Performs new composition in Piteå

3 Feb. 2020, 19:00 - 21:00
Published: 28 January 2020

Erik Westberg's Vocal Ensemble performs a new work by composer Carl Unander Scharin at Studio Acusticum in Piteå on February 3. As an extra spice, American mezzo soprano Katherine Osborne, now a teacher at the Schoolof Music, will also perform during the concert.

- A premiere of this kind only happens on one occasion - it's a special nerve when the audience and the composer get to meet the work for the first time, and to listen to Katherine Osborne, makes it extra special, says Erik Westberg, professor of choral conducting at the Luleå University of Technology.

Vocal challenge

Carl Unander Scharin's work is called The Cloud of Unknowing and is based on a text from medieval England. The text was written by an anonymous monk in the 1300s and deals with timeless questions about how, as a human being, to relate to and try to get to know God.

- It's a real vocal challenge - but with good music you get motivated to do the work justice, says Erik Westberg.

40 million listeners

The concert that takes place in Studio Acusticum on February 4 will also be broadcast internationally via EBU. The countries that will be given the opportunity to enjoy the work are Portugal, Estonia, Sweden and the Netherlands. A potential audience of over 40 million listeners.

- But it is enough with 1 per cent listeners to equal 25 filled Globe Arenas, says Erik Westberg and are excited about the opportunity to win new listeners.

- Of course, it is fantastic to reach an international audience in this way.


Erik Westberg

Westberg, Erik - Professor

Organisation: Musical Performance, KKL Music, Media and Theatre, Department of Arts, Communication and Education
Phone: +46 (0)911 72624
Room: E105 - Piteå»

Osborne, Katherine - Senior Lecturer

Organisation: Musical Performance, Music and dance, KKL Music, Media and Theatre, Department of Arts, Communication and Education
Phone: +46 (0)911 72754