A Christmas concert where music from Disney, opera and ballet's world is interwoven with traditional Christmas songs from near and far plus a few surprises.
Den signade dag - Dala choral
Välkommen, o Jesu - Old Christmas visa from Månsta, Älvdalen.
The Nutcracker Miniature Overture by Peter Tjajkovskij, arr four-handed piano
Grosser Herr < ”Christmas Oratorio” by Johann Sebastian Bach
Laudate dominum < ”Vesperae solennes de confessore” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Gläns över sjö och strand by Ivar Widén, text Viktor Rydberg < Vapensmeden
Betlehems stjärna by Alice Tegner, text Viktor Rydberg. Allsång!
Noël by Gabriel Fauré
Noël des enfants qui n'ont plus de maison by Claude Debussy
Julvisa by Jean Sibelius
Jerusalem by Herbert Parry, text William Blake. Singalong!
... Intermission ...
Musette's aria < “La Boheme” by Giacomo Puccini
Marches militaires nr 1 in D for four handed piano by Franz Schubert
Bella notte by Peggy Lee and Sonny Burke
Marias vaggsång by Max Reger
Josef < “Den heliga Natten” by Hilding Rosenberg, text Hjalmar Gullberg
Julvisa i Finnmarken by Dan Andersson
Silent Night by Franz Gruber och Joseph Mohr
Snart kommer änglarna att landa by Ulf Lundell
Nu tändas tusen juleljus by Emmy Köhler. Singalong!
Cantique de Noël by Adolphe Adam
Hanna Husáhr, soprano,
Olle Persson, baritone,
Gregory Lloyd and Bengt Forsberg, piano
More information about the artists
Hanna Husáhr, soprano, is a concert and opera singer with a wide concert repertoire ranging from early baroque to newly written music. Hanna made her operabut 2009 as Leïla in Bizet's Pearl fishers at Stockholm's Folk Opera. In 2012/2013 she made her debut at the Berlin Philharmonie when she sang Schubert and Kraus with L'arte del mondo. 2014/2015 sang Hanna at the opening concert of the Festspelen in Bergen, as well as Carl Nielsen's Symphony No. 3 at the Concert Hall in Stockholm, Berwald Hall and the Concert Hall in Gothenburg.
Among her later performances are Pamina in Magic Flute at the Royal Opera in Stockholm and Pat Nixon in John Adams' opera Nixon in China on the same scene. Hanna has also made a tour with Bach's Passion of Saint John together with Les Musiciens du Louvre and Marc Minkowski. She has appeared on several occasions at the National Opera in Bergen, among other things in The Cunning Little Vixen.
Among the highlights are Nielsen's Symphony No. 3 with Herbert Blomstedt, Bach's Passion of Saint John with Daniel Harding and Leino Songs by Kaija Saariaho at the Polar Award, presented with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in Stockholm Concert Hall.
Hanna has received several scholarships and prizes. Last year, both the Birgit Nilsson scholarship and the Operavännernes at the Royal Opera Scholarship. In 2013, Hanna received a Christina Nilsson scholarship and 2011 the Jussi Björling prize.
Hanna Husáhr studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, Opera School of Gothenburg and Stockholm Opera Studio.
This is her first appearance in Allhelgonakyrkan.
Olle Persson, baritone, is a prominent interpreter of the romantic German song repertoire. His interpretation of Franz Schubert's "Die Schöne Müllerin" along with the guitarist Mats Bergström has been performed in many concert halls all over the world.
He has also had great success as an opera singer, including roles like Don Giovanni, Jago in Verdis Otello, Figaro in the Barber of Seville and Scarpia in Puccini's Tosca. This fall we could see and hear him in P M Davies' "Eight Songs for a Mad King".
Olle Persson is represented on a series of CD recordings, some of which have been rewarded with a "Grammis".
In addition to his diploma in solo singing, he also has a music teacher and vocational education degree.
In addition, he is educationally active and regularly offers master courses around the north.
Among the many awards Olle received are Erik Axel Karlfeldt's grand prize, the Swedish Society of Swedish composers and the royal medal "Litteris et artibus". Olle Persson is also a member of the Royal Academy of Music.
His latest appearance in Allhelgonakyrkan was in 2004.
Gregory Lloyd, piano, is the organist at Allhelgonakyrkan and appears regularly as soloist in churches in the Stockholm area. He is also the musical director of the Katarina Vocal Ensemble. He has led several chamber music concerts in Allhelgonakyrkan and his latest appearance was in the Chamber Music Festival in 2012.
Bengt Forsberg, piano. is one of Sweden's foremost pianists. Among his regular partners are mezzo soprano Anne Sofie von Otter, cellist Andreas Brantelid and violinists Cecilia Zilliacus and Nils-Erik Sparf. As a soloist, Bengt has performed with the Stockholm Philharmonic and Gothenburg Symphony. He has also given solo recitals in, among other places, London's Wigmore Hall. Bengt is also an adjunct professor in piano at the Royal Academy of Music in London.
Bengt has released a large number of CDs, not least with Anne Sofie von Otter, several of which have received major international awards, such as Grammy and Gramophon's Recording of the Year. In recent years, Bengt has released prized discs with female composers, "Neglected works for piano", works for violin and piano by Carl Nielsen together with Cecilia Zilliacus, cello music by Fauré with Andreas Brantelid, English music for viola with Ellen Nisbeth and together with Cecilia Zilliacus and Sabina Bisholt a CD with music by Amanda Maier. In Mayj 2018 Bengt's CD ”Amanda & Julius – Works for piano by Amanda Maier och Julius Röntgen” was chosen by the newspaper BBC Music as that month's music for solo instrument.
Bengt Forsberg is KVAH's artistic director and has been responsible for the chamber music series at Allhelgonakyrkan for over 30 years.