Simfonic Voices— The Night of Swedish Music

During the nearest summer months, the Academic Vocal Choir of the University of Primorska organizes three concerts of the Slovenian and foreign professional music bands within the international cycle of vocal and instrumental music “Simfonic Voices”. Some of them will perform in Koper for the first time. The Swedish Hägersten Chamber Choir will star during the first musical night. The concert will be held at 8:00 PM on Friday, 1 July 2016 in the Church of St. Bass in Koper.

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The Hägersten Chamber Choir is a mixed music band composed of 35 members. Kerstin Börjeson founded it in 1995 in a suburb of Stockholm called Hägersten. The Swedish music band has a very wide repertoire, but mostly performs the ancient and contemporary music as well as takes part in stage performances.

The Choir will perform a composition “Vespro della beata Vergine”, a work by Claudio Monteverdi, and famous choral cantatas by Johann Sebastian Bach, Requiem in interpretation of Mozart, Verdi, Brahms, and Furet as well as other works by these classical composers.

The long-term cooperation with composer Jesper Nordin has enabled the Choir to express themselves. A number of its performances has been broadcast on the Swedish National Radio. The second source of the contemporary music performed by the choir is the cooperation with the class of composition in the Royal College of Music in Stockholm.

The Choir’s tradition of stage performances began in 2002 from the work by a Swedish composer Torsten Nilsson “Nox Angustiae” written in 1970. The performances of stage versions of “St. John’s Passion” and “St. Matthew’s Passion” by J. S. Bach brought the Choir numerous awards. It also regularly cooperates with the jazz pianist and composer Elise Einarsdotter and bassist Olle Steinholtz. In 2011, the Choir participated in a creative tour with pianists Monica and Carl-Axel Dominique.

In September 2012, the Choir performed a concert of contemporary music together with the jazz musicians Elise, Olle and the world-famous Swedish soprano saxophonist Anders Paulsson.

The music band will perform in Koper as part of a Slovenian tour. The Choir is staying in the country at the invitation of Jerice Gregorc Bukovec, who has been cooperating and teaching a number of Swedish music bands for many years.

The conductor of orchestra, Kerstin Börjeson, studied at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. Her teachers among others were Professor Erik Eriksson and Professor Anders Eby. Since 1994, she has been working in Uppenbarelsekyrkan and in Hägersten, where she directs the choir and plays the organ. In 2009, she received an award for outstanding achievement — the St. Cecil Price presented by the Stockholm Episcopate.