In 2011, Tawakkol Karman was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her non-violent work for women’s rights. Johannes Jansson wrote Peace Symphony, a large and important work for choir and orchestra, about this.
The lyrics of Peace Symphony, a work that was commissioned by the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, come from the speech Tawakkol Karma made when she – at the time as the youngest person ever – received the Nobel Peace Prize for her work for women’s safety and rights. In Tending Fields, Paula af Malmborg Ward depicts remarkable beauty pageant Miss Landmine, which was held for the first time in Angola in 2008, for women who have been injured in war and don’t live up to beauty standards. Judith Bingham’s impressionist Water Lilies and Einojuhani Rautavaara’s Die Erste Elegie, after Rainer Maria Rilke’s Duino Elegies, complete the concert.