson, Stefan Johnson, Oliver Peterhof, Zara Larsson, Karen Chin and Anthony Kelly

Transition 2 (arr Hans Ek)

Poster Girl (arr Hans Ek)
By Zara Larsson, Julia Michaels, Justin Tranter, Jonathan Wienner, Sam Homaee and David Pramik

Transition 3 (arr Hans Ek)

Ruin My Life (arr Hans Ek)
By Brittany Amaradio, Michael Pollack, Jackson Foote, Stefan Johnson, Jordan K. Johnso and Jamie Sanderson

Ain’t My Fault (arr Hans Ek)
By Uzoechi Emenike, Zara Larsson and Mack

Transition 4 (arr Hans Ek)

Wow (arr Hans Ek)
By Thomas Eriksen, Joakim Haukaas, Madison Love, Brittany Amaradio and Marshmello

Need Love (arr Henrik Nordström)
By Fin Dow-Smith, Kamille, Joe Kearns

Talk About Love (arr Henrik Nordström)
By Amy Allen, Mike Sabath, Dewaine Whitmore Jr. and Jeffery Lamar Williams

Right Here (arr Karl-Johan Ankarblom)
By Mattias Larsson, Robin Fredriksson, Justin Tranter and Julia Michaels

Look What You’ve Done (arr Karl-Johan Ankarblom)
By Steve Mac, Kamille Purcell and Zara Larsson

Symphony (arr Per Ekdahl)
By Jack Patterson, Ina Wroldsen, Steve Mac and Ammar Malik

Never Forget You (arr Per Ekdahl)
By Uzoechi Emenike, Arron Davey and Zara Larsson

Lush Life (arr Per Ekdahl)
By Emanuel Abrahamsson, Mack, Linnea Södahl, Fridolin Walcher, Christoph Bauss and Iman Conta Hulten

In collaboration with SVT,  the Swedish public service television company