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SEMF 2017

Stockholm Early Music Festival 2017
June 1 – 6 2017 in the Old Town

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Thursday 1 June 2017 - Tuesday 6 June 2017

SEMFESTIVALPASS

SEMFestivalpass 2017

NB: SOLD OUT!
 
PLEASE READ THIS INFORMATION BEFORE PURCHASING YOUR SEMFESTIVALPASS!
 
The SEMFestivalpass gives you entrance to Stockholm Early Music Festival 2017. 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 Riddarholmen church the pass is valid for selected 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 1 850 SEK. Please note that the pass is valid for all events except the Early Late Night Concert.

19:00 - 22:30
Thursday 1 June 2017

Aksel Rykkvin | Photo: © Kaupo Kikkas

Festive SEMFestival opening with the Norwegian boy soprano Aksel Rykkvin, with an international  career! Do not miss this unique chance to listen to Aksel's baroque arias, his voice change might soon occur!
 
NB! No additional ticket is needed. Entrance to the adjacent concert with Huelgas Ensemble includes this performance as well, see below!
 

Aksel Rykkvin
19:30 - 20:00The German Church

© Huelgas Ensemble |

Opening concert (includes Aksel Rykkvin as well)

Huelgas Ensemble - Dir. Paul van Nevel

Flanders - a World of Polyphony

A wonderful, colourful portrait of the great age of Franco-Flemish polyphony! After forty years and sixty recordings, Belgian Huelgas Ensemble, under Paul van Nevel’s direction, is one of the most celebrated ensembles, specialising in polyphonic music from the Medieval and Renaissance periods, delighting audiences worldwide with fresh perspectives and the purest intonation. Works by Binchois, Dufay, Ockeghem, Desprez, de la Rue, Gombert and Lassus.
 
In cooperation with the Embassy of Belgium.
 
Tickets  SEK 100; 220; 350; 450 

Huelgas Ensemble
20:00 - 22:00The German Church
Friday 2 June 2017

Queen Christina |

Note! School performance. Not open for the general audience. (in Swedish)

Drottningen Dansar
10:30 - 11:15The Royal Armoury

Dråm | Photo: © Jens Nordström

"Music is the best remedy for a person in despair". These are the words of Martin Luther, reformist, music loverand an ccomplished lute player who enjoyed singing and dancing. Listen to the music familar to Luther, as well as to his own compositions. Dråm consists of the accomplished master folk musicians Anna Rynefors and Erik Ask-Upmark who play various instruments.
 
Tickets: SEK 100 
Admission: 15 min before the concert

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

Vassilis Bolonassos | Photo: © Sarah Tehranian

Tickets: SEK 100 
Admission: 15 min before the show
In Swedish!

14:00 - 15:00

BRQ Ensemble | Photo: © E. Kukkonen

La Coulicam...La Rameau...La Cupis...La Pouplinière - such are the character tiltles that we find in Rameau's "Pièces de clavecin en concerts". A musical reflection "à la française" of patrons and friends of the composer? Violinist Florence Malgoire, violonist Markku Luolajan-Mikkola and harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani make up the brilliant BRQ Ensemble, based in Finland and with the world as their stage.
 
Tickets: SEK 130; 230 
Admission: 30 min before the concert

18:00 - 19:00Riddarholmen Church

The Swingle Singers | Photo: © Nedim Nazerali

We all remember them. For more than half a century, the London based Swingle Singers have pushed the boundaries of a cappella music. From J S Bach's soulful instrumental works transformed into a vocal universe to the recreating of folk music expressions, these talented seven young singers host SEMFs early music scene for the first time. Don't miss the Swingles' unique and rich sound world, as well as its different, innovative and fascinating approach to historic and traditional repertoire. Powerful and surprising!
The Swingle Singers are using microphones during their performance.
 
Tickets: SEK 100; 220; 350; 450
Admission: 30 min before the concert

The Swingle Singers
20:30 - 22:30The German Church

Sankt Eriksolisterna | Photo: © Jan-Olav Wedin

During the EARLY LATE NIGHT CONCERT you can comfortaby lean back on a matress and listen to early music in a relaxed position, in candle light! 
 
Sankt Eriksolisterna is a new rising star in the Swedish sky of vocal quartets – singers in high demand, specialized on solo-ensemble-singing. 
 
Tickets: 150 SEK. Limited number of matresses/seats. SEMFestivalpass is not valid for this concert!

Admission: 15 minutes before the concert

Sankt Eriksolisterna
23:00 - 23:45The Stockholm Cathedral Parish Hall
Saturday 3 June 2017

Drottningen dansar |

Curious about peeping on Baroque dance and music from the 17th century? Come and get acquainted with a young woman with strong personality - Sweden's Queen Kristina! Welcome to meet the queen, her dance master and court musician and see what happens when a ballet is set at the castle!
 
Tickets: SEK 90 (Free admittance for children up to 12 years old)
 
Admission: 15 min before the performance
In Swedish!

Drottningen Dansar
10:30 - 11:15The Royal Armoury

Contactus | Photo: © Het Scheepvaartmuseum

THE NEXT GENERATION

Contactus

Adeu mon cuer

Winners of the Nordic-Baltic EAR-ly 2016 competition for young early music artists, Juho Myllylä and Miron Andres are offering a selection of French rondeaux, virelais and ballatas of the late medieval and early renaissance times, a musical period, filled with a sense of serenity, restrained sensuality and an ever-present death.
 
Tickets: SEK 90
Admission: 15 min before the concert

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

Descant viola da gamba | Photo: © Andrew Bown

Oboes Históricos | Photo: © Guillermo Beltrán

Tidiga Klaver | Photo: © Dan Johansson

Instrument exhibition

For the fifth time, SEMF has the pleasure of including an exhibition of historical instruments in the festival programme. European instrument makers display their treasures.
 
Exhibitors:
 

 
Andrew Brown Baroque String Instruments – Andrew Brown, Baroque and early stringed instruments  and bows
 
 
 
 
Oboes Históricos – Historical oboes and supplies
 
 
 
 
 
 
Early Keyboards 1700 – Dan Johansson -Instrument reconditioning and maintenance of early keyboard instruments
 
 
Free admission

13:00 - 18:00Mäster Olofsgården

© Clare Wheeler |

© Kevin Fox |

Tickets: SEK 100
Admission: 15 min before the seminar

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

Capella de la Torre | Photo: © Capella de la Torre

Tradaa! The skilled improvisations of the town pipers can be heared from the tower! Come along on a tour through different music styles in the courtly and bourgeois Europe of the Renaissance! With almost thousand concerts on its CV, German Capella de la Torre led by Katharina Bäuml is considered one of the world's leading early music wind ensembles. Works by Ludwig Senfl and Caspar Othmayer, among others, will be performed.
 
 
Tickets: SEK 130; 230
Admission: 30 min before the concert

Capella de la Torre
18:00 - 19:00Riddarholmen Church

Barokkanerne | Photo: © Kristine Jakobsen

"Outstanding, sensitive and pure in quality" is how Gramophone describes the Norwegian mezzo-soprano Marianne Beate Kielland's voice. Enjoy it together with the excellent and warm countertenor of Spanish Carlos Mena, backed up by the dynamic and highly successful Norwegian baroque orchestra Barokkanerne. Don't miss Pergolesi's Stabat Mater - for the first and perhaps only time time during SEMF!
 
In cooperation with the Embassy of Norway.
 
Tickets: SEK 100; 170; 290; 390
Admission: 30 min before the concert

20:30 - 22:30The German Church

Sankt Eriksolisterna | Photo: © Jan-Olav Wedin

During the EARLY LATE NIGHT CONCERT you can comfortaby lean back on a matress and listen to early music in a relaxed position, in candle light! 
 
Sankt Eriksolisterna is a new rising star in the Swedish sky of vocal quartets – singers in high demand, specialized on solo-ensemble-singing. 
 
 
Tickets: 150 SEK. Limited number of matresses/seats. SEMFestivalpass is not valid for this concert!

Admission: 15 minutes before the concert
 

Sankt Eriksolisterna
23:00 - 23:45The Stockholm Cathedral Parish Hall
Sunday 4 June 2017

Drottningen dansar |

 
Curious about peeping on Baroque dance and music from the 17th century? Come and get acquainted with a young woman with strong personality - Sweden's Queen Kristina! Welcome to meet the queen, her dance master and court musician and see what happens when a ballet is set at the castle!
 
Tickets: SEK 90 (Free admittance for children up to 12 years old)
 
Admission: 15 min before the performance
In Swedish!

Drottningen Dansar
10:30 - 11:15The Royal Armoury

Photo: © Daya Paring Malikay

The native culture of Taiwan is an exciting chapter, unknown for most of us. Take this unique chance to meet the music and dance of the Amis - a matrilineal society - who call themselves “The Nation of the Sun”, and of Bunun tribe (“hunters”). A special performance for SEMF by Ms. Daya Paring Malikay.

Tickets: SEK 100
Admission: 15 min before the concert

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

Descant viola da gamba | Photo: © Andrew Bown

Oboes Históricos | Photo: © Guillermo Beltrán

Tidiga Klaver | Photo: © Dan Johansson

Instrument exhibition

For the fifth time, SEMF has the pleasure of including an exhibition of historical instruments in the festival programme. European instrument makers display their treasures.
 
Exhibitors:
 

 
Andrew Brown Baroque String Instruments – Andrew Brown, Baroque and early stringed instruments  and bows
 
 
 
 
Oboes Históricos – Historical oboes and supplies
 
 
 
 
 
 
Early Keyboards 1700 – Dan Johansson -Instrument reconditioning and maintenance of early keyboard instruments
 
 
Free admission
 

12:00 - 17:00Mäster Olofsgården

Michael Levy | Photo: © Johnny Hathaway

Tickets: SEK 120
Admission: 15 min before the seminar

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

Lorenz Duftschmid | Photo: © Brigitte Täubl

Sebastian Wienand | Photo: © Maria Sohn

At the same time as the fortepiano victoriously entered the scene starting in 1760, the viol was singing its swan song. Let yourselves be enchanted by the exciting and very exclusive sound combination of these two instruments in the intensely expressive power of master viol player Lorenz Duftschmid and the excellent performance of Sebastian Wienand. Music by J S Bach, Teleman and C Ph E Bach.
 
In cooperation with the Embassy of Austria.
 
Tickets: SEK 130; 230
Admission: 30 min before the concert

17:30 - 18:30Riddarholmen Church

Ensemble Organum | Photo: © Aly Beril

The French Ensemble Organum, founded and lead by Marcel Pérès, has internationally been, since 1982, at the forefront of European music history's most original sacred vocal repertoire from the 6th century onwards. With their very first visit to Sweden, Ensemble Organum will give us the opportunity to rediscover two amazing and powerful musical worlds: the church song in Rome during the 13th century together with the polyphony of the 14th century. 
 
Tickets: SEK 100; 170; 290; 390
Admission: 30 min before the concert

Ensemble Organum
19:30 - 21:00The German Church
Monday 5 June 2017

© Candace Smith |

In a long cultural history of male dominance, creative women have o en had to play an in- conspicuous part, this being the case also for female composers of early music. The forum ”AnonymA – early music girl power” is led by the American-Italian singer and musicologist Candace Smith.
 
In cooperation with Istituto Italiano di Cultura.
 
Free admission (limited number of seats)

Christina L Malmberg
17:00 - 19:00The Stockholm Cathedral Parish Hall

Cappella Artemisia | Photo: © Alexander Nuting

Magdalena Casulana, Vittoria Aleotti, Caterina Assandra, Lucrezia Orsina Vizzana, Alba Tressina, Claudia Sessa… sound familiar to you? If not, it’s time to open your senses to the qualities of Italian Renaissance women composers. Cappella Artemisia from Bologna led by Candace Smith, specialized on the subject, has received critical and popular praise, both for the rarity and originality of their repertoire, and for their distinguished performances. 
 
With the support of the Swedish Performing Arts Agency
 
Tickets: SEK 100; 170; 290; 390
Admission: 30 min before the concert

Cappella Artemisia
20:30 - 22:30The German Church

Sankt Eriksolisterna | Photo: © Jan-Olav Wedin

During the EARLY LATE NIGHT CONCERT you can comfortaby lean back on a matress and listen to early music in a relaxed position, in candle light! 
 
Sankt Eriksolisterna is a new rising star in the Swedish sky of vocal quartets – singers in high demand, specialized on solo-ensemble-singing. 
 
 
Tickets: 150 SEK. Limited number of matresses/seats. SEMFestivalpass is not valid for this concert!

Admission: 15 minutes before the concert
 

Sankt Eriksolisterna
23:00 - 23:45The Stockholm Cathedral Parish Hall
Tuesday 6 June 2017

Drottningen dansar |

 
Curious about peeping on Baroque dance and music from the 17th century? Come and get acquainted with a young woman with strong personality - Sweden's Queen Kristina! Welcome to meet the queen, her dance master and court musician and see what happens when a ballet is set at the castle!
 
Tickets: SEK 90 (free admittance for children up to 12 years old)
 
Admission: 15 min before the performance
In Swedish!

Drottningen Dansar
10:30 - 11:15The Royal Armoury

Fredrik From | Photo: © Rickard Hansson

Marcus Mohlin | Photo: © Rikard Karlsson

Per Bengtsson | Photo: © Hannah Tibell

Johan Helmich Roman, "the Father of Swedish Music" is a most significant figure in Swedish music history. Works such as ”Drottningholmsmusiken” and ”Then Svenska Mässan" belong to Sweden's most essential baroque repertoire. Listen to a selection of Roman's compositions, delightfully rendered by eminent Swedish soloists in a trio session. Beautifully sounding history on Sweden's National Day (June 6th)!
 

 
Tickets: 120 SEK
Admission: 15 minutes before the concert

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

Mattias Lundberg | Photo: © Karolina Lundberg

Tickets: SEK 100 
Admission: 15 min before the seminar
In Swedish!

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

Peter Pontvik | Photo: © Sarah Tehranian

Come and rediscover a piece of Swedish music history! Missa super Lauda Jerusalem by Bertil Kellner was probably created during the 1580s and is supposedly the first mass composed in Sweden. Also newly discovered chorales and songs in Swedish, German and Latin from Västerås Catherdral and Latin school from 1600. Ensemble Villancico, known for its ventures into early Latin American music, is back with an exquisite vocal ensemble accompanied by organ, under the direction of Peter Pontvik.

Tickets: SEK 130; 230

Admission: 30 min before the concert

Ensemble Villancico
17:30 - 18:30Riddarholmen Church

Ale Möller | Photo: © Thorn Ullberg

Lena Willemark | Photo: © Per Kristiansen

The legacy from th Middle ages is strong in the Nordic folk tradition and we are over again fascinated by the beauty within the archaic melodiesand the imaginative lyrics. Ale Möller and Lena Willemark, two gateway figures for the Sweidsh folk music stage with a large audience nationwide as well as worldwide, are closing SEMF 2017 by connecting us modern listeners with this soundscape. Erik Rydvall, on keyed fiddle and Leo Svensson Sander cello complete the ensemble.
 
 
Tickets: SEK 100; 150; 250; 350
Admission: 30 min. before the concert

Ale Möller
19:30 - 21:30The German Church