THE CONCERT HAS BEEN CANCELED - MUSICAL STORYTELLING: FROM SCHEHERAZADE TO PIPPI LONGSTOCKING
Were it not for all the Krumalura pills she ate, Pippi Longstocking would have turned 75 in 2020, a respectable age for the world’s strongest nine-year-old. The books, which were some of Astrid Lindgren’s most beloved, have also been filmed, as well as turned into musicals, TV series and computer games, and now, Benjamin Staern has written a playful and exuberant piece in Pippi’s honour. Also from the world of fairy tales, comes courageous Scheherazade who conquers death, using her imagination and cunning. Dramatic stories imaginatively set to music by Ravel and Rimsky-Korsakov.
All Swedish Radio's public events are canceled until June 30
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 orchestra’s high-quality music making as well as its collaborations with internationally renowned composers, conductors and soloists have been rewarded with numerous prizes and accolades.
“The orchestra has a unique combination of humility, sensibility and musical imagination”, says Daniel Harding, chief conductor 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 formed in 1925, the same year that the Swedish Radio Service began its broadcasts. Since then, the orchestra’s concerts have always been broadcast by the Swedish Radio. The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra received its current name in 1967.
Through the years, the orchestra has had several distinguished chief conductors. Two of them, Herbert Blomstedt and Esa-Pekka Salonen, have since been appointed conductors laureate together with Valery Gergiev, a regular guest conductor and co-founder of the Baltic Sea Festival.