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SEMF 2014

XIII Stockholm Early Music Festival
June 4 – 8 2014 in the Old Town

Flyer 2014Download the SEMF 2014
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Wednesday 4 June 2014 - Sunday 8 June 2014

SEMFestivalpass 2014

SEMFestivalpass 2014

The SEMFestivalpass gives you entrance to Stockholm Early Music Festival 2014. In the German Church seats are pre chosen and booked for SEMFestivalpass owners in the A-section. In the Finnish Church the pass is valid for parquet seats. Therefore you will not find any particular seat number on your ticket.

A printed copy of the festival programme booklet is included!

When purchasing on the Internet, please collect your pass in the festival ticket office by showing your printed online ticket. If you book your pass through the festival phone, you will receive information about payment and collection when you book. Telephone hours and number can be found here

The price for the SEMFestivalpass is 1 680 SEK. Please note that the pass is valid for all events except the Early Late Night Concert.

19:30
Wednesday 4 June 2014

Anna Paradiso and Maria Norgren |

SCHOOL PERFORMANCE

Closed for the general public. Public performances on Friday 6 June and Saturday 7 June 10.30 am.

10:30 - 11:15The Royal Armoury

Photo: Michal Novak/Sławomir Zubrzycki

19:30 - 20:00The German Church

Christina Pluhar | Photo: ©Marco Borggreve

Finally the world famous ensemble L´Arpeggiata, directed by Christina Pluhar will host SEMF! Mediterraneo, also containing singing and dancing, has its starting point in canti greci-salentini, Greek songs and Italian tarantellas (they were supposed to heal spider bites...!). A musical voyage further through Greece, Turkey, Spain and Portugal focusing on the beginning of the 17th century. Feel the power of the Mediterranean Sea connecting cultures!
NB! Without intermission.
Ticket prices: 100 SEK - 390 SEK. Student discount tickets can only be purchased at SEMF´s ticket office during the festival 4 - 8 June.

L´Arpeggiata
20:00 - 21:25The German Church
Thursday 5 June 2014

Meet the new generation of young promising baroque opera singers!
Elisabeth Meyer (soprano), Sofie Almroth (mezzo-soprano) and Jens Palmqvist (tenor), students attending the course Performing Premodernity at the University College of Opera in Stockholm, participate in a theatrical programme with arias and duets by Monteverdi, Gluck and Mozart.

Free admission!

University College of Opera
12:00 - 13:00The Stockholm Cathedral Parish Hall

Bart Demuyt | Photo: ©Rob Stevens

Forgotten music treasures from the 16th century that were hidden in the Vatican have now once again risen to the surface thanks to a unique collaboration with Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticanathat among others gave Bart Demuyt, representative of the Alamire Foundation, the permission to digitise, study and describe the manuscripts. He will now visit Stockholm and speak about this exciting project!

The seminar will be held in English.

Ticket price: 80 SEK

Alamire Foundation
14:00 - 15:00The Stockholm Cathedral Parish Hall

Collegium Marianum | Photo: ©Petra Hajská

What could be more fitting than to invite an ensemble from Prague, when the International Music Council chose 2014 to be the Year of Czech Music! Collegium Marianum, perhaps the Czech Republic´s internationally most acclaimed baroque ensemble, offers the audience an exciting Musical Banquet with works by Bohemian violin virtuosi/composers like Biber, Brentner, Jiránek and Tůma.

Ticket prices: 100 SEK - 290 SEK. Student discount tickets can only be purchased at SEMF´s ticket office during the festival 4 - 8 June.

Collegium Marianum
20:30 - 22:30The German Church
Friday 6 June 2014

Anna Paradiso and Maria Norgren |

Now the mystery is finally solved: the French 250-year jubilee, baroque master Jean-Philippe Rameau composed the famous piece "La poule" – the hen (grown up chicken!) – which therefore  came before the egg. This children´s show, a sounding and danceable parade based on Rameau´s animalistic opus, is especially written for SEMF by Anna Parrow and Maria Norgren. It tells a sparkling poetic story and is filled to the brim with music and acting. The performance is suitable for children up to 12 years. 
FAMILY PERFORMANCE – in Swedish
Ticket price: 80 SEK, admission free for children up to 12 years.

10:30 - 11:15The Royal Armoury

KRAJA | Photo: ©Alexandra Andersson Ellis

The vocal quartet Kraja from Umeå in the north of Sweden has been singing together for 12
years and the members can, in spite of their young age, be considered to be veterans of Swedish traditional music. The repertoire, with its roots mainly in Swedish folksongs, is always performed in Kraja´s own characteristic four-part arrangements. Harmonies and sound colour have become characteristic of Kraja who today serves early Swedish folk music with their very own touch.

Ticket price: 100 SEK

KRAJA
12:00 - 13:00The Stockholm Cathedral Parish Hall

Gunnar Jinmei Linder | Photo: ©Viktor Linder

During this exclusive seminar by Gunnar Jinmei Linder the listeners will become acquainted with early music from Japan and also listen to a piece played on a shakuhachi (Japanese  flute).
The seminar will be held in Swedish.
Ticket price: 80 SEK

Gunnar Jinmei Linder
14:00 - 15:00The Stockholm Cathedral Parish Hall

Rafael Bonavita | Photo: ©Margarida Araújo

Where does all the Iberian folk music, that always seems to have been there, come from? Where does the flamenco have its roots? What did the long journey of the fandango from baroque up to nowadays look like? From castle and hut, from streets and celebration, filtered through the fiery sounding body of the baroque guitar, which provides the frantic rythms its special colour – new but old and oh so catchy…

Uruguayan born Rafael Bonavita is a multifaceted, internationally recognized musician and an innovator of the expressive and repertoire possibilities of the baroque guitar.  

Ticket prices: 120-220 SEK 

Rafael Bonavita
18:00 - 19:00The Finnish Church

Ensemble Gilles Binchois | Photo: ©Ensemble Gilles Binchois

After 35 years of international activity and 40 CD-recordings, the Ensemble Gilles Binchois, conducted by Dominique Vellard, has assumed a special status among interpreters of sacred music from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Associated with an excellent timbre and a dense vocal beauty, the ensemble tackles monody as well as polyphony with the same brilliance. In this concert the Spanish Golden Age is mainly represented by the 15th century composer Francisco de Peñalosa, one of his era´s most prolific composers, and his adorably beautiful mass  "Nunca fue pena mayor".

Ticket prices: 100-330 SEK. Student discount tickets can only be purchased at SEMF's ticket office during the festival 4-8 June

The Ensemble is supported by the French Ministry of Culture, the Regional Cultural Affairs Directorate in Burgundy and the Regional Council of Burgundy and the City of Dijon.

Ensemble Gilles Binchois
21:00 - 23:00The German Church

Ensemble Flautino | Photo: ©Ensemble Flautino

EARLY LATE NIGHT CONCERT allows you to lean comfortably back on a mattress and listen to early music horizontally, by candlelight. Enjoy the sound from a young trio focusing on Baroque music in chamber music format.
Ensemble Flautino is receiver of the ensemble scholarship awarded by Royal Swedish Academy of Music.
Ticket price: 150 SEK
Concert start 23:00, nota bene! (22:45-23:30 before change)

Ensemble Flautino
23:00 - 23:45The Stockholm Cathedral Parish Hall
Saturday 7 June 2014

Anna Paradiso and Maria Norgren |

Now the mystery is finally solved: the French 250-year jubilee, baroque master Jean-Philippe Rameau composed the famous piece "La poule" – the hen (grown up chicken!) – which therefore  came before the egg. This children´s show, a sounding and danceable parade based on Rameau´s animalistic opus, is especially written for SEMF by Anna Parrow and Maria Norgren. It tells a sparkling poetic story and is filled to the brim with music and acting. The performance is suitable for children up to 12 years. 

FAMILY PERFORMANCE – in Swedish

Ticket price: 80 SEK, admission free for children up to 12 years.

 

10:30 - 11:15The Royal Armoury

Operabyrån | Photo: © Carl Thorborg

Imagine a 17th century salon in Italy where a woman is performing songs of betrayed, hopeful and unhappy love. One of the most important composers of the 17th century in Italy was Barbara Strozzi. As many other female artists, her work and life has been degraded and forgotten. Barbara Strozzi is the inspiration for Operabyrån's poetic and colourful performance. 

Ticket price: 100 SEK

Operabyrån
12:00 - 13:00The Stockholm Cathedral Parish Hall

Photo: Robert Wåhlander

Photo: Fredmans

Photo: Dan Johansson

Photo: Music Gift

For the second time SEMF presents an exhibition of historical instruments. Swedish instrument makers/distributors display their treasures. 
 
Exhibitors:
 
Wåhlander Instruments – Robert Wåhlander, handmade folk instruments and historical instruments.
 
Fredmans Musik – Medieval and Baroque instruments, recorders
 
Dan Johansson –  An instrument technician and specialist of Early keyboard instruments
 
Music Gift - A Portuguese trade mark, specialized in the development of objects thematically related to music and music events. 100% made in Portugal.
 
Free admission.

 

13:00 - 18:00

Vassilis Bolonassos | Photo: ©Stina Gullander

Experience the popular Swedish radio programme “Once more on a Sunday” live together with the well- known radio presenter Vassilis Bolonassos, this time on a Saturday! For one hour a variety of early music examples will be brought to the listeners in a masterly way.  The programme ends with a musical quiz.
Ticket price: 80 SEK

14:00 - 15:00The Stockholm Cathedral Parish Hall

A Filetta | Photo: ©Didier D. Darwin

THIS CONCERT IS SOLD OUT! HALF AN HOUR BEFORE THE CONCERT THERE MAY BE SOME LAST TICKETS LEFT THOUGH. COME TO THE FINNISH CHURCH AND TAKE A CHANCE!
 
Emanated from depths of history, the Corsican polyphonic singing tradition gets echoed in the emotive male voices of A Filetta. An archaic polyphony, sacred as well as secular, enriched with their own "creations" in the same spirit. A concertante reflection of deep roots and a strong identity, with an openness to the world. Since 1978 A Filetta has acted cultural ambassador for Corsican orally transmitted music. 
Ticket prices: 120 SEK - 220 SEK

A Filetta
18:00 - 19:00The Finnish Church

Joshua Rifkin & The Bach Ensemble | Photo: ©Jan Kobel

Two cantatas for wedding feasts, one early, one late – the popular Weichet nur, betrübte SchattenBWV 202, probably from Bach’s Weimar years, and the richly expansive O! holder Tag, erwünschte Zeit BWV 210, fashioned for a wedding in Berlin in 1741. To open, the familiar Ouverture in D major BWV 1068 – but in its little-known original form.
Ticket prices: 100-390 SEK. Student discount tickets can only be purchased at SEMF's ticket office during the festival 4-8 June.

21:00 - 23:00The German Church

Ensemble Flautino | Photo: ©Ensemble Flautino

EARLY LATE NIGHT CONCERT allows you to lean comfortably back on a mattress and listen to early music horizontally, by candlelight. Enjoy the sound from a young trio focusing on Baroque music in chamber music format.

Ensemble Flautino is receiver of the ensemble scholarship awarded by Royal Swedish Academy of Music.

Ticket price: 150 SEK

Concert start 23:00, nota bene! (22:45-23:30 before change)

Ensemble Flautino
23:00 - 23:45The Stockholm Cathedral Parish Hall
Sunday 8 June 2014

Sławomir Zubrzycki | Photo: ©Sławomir Zubrzycki

An exclusive world premiere not to be missed! SEMF and Sweden will play host to Leonardo da Vinci´s unique instrument Viola organista, reconstructed by the Polish musician Slawomir Zubrzycki after a 500-year wait as a blueprint. Mr Zubrzycki will give a short speech about the history of the instrument and also play compositions by Orlando di Lasso, Marin Marais and Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach...
Ticket price: 180 SEK
 
Tickets can be purchased with cash payment by the House of Nobility half an hour before each concert!

Sławomir Zubrzycki
11:00 - 11:45The House of Nobility

Photo: ©Robert Wåhlander

Photo: ©Johan Hedvall

Photo: ©Music Gift

For the second time SEMF presents an exhibition of historical instruments. Swedish instrument makers/distributors display their treasures. 
 

 
Exhibitors:
 

 
Wåhlander Instruments – Robert Wåhlander, handmade folk instruments and historical instruments.
 

 
Dan Johansson – An instrument technician and specialist of Early keyboard instruments
 
Johan Hedvall string instruments - Hand made string instruments in early music and folk music. Specialized on viola da gamba harpes.  
 
Music Gift - A Portuguese trade mark, specialized in the development of objects thematically related to music and musical events. 100% made in Portugal. 
 
Where: Mäster Olofsgården, Old Town
 
 
Admission free. 

 

12:00 - 17:00

Sławomir Zubrzycki | Photo: ©Sławomir Zubrzycki

An exclusive world premiere not to be missed! SEMF and Sweden will play host to Leonardo da Vinci´s unique instrument Viola organista, reconstructed by the Polish musician Slawomir Zubrzycki after a 500-year wait as a blueprint. Mr Zubrzycki will give a short speech about the history of the instrument and also play compositions by Orlando di Lasso, Marin Marais and Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach...
Ticket price: 180 SEK
 
Tickets can be purchased with cash by the House of Nobility half an hour before each concert!

Sławomir Zubrzycki
13:00 - 13:45The House of Nobility

Sławomir Zubrzycki | Photo: ©Sławomir Zubrzycki

An exclusive world premiere not to be missed! SEMF and Sweden will play host to Leonardo da Vinci´s unique instrument Viola organista, reconstructed by the Polish musician Slawomir Zubrzycki after a 500-year wait as a blueprint. Mr Zubrzycki will give a short speech about the history of the instrument and also play compositions by Orlando di Lasso, Marin Marais and Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach...
Ticket price: 180 SEK
 
Tickets can be purchased with cash payment by the House of Nobility half an hour before each concert!

Sławomir Zubrzycki
15:00 - 15:45The House of Nobility

Per-Sonat | Photo: © Sonus

Love at first reading? Le Roman de la Rose from 1230, among the first books written in French, was one of the most appreciated novels of its time. It formed the inspiration for the love songs from the 14th and 15th century performed by the German ensemble Per-Sonat, a genuine interpreter of the medieval spirit. Meet the yongling Amant who falls in love with a rose...follow him through the garden and relive musically his adventure! 

Ticket prices: 120 SEK - 220 SEK. In cooperation with the Goethe-Institut.

Per-Sonat
17:00 - 18:00The Finnish Church

Concerto Palatino | Photo: © Concerto Palatino

A pompous festival final that leads the visitors to Renaissance Venice and the relatives Giovanni och Andrea Gabrieli, all directed by the reputable brass ensemble Concerto Palatino, surrounded by distinguished singers.
Ticket prices: 100 SEK - 390 SEK. Student discount tickets can only be purchased at SEMF´s ticket office during the festival 4 - 8 June.

19:00 - 21:00The German Church