American Sounds

A programme with both established and brand-new music from the other side of the Atlantic with Romanian conductor Cristian Măcelaru and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra. Samuel Barber’s First Essay for Orchestra is followed by the Swedish premiere of Wynton Marsalis’ trumpet concerto with renowned trumpetist Alison Balsom. Finally, Aaron Copland’s majestic last symphony.

The concert will be broadcasted in the Swedish Radio P2 Friday, February 16 at 7:03 pm.


Programme change:

Aaron Copland’s Symphony No. 3 replaces the previously announced work "Play" by Andrew Norman.




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.

Approximate duration: 1 hr 50 mins with intermission

The trumpet concert is a joint commission by The Cleveland Orchestra, Verbier Festival Orchestra, Orchester Symphonique de Montréal, London Symphony Orchestra and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra. This is the first time the music will be performed in Sweden.