EPIPHANY CONCERT 2023
Once again, the time has come for Berwaldhallen’s traditional Festive Epiphany concert. Welcome inside to enjoy a musical firework of atmospheric music, gala and glamour. The Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Swedish Radio Choir, together with the brilliant soloists Katija Dragojevic and Joakim Bäckström, offer a surprisingly packed program as usual. All under the direction of conductor Alondra de la Parra.
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.
For more than 90 years, the Swedish Radio Choir has contributed to the development of the Swedish a cappella tradition. Under the leadership of legendary conductor Eric Ericson, the choir earned great international renown. It is still hailed as one of the best choirs in the world. The choir members’ ability to switch between powerful solo performances and seamlessly integrating themselves in the ensemble creates a unique and dynamic instrument praised by critics and music lovers alike, as well as by the many guest conductors who explore and challenge the choir’s possibilities.
Permanent home of the Swedish Radio Choir since 1979 is Berwaldhallen, the Swedish Radio’s concert hall. In addition to the seated audience, the choir reaches millions of listeners on the radio and the web through Klassiska konserten i P2. Several concerts are also broadcast and streamed on Berwaldhallen Play, offering the audience more opportunities to come as close as possible to one of the world’s top choirs.
With the 2020–2021 season, Kaspars Putniņš begins his tenure as the tenth Music Director of the Swedish Radio Choir. Since January 2019, Marc Korovitch is the choirmaster of the Swedish Radio Choir with responsibility for the ensemble’s continued artistic development. Two of the orchestra’s former Music Directors, Tõnu Kaljuste and Peter Dijkstra, were appointed Conductors Laureate in November 2019. Both maintain a close relationship with the choir and make regular guest appearances.
The Swedish Radio Choir was founded the same year as the Swedish Radio Service began its broadcasts and the choir had its first concert in May 1925. Right from the start, the choir had high ambitions with a conscious aim to perform contemporary music.
Alondra de la Parra är en världskänd dirigent med karaktäristiskt energifylld och entusiasmerande dirigeringsstil. Hösten 2017 utsågs hon till chefsdirigent för Queensland Symphony Orchestra. Hon gör trollbindande och färgstarka uppträdanden med orkestrar som Orchestre de Paris, London Philharmonic, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, NHK Symphony Orchestra och Sveriges Radios Symfoniorkester. 2004 grundade hon New York-baserade Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas med latinamerikansk musik som fokus och hon är Mexikos officiella kulturambassadör.
Approximate concert length: 2 h (with intermission)
PÖNTINEN IN SCRIABIN’S PIANO CONCERTO
Scriabin’s piano concerto is on the programme when Roland Pöntinen celebrates his sixtieth birthday at Berwaldhallen. Also featured is music by Mozart and Liszt conducted by Christoph Koncz.
GUSTAV HOLST’S THE PLANETS
Gustav Holst’s magnificent orchestral suite The Planets and Alban Berg’s Seven Early Songs with Daniel Harding and Johanna Wallroth.
LIGETI, SCHUMANN, SIBELIUS
Hear Christian Tetzlaff in Schumann’s violin concerto and celebrate Ligeti’s centenary with the visionary Atmosphères. Followed by music director Daniel Harding conducting the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Sibelius’s much loved fourth symphony.