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SEMF 2015

Wednesday 3 June 2015 - Sunday 7 June 2015

SEMFestivalpass 2015

SEMFestivalpass 2015

NB: The SEMFestivalpasses are sold out!
 

The SEMFestivalpass gives you entrance to Stockholm Early Music Festival 2015. 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
Saturday 30 May 2015 - Sunday 31 May 2015

The Early Music Bus | Photo: ©Markus Ström

New for this year!
Stay alert! The bus could show up near you!
Featured artists: Duo "Trobairitz" with Nina Grigorjeva, harp and Klara Dahlberg, keyed fiddle.
 
 

11:00 - 15:00
Wednesday 3 June 2015

Ismahni | Photo: ©Katarina Widell

19:30 - 20:00The German Church

Ensemble La Fenice | Photo: ©Bertrand Pichene

 
“Cantiques pour un Prince” unifies the French baroque genius Marc-Antoine Charpentier's expressive, beautiful and sorrowful double choir mass with motets from the 1670s. An evening full of the emotional power of music!
La Fenice (name taken from the phoenix – the fabulous bird risen from the ashes) is today one of France's most acclaimed early music ensembles. With internationally renowned soloists and under the direction of its founder, cornetto specialist Jean Tubéry, they cooperate in this concert with Belgian vocal ensemble Vox Luminis, known for its exquisite tuning and clarity of sound.
 
Ticket prices: 100 SEK - 390 SEK.
Numbered seats in four sections. Admission: 30 minutes before the concert.
Student discount tickets can only be purchased at SEMF's ticket office during the festival 3 - 7 June.

Homepage La Fenice
20:00 - 22:00The German Church
Thursday 4 June 2015

Vassilis Bolonassos | Photo: ©Stina Gullander

Experience the popular Swedish radio programme “Alltid på en söndag" (Eng: Always on a Sunday) live together with the well- known radio presenter Vassilis Bolonassos, this time on a Thursday! 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.
Admission: 15 minutes before the show.
 
Note! Presentation will be held in Swedish.

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

Peter van Tour | Photo: ©Laurens van Tour

About music teaching in the conservatories of Naples 1750-1800, with sound examples.
 
Ticket price: 80 SEK.
Admission: 15 minutes before the seminar.

Homepage Peter van Tour
14:00 - 15:00The Stockholm Cathedral Parish Hall

Hans-Ola Ericsson | Photo: ©Natanael Ericsson

The Düben organ in the German Church | Photo: ©German Church

Sweden's probably internationally most renown organ player and pedagogue, per­forming throughout Europe, as well as in Asia and America is  playing on the beautiful golden Düben-Organ in the German Church. Ericsson's superb artistic interpretation is reflected in numerous award-winning record­ings. Works by Frescobaldi,  J S Bach, Rameau and others. 
Don't miss the first absolutely organic concert in SEMF's history!

Ticket price: 200 SEK.  (NB "flat rate" due to the instrument's placemnt in the church).
Numbered seats in four sections. Admission 30 minutes before the concert.
Student discount tickets can only be purchased at SEMF's ticket office during the festival 3 - 7 June.

About Hans-Ola Ericsson
20:30 - 22:30The German Church
Friday 5 June 2015

Råttis | Photo: ©SEMF

SCHOOL PERFORMANCE

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

Homepage Gabriela Gutarra
10:30 - 11:15The Royal Armoury

Nicoleta Paraschivescu | Photo: ©Claudio Vogt

"She truly surpassed the expectations...she sang two arias of her own composing...where she accompanied herself at the keyboard in a sensitive and masterly manner". This testimony refers to Marianna Martines (1744-1812), who was a pupil of F. J. Haydn and the first woman to be admitted to the prestigious Accademia Filarmonica di Bologna! Don't miss the opportunity to acquaint yourself with Martines' crispy music, performed by Rumanian prize winning harpsichordist Nicoleta Paraschivescu.
 
 
Ticket price: 120 SEK.
Admission: 15 minutes before the concert.

Homepage (German) Nicoleta Paraschivescu
12:00 - 13:00The Stockholm Cathedral Parish Hall

Jean-Loup Ringot | Photo: ©Philippe Matsas

How do you make the invisible visible? How did music sound 20,000 years ago? The pragmatic Franco-German museum educator Jean-Loup Ringot gives a fascinating insight into Stone Age man's supposed timbre according to the motto: "as few compromises as possible, as many as necessary!"
 
Seminar in English.
 
Ticket price: 80 SEK.
Admission: 15 minutes before the seminar.

Homepage (German) Jean-Loup Ringot
14:00 - 15:00The Stockholm Cathedral Parish Hall

Jostein Gundersen (Currentes) | Photo: ©Walter Wehus

“You are as beautiful as an angel. Your eyes are like stars.” If you long for Italian fourteenth century poetry set in music, this is the concert for you! Immerse into artistic expressions of unfulfilled desire, divine and worldly love… Norwegian ensemble Currentes founded by Jostein Gundersen, specialises in polyphonic early-early music.
 
Ticket prices: 120 SEK - 220 SEK.
Admission: 30 minutes before the concert.

Homepage Currentes
18:00 - 19:00The Finnish Church

Ensemble il Gardellino | Photo: ©Tim Heirman

Baroque oboe and traverso in focus - a color palette of woodwind harmonies with two masterful Belgian soloists, the oboist Marcel Ponseele and flutist Jan De Winne, accompanied by the equally exquisite Belgian ensemble il Gardellino.

How about enjoying a sound picture painted with colours of composers such as Vivaldi, Handel, C.P.E. Bach...
 
Ticket prices: 100 SEK - 330 SEK.
Numbered seats in four sections. Admission 30 minutes before the concert.
Student discount tickets can only be purchased at SEMF's ticket office during the festival 3 - 7 June.

Homepage il Gardellino
20:30 - 22:30The German Church

Nina Grigorjeva | Photo: ©Tatjana Timofeeva

Early Late Night Concert | Photo: ©Sarah Tehranian

Sold out!
 
EARLY LATE NIGHT CONCERT allows you to lean comfortably back on a mattress and listen to early music horizontally, by candlelight. Works by Lully, Monteverdi, Händel and Bach.
 
Ticket price: 150 SEK. SEMFestivalpass is not valid for this concert!
Admission: 15 minutes before the concert.
 
 

23:00 - 23:45The Stockholm Cathedral Parish Hall
Saturday 6 June 2015

Gutarra, Pontvik Valero, Dikanski | Photo: © Vladimir Dikanski

Råttis | Photo: ©SEMF

FAMILY PERFORMANCE – in Swedish
An interactive medieval dance workshop for children - in a fabulous setting.
The famous story about a flute playing rat catcher from the 13th century who left his traces in a small German village, is taking new form - in the middle of Stockholm. The children are taught medieval dance steps and then become main characters in the story, wheter they choose to become rats or remain in their shape as children...
 
The performance is suitable for children up to 12 years.
 
Ticket price: 80 SEK, admission free for children up to 12 years.

Homepage Gabriela Gutarra
10:30 - 11:15The Royal Armoury

Bastard Barock | Photo: ©Marcus Strand

How did the wide world sound, when it finally was ”discovered” by the Europeans? Those who poked and prodded in other people's backyards with varying degrees of grace and sensitivity…
With high energy the young baroque collective Bastard Barock shows the way through the cathedrals of Peru and African villages.
Winner of the Nordic competition EAR-ly 2014.
 
Ticket price: 80 SEK.
Admission: 15 minutes before the show.

Homepage Bastard Barock
12:00 - 13:00The Stockholm Cathedral Parish Hall

Photo: ©Fredmans Musik

Photo: ©Ragnar Arvidsson

Photo: ©Dan Johansson

 SEMF presents an exhibition of historical instruments for the third time. Swedish instrument makers/distributors display their treasures:
 
Fredmans Musik – Medieval and Baroque instruments, recorders.
 
Recorder maker Ragnar Arvidsson, construction and repairing of recorders and “Aelvborgapipa”.
 
Early Keyboards – Dan Johansson, instrument technician specialized in early keyboard instrument.
 
Venue: Mäster Olofsgården
 
Free admission.

13:00 - 18:00

Bodil Asketorp | Photo: ©Mattias Alm

Photo: @AnonymA

The woman’s role as a composer has been hidden during history – especially in epoches of early music. SEMF took stand and changed the male noun Anonymous to AnonymA. Hear musicologist Bodil Asketorp,from the Swedish Radio, who has produced the documentary series about early female composers ”Was Anonymus actually Mrs. Musica?”
 
Ticket price: 80 SEK.
Admission: 15 minutes before the seminar.

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

Sirkka-Liisa Kaakinen-Pilch | Photo: ©Heikki Tuuli

Ensemble Battalia | Photo: @Heikki Tuuli

The “Mystery Sonatas” by Czech baroque composer Franz Biber are a great multidimensional masterpiece conceived as an artistic strengthening of the different moods represented in the Rosary prayers. Infinitely beautiful!
Sirkka-Liisa Kaakinen Pilch is one of Finland's most versatile violinists with an international career and a fondness for repertoire from the 17th and 18th century.  
 
Ticket prices: 120 SEK - 220 SEK.
Admission 30 minutes before the concert.

Homepage Sirkka-Liisa Kaakinen-Pilch
18:00 - 19:00The Finnish Church

Collegium Vocale Gent | Photo: ©Michiel Hendrickx

Philippe Herreweghe | Photo: ©Michiel Hendrickx

Founded in 1970 (!) on Philippe Herreweghe's initiative, Collegium Vocale Gent is today one of Europe's top vocal ensembles who's transparent sound has acquired world fame. CVG performs at the major concert venues and has recorded an impressive discography of 80 CDs.

Gesualdo's sixth book of madrigals is a garden of extraordinary intense beauty, expression of painful sentiments but also masterful counterpoint. Written two years before his death, it represents a "Grand Finale" in the opus of the composer and is a real technical defy for any interpreters. Majestic dissonances and changing colours give the music a unique touch of modernity.
 
NB: No interval!

Ticket prices: 100 SEK - 390 SEK.
Numbered seats in four sections. Admission: 30 minutes before the concert.
Student discount tickets can only be purchased at SEMF's ticket office during the festival 3 - 7 June.

 

Homepage Collegium Vocale Gent
20:30 - 21:45The German Church

Ida Zackrisson | Photo: ©Anders Bringsjö

Early Late Night Concert | Photo: ©Sarah Tehranian

 
Sold out!
EARLY LATE NIGHT CONCERT allows you to lean comfortably back on a mattress and listen to early music horizontally, by candlelight. Works by Lully, Monteverdi, Händel and Bach.
 
Ticket price: 150 SEK. SEMFestivalpass is not valid for this concert!
Admission: 15 minutes before the concert.

23:00 - 23:45The Stockholm Cathedral Parish Hall
Sunday 7 June 2015

Gutarra, Pontvik Valero, Dikanski | Photo: ©Vladimir Dikanski

Råttis | Photo: ©SEMF

FAMILY PERFORMANCE – in Swedish

An interactive medieval dance workshop for children - in a fabulous setting.
The famous story about a flute playing rat catcher from the 13th century who left his traces in a small German village, is taking new form - in the middle of Stockholm. The children are taught medieval dance steps and then become main characters in the story, wheter they choose to become rats or remain in their shape as children...
 
The performance is suitable for children up to 12 years.
 
Ticket price: 80 SEK, admission free for children up to 12 years.

Homepage Gabriela Gutarra
10:30 - 11:15The Royal Armoury

Heinavanker | Photo: ©Heinavanker

Estonian folk hymns with historical links to Sweden and the Finno-Ugric peoples' peculiar archaic song tradition has been passed down to our day through centuries of oral tradition. The delicate vocal ensemble Heinavanker, which takes its name from a painting by Hieronymus Bosch, recreates them with new strength!

 
Ticket price: 120 SEK
Admission: 15 minutes before the concert.

Homepage Heinavanker
12:00 - 13:00The Stockholm Cathedral Parish Hall

Photo: ©Fredmans Musik

 
 
For the third time SEMF presents an exhibition of historical instruments. Swedish instrument makers/distributors display their treasures:
 
Fredmans Musik – Medieval and Baroque instruments, recorders.
 
Early Keyboards – Dan Johansson, instrument technician specialized in early keyboard instrument.
 
 
Venue: Mäster Olofsgården
 
Free admission

12:00 - 17:00

Seconda Prat!ca | Photo: ©Bertrand Pichene

What if there never was a New World and Europe had to invent one? The young international musicians in Seconda Prat!ca, trained at the Conservatories of Amsterdam and The Hague accompany the migration and hybridization of European culture in an expanding world. Casually playful - inevitably modern...

Selected ensemble for the European EEEmerging project for young baroque musicians.
Ticket price: 150 SEK.
Admission: 30 minutes before the concert.

15:00 - 16:00The House of Nobility

Pär Lindh | Photo: ©Göran Stenberg

How does contemporary music sound composed on the basis of the Baroque aesthetics? Swede Pär Lindh accepted the challenge...
 
This konsert is made possible with the support from a collaborative project between Svenska Musikfestivaler (Swedish Music Festivals) and Föreningen Svenska Tonsättare / STIM (Society for Swedish Composers).
 
Ticket price: 120 - 220 SEK.
Admission: 30 minutes before the concert.

Homepage Pär Lindh
17:00 - 18:00The Finnish Church

Sarband | Photo: ©Sarband

AVE - Adolf Fredriks Vokalensemble | Photo: @Anders Wanell

Sarband/AVE
 
The festival ends in a sign of reconciliation; traditional music from three cultures and religions (Judaism, Christianity and Islam), build paths bridging over the abysses in our contemporary society. The ambassadors of peace are the the German multi culti ensemble to Sarband and the Swedish vocal group AVE - a beacon of spiritual unity in diversity! 
 
NB: No interval!

Tcket prices: 100 SEK - 330 SEK. Numbered seats in four sections. Admission 30 minutes before the concert.
Student discount tickets can only be purchased at SEMF´s ticket office during the festival 3 - 7 June.

Homepage Sarband
19:00 - 20:30The German Church