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SEMF 2020

Stockholm Early Music Festival 2020
September 8th – 13th 2020 • Old Town

All programme points are subject to changes.

Tuesday 8 September 2020 - Sunday 13 September 2020

SEMF 2020 | Photo: Stockholm Early Music Festival

PLEASE READ THIS INFORMATION BEFORE PURCHASING YOUR SEMFESTIVALPASS!

The SEMFestivalpass gives you entrance to Stockholm Early Music Festival 2020. IMPORTANT! Since the effects of the Corona pandemic are not predictable which could affect the programme content of the festival, by puchasing yoour SEMFestivalpass you approve the extent and the offer of the event in its final form, 8-13 September.   

In The German Church you can choose your own permanent seat (the same seat for all evening concerts) within the rows 5-6-7 in the A-section. NB! In SEMF's remaining concert venues seats ar not numbered. We recommend SEMFestivalpass owners to arrive no later than 15 minutes before the beginning of the concert!

HOW CAN I BUY MY SEMFESTIVALPASS? You purchase your SEMFestivalpass by clicking on the "Buy ticket"-button on the right side. The printed electronic ticket is then exchanged for a “physical” SEMFestival pass, directly at SEMF's ticket office, open during the festival week 8-13 September. You can also order your SEMFestivalpass by phone during SEMF's opening hours, non-holiday Tuesdays 10 am - 12 noon and Thursdays 1 pm - 3 pm. You will then receive a paying-in form sent by regular mail. After payment, you are welcome to pick up your “physical” SEMFestival pass at SEMF's ticket office. 

PRICE AND VALIDTY of the SEMFestivalpass. The price for the SEMFestivalpass is 2 190 SEK. A printed copy of the festival programme booklet is included! Please note that there is a limited amount of passes and that the SEMFestivalpass is valid for all events except the Early Late Night Concert and Early Music for Children. For the Tableaux vivants-perfomance it is valid only 12/9 at 4 pm and for Simone Vallerotonda's concert only 10/9 at 5.30 pm.

We are blocking rows and seats in order to maintain social distancing, according to the Public Health Authority in Sweden. For this reason we sell a fewer number of passes and tickets. SEMF also offers protective masks for free, at the entrance.

You can of course also buy single tickets to your favorite concert!

Subject to changes!
19:00 - 21:00The German ChurchBuy ticket
Tuesday 8 September 2020

SEMF-profilbild 2020 | Photo: Iman Khayyatan

The XVIII Stockholm Early Music Festival 2020 is inaugurated! Welcome!

Participation during the opening ceremony requires a valid ticket for the opening concert at 8 pm.

We are blocking rows and seats in order to maintain social distancing according to the Public Health Authority in Sweden.

Subject to changes!

19:30 - 20:00The German Church

© Jana Cocif | Photo: Benedek Csalog

When royals compose and surround themselves with famous composers, the music gets a very special shimmer... Sanssouci's gates open to the world of flute where you meet Frederick the Great, Wilhelmina von Preussen, J J Quantz and J S Bach! Benedek Csalog is Hungary's most renowned soloist on traverso flute with an international career in Europe, USA, South America and Asia. Orpheus Baroque, the Royal Philharmonic's ”Baroque redeemed” ensemble with its own concert series has quickly become a recurring feature of Stockholm's music offering.

In cooperation with the Embassy of Hungary.

Tickets: 450 SEK.

We are blocking rows and seats in order to maintain social distancing according to the Public Health Authority in Sweden.

Subject to changes!

20:00 - 22:00The German ChurchBuy ticket
Wednesday 9 September 2020

Mare Nostrum | Photo: © Mare Nostrum

Follow a love walk through the "eternal city" of Rome's lights and fragrances, the residence of Alessandro Stradella, where mysticism, political tension and passion inspired this composer's original tone. Soprano Giulia Bolcato, baritone Marco Bussi and Roman energy charged Ensemble Mare Nostrum under the musical direction of Andrea de Carlo specializes in Stradella's opus, where they explore the relationship between language, emotion and sound.

In cooperation with the Embassy of Italy and the Istituto Italiano di Cultura.

Tickets: 450SEK.

We are blocking rows and seats in order to maintain social distancing according to the Public Health Authority in Sweden..

Subject to changes!

20:00 - 22:00The German ChurchBuy ticket
Thursday 10 September 2020

Simone Vallerotonda | Photo: Matteo Casi

Architecture, music, poetry, theater, society are looking at the greek model of Perfection and Beauty. This concert is dedicated to the famous painter Raffaello Sanzio and the composers of his time, in view of the 500th year's day of the Raffaello's dead in 1520. Brillant theorbo player Simone Vallerotonda has performed at concert venues all over the world, as a soloist as well as an ensemble musician.

In cooperation with the Embassy of Italy and the Istituto Italiano di Cultura.

Tickets 250 SEK.

We are blocking rows and seats in order to maintain social distancing according to the Public Health Authority in Sweden. If this concert is fully booked, try to book the concert at 7.00 pm!

This concert has reserved seats for SEMFestivalpass owners! Welcome!

Subject to changes!

17:30 - 18:30The Finnish Church Buy ticket

Simone Vallerotonda | Photo: Matteo Casi

Architecture, music, poetry, theater, society are looking at the greek model of Perfection and Beauty. This concert is dedicated to the famous painter Raffaello Sanzio and the composers of his time, in view of the 500th year's day of the Raffaello's dead in 1520. Brillant theorbo player Simone Vallerotonda has performed at concert venues all over the world, as a soloist as well as an ensemble musician.

In cooperation with the Embassy of Italy and the Istituto Italiano di Cultura.

Tickets 250 SEK.

We are blocking rows and seats in order to maintain social distancing according to the Public Health Authority in Sweden. If this concert is fully booked, try to book the concert at 5.30 pm!

Subject to changes!

19:00 - 20:00The Finnish Church Buy ticket

Les Musicens Saint Julien | Photo: Jean-Baptiste Millot

How did Baroque music sound in Scotland? Imagine energetic folk dance tunes in a charming combination with baroque harmonies, all in the rococo style! François Lazarevitch, virtuoso on the bagpipe and flute is the founder and leader of the internationally established French ensemble Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien, which with its natural, fresh expression makes every interpretation feel familiar but still brand new!

Tickets: 450 SEK.

We are blocking rows and seats in order to maintain social distancing according to the Public Health Authority in Sweden..

Subject to changes!

20:00 - 22:00The German ChurchBuy ticket

Ulrika Davidsson | Photo: Sven Andersson

EARLY LATE NIGHT CONCERT

Ulrika Davidsson

Early Beethoven

At the EARLY LATE NIGHT CONCERT, you lay down comfortably on a mattres while listening to relaxed early music! 

When the child prodigy Ludwig van Beethoven, who we especially remember this year, wrote his first compositions, the baroque era had just weared off. However the spirit of J S Bach hovered over the young genius through musical heritage and directly descending teachers. Enjoy Ulrika Davidsson's magnificent performances on the fortepiano, playing works by the early Beethoven and his role models. 

Tickets: 170 SEK - Limited number of matresses/seats. NB! SEMFestivalpass is not valid for this concert!

We maintain social distancing, according to the recommendations of the Public Health Authority in Sweden.

Subject to changes!

22:30 - 23:15The Royal ArmouryBuy ticket
Friday 11 September 2020

Vassilis Bolonassos |

Free Admission. In Swedish.

 

12:00 - 13:00The Royal Armoury

Hortus Musicus | Photo: Kaupo Kikkas

During the Golden Ages - the time span from the late 1400s to the early 1600s, - musicians and composers traveled between the European regions exchanging experiences, a melting pot for musical styles and expressions. Estonian Hortus Musicus, founded and lead by Andres Mustonen is a pioneer ensemble in early music contexts that has acted on the international music scene for almost 50 years. With echoes from Spain: Arañés, Narvaez, Ortiz, del Encina, de la Torre, Cancionero de Upsala, Cantigas de Sta Maria m fl.

In cooperation with the Estonian Embassy.

Tickets: 250 SEK.

We are blocking rows and seats in order to maintain social distancing according to the Public Health Authority in Sweden.

Subject to changes!

18:00 - 19:00The Finnish Church Buy ticket

Die Singphoniker | Photo: © Mila Pavan

Please note that this concert is substituting Tenebrae's performance, that was postponed to SEMF 2021.

With Orlando di Lasso´s splendid music as backbone, Die Singphoniker build a cathedral of sound setting the master´s music in context with madrigals by his peers and spice the soundspace with selected 20th century composers, like modern stained glass windows in a gothic church. The razor-sharp and catchy five-voice German vocal ensemble, Die Singphoniker, has been in existence for over a quarter of a century and published more than thirty CDs.

In cooperation with the Embassy of Germany

Tickets: 450 SEK. 

We are blocking rows and seats in order to maintain social distancing according to the Public Health Authority in Sweden.

Subject to changes!

 
20:30 - 22:30The German ChurchBuy ticket

Ulrika Davidsson | Photo: Sven Andersson

EARLY LATE NIGHT CONCERT

Ulrika Davidsson

Early Beethoven

At the EARLY LATE NIGHT CONCERT, you lay down comfortably on a mattres while listening to relaxed early music! 

When the child prodigy Ludwig van Beethoven, who we especially remember this year, wrote his first compositions, the baroque era had just weared off. However the spirit of J S Bach hovered over the young genius through musical heritage and directly descending teachers. Enjoy Ulrika Davidsson's magnificent performances on the fortepiano, playing works by the early Beethoven and his role models. 

Tickets: 170 SEK - Limited number of matresses/seats. NB! SEMFestivalpass is not valid for this concert!

We maintain social distancing, according to the recommendations of the Public Health Authority in Sweden.

Subject to changes!

23:00 - 23:45The Royal ArmouryBuy ticket
Saturday 12 September 2020

YoungEMpower | Photo: Iman Khayyatan

An interactive crazy somersault in time, as well as an imaginative performance about the “La Folia” tune’s own musical history. Join two dancers and three musicians on their journey from rightnow to alongtimeago. A SEMF produced time adventure for everyone from 6 years. Directed by Emelie Wahlman.

In Swedish. Children up to 12 years 50 SEK. Adults 100 SEK. NB! SEMFestivalpass is not valid for this concert!

We are blocking rows and seats in order to maintain social distancing according to the Public Health Authority in Sweden.

Subject to changes!

10:00 - 10:45The Royal ArmouryBuy ticket

Tableaux Vivants | Photo: Sonia Ritondale

A Sweden premiere! Tableaux vivants moves the audience into a spiritual world, where visual and theater art overlap in a perfect match. Before the eyes of the viewers, the actors with their bodies compose 23 of Caravaggio's masterpieces to (recorded) music by Mozart, Bach and Vivaldi. LudovicaRambelliTheatre – directly from Naples - has been committed to preserving the 1800 century Tableaux vivant technology for the afterlife. Don’t miss!

In cooperation with the Embassy of Italy and the Istituto Italiano di Cultura.

Tickets 250 SEK.

We are blocking rows and seats in order to maintain social distancing according to the Public Health Authority in Sweden.

Subject to changes!

14:00 - 14:40The Finnish Church Buy ticket

Photo: Iman Khayyatan

An interactive crazy somersault in time, as well as an imaginative performance about the “La Folia” tune’s own musical history. Join two dancers and three musicians on their journey from rightnow to alongtimeago. A SEMF produced time adventure for everyone from 6 years. Directed by Emelie Wahlman.

In Swedish. Children up to 12 years 50 SEK. Adults 100 SEK. NB! SEMFestivalpass is not valid for this concert!

We are blocking rows and seats in order to maintain social distancing according to the Public Health Authority in Sweden.

Subject to changes!

15:00 - 15:45The Royal ArmouryBuy ticket

Tableaux Vivants | Photo: Sonia Ritondale

A Sweden premiere! Tableaux vivants moves the audience into a spiritual world, where visual and theater art overlap in a perfect match. Before the eyes of the viewers, the actors with their bodies compose 23 of Caravaggio's masterpieces to (recorded) music by Mozart, Bach and Vivaldi. LudovicaRambelliTheatre – directly from Naples - has been committed to preserving the 1800 century Tableaux vivant technology for the afterlife. Don’t miss!

In cooperation with the Embassy of Italy and the Istituto Italiano di Cultura.

Tickets 250 SEK.

We are blocking rows and seats in order to maintain social distancing according to the Public Health Authority in Sweden.

Subject to changes!

SEMFestivalpass owners are welcome to this performance!

16:00 - 16:40The Finnish Church Buy ticket

Tableaux Vivants | Photo: Sonia Ritondale

A Sweden premiere! Tableaux vivants moves the audience into a spiritual world, where visual and theater art overlap in a perfect match. Before the eyes of the viewers, the actors with their bodies compose 23 of Caravaggio's masterpieces to (recorded) music by Mozart, Bach and Vivaldi. LudovicaRambelliTheatre – directly from Naples - has been committed to preserving the 1800 century Tableaux vivant technology for the afterlife. Don’t miss!

In cooperation with the Embassy of Italy and the Istituto Italiano di Cultura.

Tickets 250 SEK.

We are blocking rows and seats in order to maintain social distancing according to the public health authority in Sweden.

Subject to changes!

18:00 - 18:40The Finnish Church Buy ticket

Ricercar Consort | Photo: ©Ricercar Consort

Belgian Ricercar Consort, under Philippe Pierlot's direction since 1985, has captivated early music lovers internationally with their deep and expressive interpretations of 18th-century cantatas and instrumental works. IMITATIO is a fascinating and entertaining revue in carnivalesque spirit, that focuses on Austrian Baroque composers. Program music? Life, nature and human pursuits, resonate with a pinch of humor in Heinrich Biber's famous "Battalia" and in works by  J. H. Schmelzer, C. Farina and H. Abel.

In cooperation with the Belgian Embassy.

Tickets: 450 SEK.

We are blocking rows and seats in order to maintain social distancing according to the Public Health Authority in Sweden.

Subject to changes!

20:30 - 22:30The German ChurchBuy ticket

Ulrika Davidsson | Photo: Sven Andersson

EARLY LATE NIGHT CONCERT

Ulrika Davidsson

Early Beethoven

At the EARLY LATE NIGHT CONCERT, you lay down comfortably on a mattres while listening to relaxed early music! 

When the child prodigy Ludwig van Beethoven, who we especially remember this year, wrote his first compositions, the baroque era had just weared off. However the spirit of J S Bach hovered over the young genius through musical heritage and directly descending teachers. Enjoy Ulrika Davidsson's magnificent performances on the fortepiano, playing works by the early Beethoven and his role models. 

Tickets: 170 SEK - Limited number of matresses/seats. NB! SEMFestivalpass is not valid for this concert!

We maintain social distancing, according to the recommendations of the Public Health Authority in Sweden.

Subject to changes!

23:00 - 23:45The Royal ArmouryBuy ticket
Sunday 13 September 2020

MASS

Medieval mass. Free entrance

11:00 - 12:00The Finnish Church

Musica Ficta | Photo: José Albornoz

The mythological Sibyl predicted the downfall of the world. El canto de la Sibila (The chant of the Sibyl) is a unique and exciting example of medieval liturgical drama originated in the musical traditions of southern Europe, in this case from a monastery in Castile, Spain. Tonight’s program is supplemented with songs from the medieval collection Llibre Vermell de Monserrat. The Spanish ensemble Musica Ficta, specializing in the early Renaissance, has performed internationally for almost 30 years. 

In cooperation with the Embassy of Spain.

Tickets 250 SEK.

We are blocking rows and seats in order to maintain social distancing according to the Public Health Authority in Sweden.

Subject to changes!

17:00 - 18:00The Finnish Church Buy ticket

Ony Wytars | Photo: Martina Simkovicova

EVENING CONCERT

Oni Wytars

Pentamerone

A colorful festival ending! Naples 1634 - Pentamerone, the first collection of classic fairy tales and traditional stories is printed. As an art and folk musical parallel to the anthology, tonight's program reflects five centuries of magical Neapolitan melodies from court and street. The lively Austro-German-Italian ensemble Oni Wytars, who has toured the world since 1983, explores new impulsive expressions in the diverse traditions that enriched Europe's musical life between 1200 and 1700. 

In cooperation with the Austrian Embassy, the Embassy of Italy and the Istituto Italiano di Cultura.

Tickets: 450 SEK.

We are blocking rows and seats in order to maintain social distancing according to the public health authority in Sweden.

Subject to changes!

19:00 - 21:00The German ChurchBuy ticket