Oedipus Rex / Symphony of Psalms at the Royal Swedish Opera tonight!

8D7CDF88-9A42-4D60-AEE9-B94E7E60392FTonight it’s finally time for the sold out opening performance of “Oedipus Rex / Symphony of Psalms” by Igor Stravinsky! The performance opens this year’s Baltic Sea Festival with Esa-Pekka Salonen as conductor and Peter Sellars as stage director. We share the stage with the Kungliga Hovkapellet, Orphei Drängar and the ladies of Gustaf Sjökvists KammarkörSveriges Radio P2 will broadcast this live starting at 18:55 CET.

New video: “Jordens Oro Viker” by Ludvig Norman

On June 8th we hold our traditional summer evening concert in Sofia church! The concert program includes the Swedish composer Ludvig Norman’s motet for double choir “Jordens Oro Viker”. We also performed the piece on May 24th at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm.

Summer evening concert June 8th!

Sommarkvällskonsert 8 juni

Our summer evening concert is approaching! We’re excited to premiere the piece “Exile” by the Swedish composer Johan Hugosson. We’ll also perform music by Rehnqvist, Jersild and Verdi. Welcome to Sofia church on June 8th, 19:30. Free admission!

Sofia Vokalensemble holding auditions

Konzert für ChorWe in Sofia Vokalensemble are looking for experienced singers who want to join us in 2017. In March we’ll sing Frank Martin’s Mass for Double Choir and Chansons françaises by Francis Poulenc.

Send an e-mail to dirigent@sofiavokalensemble.com if you’re interested in an audition and we’ll get back to you with more information. Auditions are held January 16 and 17.

On January 11 we’ll hold an open rehearsal and everyone is welcome to join. Welcome to Kungsholmens gymnasium/Stockholms musikgymnasium at Hantverkargatan 67-69 at 19:00!

Success for Sofia Vokalensemble’s ladies in London

After a couple of intense days in London the ladies of Sofia Vokalensemble are at home again. The performance on Thursday at Royal Festival Hall was gripping, emotional and got standing ovations. This is from theartsdesk.com

“The Symphony of Psalms, which ended the Philharmonia’s Stravinsky series last night, is an indelible masterpiece, silencing the tired but persistent accusation that Stravinsky’s music is clever but cold. Abstract it may be, but suffused with an exile’s deep longing, spritual hope rising in harmonies of heart-stopping consolation until that final, revelatory C major chord. This performance (with three Swedish choirs) was of focused beauty and searing sincerity; I have never heard better. Its radical scoring sounded afresh, while spine-tingling intonation and conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen’s unforced mastery lent the whole a visionary power.”

We are very happy and grateful to have taken part of this fantastic production together with Orphei Drängar, ladies of Gustaf Sjökvists Kammarkör, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Peter Sellars. BBC Radio 3 sent the concert live and it’s online for another month.

New video: Tėvyne mūsų (Pater Noster)

We’re back home after a fantastic tour to our Baltic neighbors! Last night we performed in Vilnius and sang Tėvyne mūsų (Pater Noster), a beautiful piece by the Lithuanian composer Vaclovas Augustinas. This is a song that is special to many Lithuanians and we hope we made it justice.