Dreamy Dalarna

Weekend in the Dalecarlian countryside for the Swedish Conference on Macromolecular Structure and Function, held for 20 years among the red barns and horse pastures of Tällberg on Lake Siljan.

Saltsjöbaden blommor

June excursion into Solsidan on the doorstep of the Stockholm archipelago.

Signs of Spring

Bulbs, buds, and birds among lingering icebergs on Norr Mälarstrand.

Jultid

Sunday full of Stockholm traditions, from Santa Run to Skansen.

After the storm

Snow over Stockholm.

November i Norrland

Saturday afternoon in Sandviken, Sweden.

New Creation

We met in a choir thirteen years ago; and making a home in Stockholm, we’ve been lucky to find a new musical family with Akademiska Kören (AK), with whom we sang our first Swedish concert this week.

Founded in 1931 as the first mixed-voice college choir in Sweden, AK (no longer a student group) celebrated its 85-year jubileum this fall with a performance of Haydn’s Creation (Skapelsen), plus a mix of modern pieces (repertoire list below), under the direction of pianist-composer Håkan Sund. We were joined for the Haydn by three other local choirs (Opera Viva, Uppsala’s Canorus, and Danderyds Sångensemble), three stunning soloists (soprano Hillevi Martinpelto, tenor Thomas Volle, and bass Nils Gustén), and Sandvikens Symphony Orchestra in Stockholm’s monumental Berwaldhallen concert hall.

We are so grateful to Håkan, AK, and our other fellow musicians for boundless patience and hospitality toward their new American colleagues.


Akademiska Kören 85th Jubilee Concert
Dir: Håkan Sund

György Ligeti: Éjszaka, Reggel (Night, Morning)
Eric Whitacre: Water Night
Jaakko Mäntyjärvi: Pseudo-Yoik
Joseph Haydn: The Creation (Part I)

Asterisked (*) photos credit: Maria Thiessen

Top photo credit: Anders Unosson