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SEMF 2016

Stockholm Early Music Festival 2016
June 2 – 6 2016 in the Old Town

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Thursday 2 June 2016 - Monday 6 June 2016

SEMF 2016 |

PLEASE READ THIS INFORMATION BEFORE PURCHASING YOUR SEMFESTIVALPASS!
 
The SEMFestivalpass gives you entrance to Stockholm Early Music Festival 2016. GOOD NEWS! In the German Church you can choose your own permanent seat (the same seat for all evening concerts) within the raws 5-6-7 in the A-section. IMPORTANT: when you have made your choice online you will be linked to a box with the question: "Säsongskort? This event is included in a season offer, would you like to purchase regular tickets or a seasonal ticket?". Please choose "I want to purchase season tickets" ("Säsongskort" is an internal denomination used by our ticket distribution provider Tickster corresponding to our "SEMFestivalpass") in order to continue with your purchase.

In the Finnish Church the pass is valid for not numbered parquet seats. 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.

19:00 - 22:30
Thursday 2 June 2016

Photo: ©Sarah Tehranian

19:30 - 20:00The German Church

Concentus Musicus Wien | Photo: ©Werner Kmetitsch

Stockholm Early Music Festival is proud to open its anniversary edition with one of the most successful early music ensembles worldwide Concentus Musicus Wien, founded in 1953 by the recently passed away Polar Prize laureate Nikolaus Harnoncourt. A milestone in the history of the festival, that celebrates the source of the modern early music and opened the door to a new perspective on the interpretation of the repertoire: historically informed sounds best!

Concentus Musicus presents works by Baroque composers active in Austria, like Biber,  Schmelzer and Fux, with an excursion out to Purcell's beautiful and seldom heard ”Dioclesian”-suite.
 
Swedish Radio is broadcasting live from the concert!
 
Ticket prices: 100 SEK - 420 SEK.
Numbered seats in four sections. Admission: 30 minutes before the concert.
 

20:00 - 22:00The German Church
Friday 3 June 2016

Ba-Rock-Stå-Upp | Photo: @Marie Grönvold

SCHOOL PERFORMANCE
Closed for the general public

10:30 - 11:15The Royal Armoury

Nikolaus Harnoncourt | Photo: Werner Kmetitsch

 
A unique opportunity to learn more about the pioneer and polar prize winner Nikolaus Harnoncourt through the testimony of his closest collaborators. With the participation of Concentus Musicus members: Dorothea Schönwiese, Stefan Gottfried and Thomas Fheodoroff.
 
Ticket price: 90 SEK.
Admission: 15 minutes before the seminar.
In English!

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

Vassilis Bolonassos | Photo: ©Stina Gullander

Experience the popular Swedish radio programme "Alltid på en söndag" (Eng: Always on a Sunday)  LIVE on a Friday together with the well- known radio presenter Vassilis Bolonassos!

This time with focus on AnonymA and female early music composing. A selection of recorded musical works will be presented "à la Vassilis" and the program ends with a musical quiz.
 
OBS: In Swedish!
Ticket price: 90 SEK.
Admission: 15 minutes before the show.

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

Daniela Pontvik Valero | Photo: Peter Pontvik

SEMF-novelty for the jubilee year! You who love early music will for the first time in Sweden have the possibility to move to your favorite works from the Baroque, Renaissance or Middle Ages! Daniela Pontvik Valero leads a training session at a leisurely pace. Bring soft clothes. Feel well while you gently exercise to Early Music!
 
Free of charge for SEMFestivalpass owners. Others: 50 SEK at the entrance. No pre-booking but limited number of participants.
 

16:00 - 16:45The Stockholm Cathedral Parish Hall

Katarina Livljanić | Photo: ©Johannes Ritter

Dialogos & Kantaduri | Photo: ©Marlis Snoeck

 
A captivating musical journey in time to the ancient Croatia, inspired by the medieval Dalmatica dress as a symbolical link between the Byzantine and the Roman liturgy! Two vocal ensembles with distinct characters intertwine sacred and profane rituals between Christmas and Easter, in Latin and Slavic languages.
 
The celebrated singer and musicologist Katarina Livljanić has, with her ensemble Dialogos, approached medieval music in an innovative manner: by adding a theatrical dimension and an expressive way of interpretation. Josko Caleta and Kantaduri represent the rich folklore addition.
 
The concert is recorded by Swedish Radio and broadcast on a later occasion!
 
Ticket prices: 100 SEK - 330 SEK.
NB: no interval! Numbered seats in four sections. Admission: 30 minutes before the concert.

Homepage Dialogos
20:30 - 22:00The German Church

Jonas Nordberg | Photo: @Chrisander Brun

Early Late Night concert

Jonas Nordberg

AbsoLUTEly Relaxed

 
A classic SEMF feature is back! During an EARLY LATE NIGHT CONCERT you can comfortaby lean back on a matress and listen to early music in a relaxed position, in candle light! The young and colourful Swedish lutenist Jonas Nordberg, representing a new generation of his instrument, peacefully swings you with sounds by Robert de Visée, Leopold Weis and Francois Dufaut.
 
Ticket price: 150 SEK. Limited number of seats. SEMFestivalpass is not valid for this concert!
Admission: 15 minutes before the concert.

Homepage Jonas Nordberg
23:00 - 23:45The Stockholm Cathedral Parish Hall
Saturday 4 June 2016

Ba-Rock-Stå-Upp | Photo: @Marie Grönvold

How does the shawm, the viola da gamba, the dulcian or the cornet sound like? What can you also do with a chewing gum and is is true that all kind of music sounds best when played on a recorder?

Experience a fast-paced and catchy blend of baroque music, dance and comedy - a stand-up comedy for children that combines beautiful tones with whooping laughter.

Ensemble Mare Balticum brings its favourite guests – recorder palyer Anna-Carin Fogelqvist and opera singer Mette af Klint.

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

10:30 - 11:15The Royal Armoury

Johannes Geworkian Hellman | Photo: ©Sona Hellman

All light on the hurdy gurdy – the instrument which jokingly is called the "medieval syntheseizer" and just after the Middle Ages and High Baroque experiences a new heyday in our days.

With the hurdy gurdy as his voice, Johannes Geworkian Hellman is a passioinated musician with a strong expression who loves to share the music with his audience. Despite his young age his name is already famous worldwide.

Recorder player Clara Guldberg Ravn is a guest performer.  
 
Ticket prices: 120 SEK.
Admission: 15 minutes before the concert.

Homepage Johannes Geworkian Hellman
12:00 - 13:00The Stockholm Cathedral Parish Hall

Urban Wahlstedt |

In this year's perhaps most "exotic" festival element Urban Wahlstedt, who toured a whole life as puppet player in both Asia and Europe, gives a speech about the concept of gamelan.

The word refers to a collection of Indonesian percussion instrument, attuned in a five-tone scale, which can be traced back to the 800s!

We will both hear live music examples and see parts of the stick doll-theatre play Wayang Golek from West Java.
 
In Swedish!
Free admission!

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

Daniela Pontvik Valero | Photo: Peter Pontvik

SEMF-novelty for the jubilee year! You who love early music will for the first time in Sweden have the possibility to move to your favorite works from the Baroque, Renaissance or Middle Ages! Daniela Pontvik Valero leads a training session at a leisurely pace. Bring soft clothes. Feel well while you soft exercise to Early Music!
 
Free of charge for SEMFestivalpass owners. Others: 50 SEK at the entrance. No pre-booking but limited number of participants.

16:00 - 16:45The Stockholm Cathedral Parish Hall

Morgaine | Photo: ©Morgaine

An imaginary musical walk through light and shadows through William Shakespeare's various life stages – youth, passion, melancholy, anguish and departure – embedded the lovely soundscapes of the Renaissance and early Baroque. Music from England, the Netherlands, Italy, and the Lithuanian-Polish Commonwealth, by Dowland, Kapsberger, Sweelinck and Jarzębski, among many others.
 
The internationally renown Lithuanian viol player Darius Stabinskas and harpsichord performer Alina Rotaru lie behind this approach and direct the ensemble Morgaine.
 
In cooperation with the Lithuanian Culture Institute and the Embassy of Lithuania.
 
Ticket prices: 130 SEK - 230 SEK.
Admission: 30 minutes before the concert.

18:00 - 19:00The Finnish Church

La Grande Chapelle | Photo: ©David Blazquez

 
Welcome to the Spanish Kingdom of the 17th century! La Grande Chapelle, the internationally cast ensemble that under the direction of Albert Recasens has specialised in digging up the lost treasures of the Spanish Baroque, introduces us to the vocal polyphony of Juan Hidalgo – one of the most proeminent composer of the country in his time. Heavenly music for human ears!
 
Swedish Radio is broadcasting live from the concert!
 
Ticket prices: 100 SEK - 390 SEK.
Numbered seats in four sections. Admission: 30 minutes before the concert.

Homepage La Grande Chapelle
20:30 - 22:30The German Church

Jonas Nordberg | Photo: @Chrisander Brun

Early Late Night Concert

Jonas Nordberg

AbsoLUTEly Relaxed

A classic SEMF feature is back! During an EARLY LATE NIGHT CONCERT you can comfortaby lean back on a matress and listen to early music in a relaxed position, in candle light! The young and colourful Swedish lutenist Jonas Nordberg, representing a new generation of his instrument, peacefully swings you with sounds by Robert de Visée, Leopold Weis and Francois Dufaut.
 
 
Ticket price: 150 SEK. Limited number of seats. SEMFestivalpass is not valid for this concert!
Admission: 15 minutes before the concert.

Homepage Jonas Nrodberg
23:00 - 23:45The Stockholm Cathedral Parish Hall
Sunday 5 June 2016

Ba-Rock-Stå-Upp | Photo: @Marie Grönvold

How does the shawm, the viola da gamba, the dulcian or the cornet sound like? What can you also do with a chewing gum and is is true that all kind of music sounds best when played on a recorder?
Experience a fast-paced and catchy blend of baroque music, dance and comedy - a stand-up comedy for children that combines beautiful tones with whooping laughter.
Ensemble Mare Balticum brings its favourite guests – recorder palyer Anna-Carin Fogelqvist and opera singer Mette af Klint.
In Swedish!
 
Ticket price: 80 SEK, admission free for children up to 12 years.
 
 

10:30 - 11:15The Royal Armoury

Elizabeth Svarstad | Photo: @Nicolas Tourrenc

Magical, touching and revolting. This is how the Norwegian specialist in Baroque dances Elizabeth Svarstad's solo performance was described by the local press. Inspired by 18th century aesthetics as well as contemporary, in ”Love-Dance” she explores people's relationship to the law (”lov” in Norwegian), in the sense of order and chaos.
 
The 25 minutes-long dance show is framed by instrumentally perfomred Baroque dances by the cellist Mime Yamahiro Brinkman and harpsichordist Gunnhild Tønder.
 
Choreography: Anne Grete Eriksen
 
Ticket price: 120 SEK.
Admission: 15 minutes before the performance.

Homepage Elizabeth Svarstad
12:00 - 13:00The Stockholm Cathedral Parish Hall

©Fredmans musik |

 SEMF presents an exhibition of historical instruments for the fourth time. Swedish instrument makers/distributors display their treasures:
 
Fredmans Musik -  recorders, early strings, bow and wind instruments, early drums
 
 
Venue: Mäster Olofsgården
 
Free admission.
 

13:00 - 18:00

O dolorosa gioia |

Early Screen

O Dolorosa Gioia

SEMF offers the opportunity to watch Francesco Leprino's art film "O dolorosa Gioia" about the famous Renaissance composer Gesualdo da Venosa.
 
 
In collaboration with Istituto Italiano di Cultura.
 
Venue: Mäster Olofsgården.
Free admission!

13:00 - 18:00

Silvius von Kessel | Photo: ©Alexander Busch

The internationally active German organist Silvius von Kessel, artistic director of the "Thüringer Bachwochen" plots the church music development from the pre-Reformation, Catholic period to the Lutheran era with a special focus on the organ as liturgical instrument.
In English.
Ticket price: 50 SEK.
Admission: 15 minutes before the seminar.

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

Sollazzo Ensemble | Photo: @Martin Chiang

 
What lies behind the apparently simple concept of ”medieval music”? Sollazzo Ensemble, that has under the direction of Anna Danilevskaia achieved a meteoric career and been awarded with several European prizes, explores the complexity therein. Five young and talented musicians with a specialised education from Schola Cantorum Basiliensis place a strong common focus on a repertoire from the Middle Ages and theRenaissance. Enjoy the refreshing contrasts between the brilliant melodies of the Italians and the French poetic dissipations!
 
Ticket prices: 130 SEK - 230 SEK.
Admission: 30 minutes before the concert.

18:00 - 19:00The Finnish Church

Marco Beasley | Photo: ©Mattia Prandini

Marco Beasley is an outstanding singer of an exceptional vocal caliber. The Neapolitan tenor has accumulated musical experiences at the world's most prestigious stages for 30 years and performs in Stockholm for the first time!
 
To the accompaniment of raffish lutes and swinging tambourine rhythms, Beasley presents a fascinating example of the recitar cantando-style, sprung from the living traditions in southern Italy. The program also includes works by Monteverdi, Grandi and Kapsberger.

In collaboration with Istituto Italiano di Cultura.
 
 
The concert is recorded by Swedish Radio and broadcast on a later occasion!
 
Ticket prices: 100 SEK - 350 SEK.
Numbered seats in four sections. Admission: 30 minutes before the concert.

Homepage Marco Beasley
20:30 - 22:30The German Church

Jonas Nordberg | Photo: @Chrisander Brun

early late night concert

Jonas Nordberg

AbsoLUTEly Relaxed

A classic SEMF feature is back! During an EARLY LATE NIGHT CONCERT you can comfortaby lean back on a matress and listen to early music in a relaxed position, in candle light! The young and colourful Swedish lutenist Jonas Nordberg, representing a new generation of his instrument, peacefully swings you with sounds by Robert de Visée, Leopold Weis and Francois Dufaut.
 
 
Ticket price: 150 SEK. Limited number of seats. SEMFestivalpass is not valid for this concert!
Admission: 15 minutes before the concert.

Homepage Jonas Nordberg
23:00 - 23:45The Stockholm Cathedral Parish Hall
Monday 6 June 2016

Qyians Krets | Photo: @Stig-Magnus Thorsén

With this concert SEMF wants to highlight the current situation in the Middle East in a different way. Through singing accompanied by the sound of harp, flute and percussions the ensemble, based in Gothenburg, takes up the threads of the Sephardic, Arabic and Western traditions, a tapestry of sounds and images with pearls from near and far, and yarn dyed of ancient history.
 
Qiyan were female slaves of different ethnicity, highly educateed musicians, lyricists and dancers, who in ancient times entertained princes at the Muslim court.
 
Ticket price: 120 SEK.
Admission: 15 minutes before the concert.

Homepage Qiyans Krets
12:00 - 13:00The Stockholm Cathedral Parish Hall

O dolorosa gioia |

Instrument exhibition / Early Screen

O Dolorosa Gioia

SEMF offers the opportunity to watch Francesco Leprino's art film "O dolorosa Gioia" about the famous Renaissance composer Gesualdo da Venosa.
 
 
In collaboration with Istituto Italiano di Cultura.
 
Venue: Mäster Olofsgården.
Free admission!

12:00 - 17:00

Per Eklund |

Per Eklund |

Abrakadabra! Per Eklund, magician, educator and permanent Secrteray in the Swedish Academy of Magic, highlights the role and status of the jester as a representative for art and culture from the Middle Ages until the mid-1700s. Beyond unique pictures and stories you will also experience examples of the jester’s way of expression.
 
In Swedish!
Ticket price: 90 SEK
Admission: 15 min before the semininar

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

Euskal Barrokensemble | Photo: @Noah Shaye

Discover the fascinating and peculiar Basque culture, with ancient traditions and perhaps Europe's oldest language, through its unknown Renaissance and Baroque music!
The great Jordi Savall himself discribes the qualities of Enrike Solini’s ensemble and the project Euskel Antiqva as follows: ”Wonderful touching songs, talented musicians – gems full of vitality and emotion, showing the way to the music history of the Basque Country."
 
Ticket prices: 130 SEK - 230 SEK.
Admission: 30 minutes before the concert.

Homepage Euskal Barrokensemble
16:00 - 17:00The Finnish Church

Thuringia Bach Festival Ensemble | Photo: ©Jens Haentzschel

 
In the heart of German lies the beautiful Thuringia, strongly associated with Luther, the Reformation and non other than Johann Sebastian Bach. SEMF's evocative concluding concert reflects the exciting transition from early motets to Protestant chorals, as they are to be found in Bach's music as well.
 
Thuringia Bach Festival Ensemble combines some the finest artists of their region: the wonderfully fused vocal quintet amarcord, Erlopeas brass quartet , boy sopranos and organ player Silvius von Kessel.
 
Swedish Radio is broadcasting live from the concert!
 
The concert is given in the presence of the Minister President of Thuringia, Bodo Ramelow and is filmed by the Swedish Television.
OBS! Official opening speeches will be held from 18.45. Please, come early!
 
The concert is organized in cooperation with the German Embassy in Stockholm, the government of the German state of Thuringia and the Goethe-Institut Schweden.
 
Ticket prices: 100 SEK - 390 SEK.
Numbered seats in four sections. Admission: 30 minutes before the concert.

Homepage Thuringia Bach Festival Ensemble
19:00 - 21:00The German Church