"It is great to be able to invite the public, employees and students to our anniversary concert, where we have the possibility to enjoy the premiere of a specially written work for the University. Several of the participants in the concert are internationally recognized in the field of music, and are or have been students at the School of Music at Luleå University of Technology. Several of these successful musicians are also teachers and researchers at the University, something we of course are very proud of", Birgitta Bergvall-Kåreborn, Vice-Chancellor at Luleå University of Technology, says.
A specially written work for the anniversary
For Luleå University of Technology's 50th anniversary, Jan Sandström has written the work Barn av paradis. The lyrics are written by Linnea Axelsson, August Prize winner in 2018. The work is performed by the Symphony Orchestra of the School of Music at Luleå University of Technology, the Erik Westberg Vocal Ensemble and the University Chamber Choir of the School of Music in Piteå under the conductor of Petter Sundkvist, professor of Musical Performance at Luleå University of Technology. Soloists are international mezzo-soprano Katarina Giotas and clarinettist, Robert Ek. On this occaison, the Symphony Orchestra of the School of Music at Luleå University of Technology, consists of students, alumni and teachers.
Over the years, Jan Sandström, who is professor of Musical Performance at the School of Music at Luleå University of Technology, has become a sought-after composer from world-leading soloists and orchestras. In 2006, he was given the honourable task of composing a cantata for the King's 60th birthday. For the celebration of Carl Linnaeus’s 300th birthday in 2007, Jan Sandström wrote a cantata commissioned by Uppsala University, and for the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Norwegian Constitution, an orchestral work by Sandström was commissioned in 2014. Jan Sandström is perhaps best known for his vocal music, operas and instrumental concerts. Trombone Concert No. 1, also known as Motorbike Concerto, has since its premiere in 1989 been performed more than 700 times around the world and is said to be Sweden's most played work abroad. Also internationally known and widely sung all over the world is Sandström’s version of the hymn Lo, How a Rose E´er Blooming.
Digital organ work with the University Organ
The audience will also be listening to: Global Hyperorgan Scenario IV performed by the TCP/IP Quartet, a cluster of four musicians and researchers at the Music School at Luleå University of Technology. During the performance, two digitally controllable organs (Utopa Baroque Organ in Organ Park, Amsterdam and the University Organ in Studio Acusticum, Piteå) are in real time run via control data sent from three different locations: Federico Visi is at the Berlin Open Lab, Stefan Östersjö and Mattias Petersson in the concert hall in Studio Acusticum in Piteå, and Robert Ek on stage in Kulturens Hus in Luleå.
The concert program has many highlights
The concert program also offers: Ludwig van Beethoven - Egmont, Op. 84, Symphony Orchestra of the School of Music at Luleå University of Technology; Andrea Tarrodi; Poppies in October, Fredrik Högberg, Why do you dance, the Erik Westberg Vocal Ensemble, Kim Hellgren, viola, video choreography Lene Juhl, Åsa Unander-Scharin; Johan Märak’s/Jan Sandström’s Vuojnha Biegga, the University Chamber Choir of the School of Music in Piteå under the direction of conductor Erik Westberg, professor of Musical Performance at Luleå University of Technology.
Fredrik Högberg, composer and senior lecturer in composition at Luleå University of Technology, has composed the work Why Do You Dance for choir, violin soloist and video choreography, which will have its premiere here.
Andrea Tarrodi, alumni, studied composition at the Academy of Music in Piteå in the years 2000-2002 and is today one of Sweden's most internationally in demand composers. She has composed the work Poppies in October for choir, which will have its premiere here.
Master of Ceremonies: Carina Henriksson, Glesbygdsdivan