Lund Contemporary 2017 Music Festival
Lund Contemporary 2017 is a weekend festival for contemporary art music, organised by Odeum and Skissernas Museum – Museum of Artistic Process and Public Art, both part of Lund University, together with a number of local and regional participants.
The weekend will include more than 20 premieres by music composition students from the Malmö Academy of Music and others. New music by mainly regional composers will be interspersed with modern art music classics from the 20th century and onwards in a diverse programme. Another theme of the festival is the interaction between music and visual arts, with a particular focus on Skissernas Museum’s collection of art from the World Exhibition in Paris in 1937 – an event strongly marked by the dark political tensions at that time.
Music composed specially for the World Exhibition will be played over the weekend. In addition to concerts, Lund Contemporary offers lectures and a panel discussion on topics linked to the theme of the festival.
Admission to all events is free!
Friday 3 February
Jubilee music and composer presentation
Time: 19:00 I Place: Auditorium, main University building in Lund
The Lund Academic Choir and the Lund University Academic Orchestra will perform Hans Gefors’s brand new jubilee music, commissioned for the University’s 350th anniversary celebration in 2017. The concert will include the cantata Mänsklighetens sak är vår for choir and symphony orchestra. Guitar players from Kulturskolan music school in Lund will also participate, as well as the composer himself who will present the piece in all its parts. Soloist: Amanda Larsson, soprano. Conductor: Cecilia Martin-Löf.
Saturday 4 February
Newly composed organ music
Time: 10:00 I Place: Lunds Domkyrka
Robert Bennesh, newly appointed organist at Lund Cathedral, will perform modern organ music, including three pieces written by composition students at the Malmö Academy of Music. The concert will be part of Lund Cathedral’s Saturday concert series.
Musical tour at Skissernas Museum – Museum of Artistic Process and Public Art
Time: 12:30 I Place: Skissernas Museum
Students from the Malmö Academy of Music will perform music written by the Academy’s own composition students. The pieces were inspired by specific works of art, displayed at Skissernas Museum, where they will also be performed. The music thereby serves as a guide, taking the audience on a tour of the museum’s exhibitions.
Piano concert Lundapoem with LIMUS
Time: 14:00 I Place: Kapellsalen, Palaestra et Odeum
Concert performed by the private international music school LIMUS’s Young Academy track, led by Gabriele Katthän. The piece Lundapoem, written by Johan-Magnus Sjöberg (in 2012, dedicated to LIMUS), includes up to 12 pianists playing on two pianos in alternating constellations. This will also be the premiere for new music written by composition students at the Malmö Academy of Music, developed in collaboration with the young pianists, as well as a piece written by composition teacher Kent Olofsson. Gabriele Katthän will talk about her work to engage music students in modern art music.
Lecture: Music, art and intermediality (in Swedish)
Time: 15:30 I Place: Skissernas Museum
Mats Arvidson – associate professor of musicology and senior lecturer in intermedial studies – will give a lecture on intermediality and the relationship between music and visual arts, using the 1937 Word Exhibition in Paris as the point of departure.
10-10: 10 choirs singing 10 new songs
Time: 17:00 I Place: Allhelgonakyrkan
Ten choirs succeeding each other’s performances of commissioned works composed in collaboration with the Southern Choral Centre (Körcentrum Syd). Participants include the Carolinae female choir, Machaut Machine, Lund University’s Academic Choir, Korallerna, Dalby Vocal Ensemble, the female choir at the Malmö Academy of Music, Schola Cantorum female choir, Petri Sångare, Mixtus Cantus and the Lund Vocal Ensemble. Debut performances by Martina Tomner, Emmy Lindström, Ulrika Emanuelsson, Henrik Dahlgren and Kent Olofsson. The concert will be recorded by Swedish radio (channel P2). The event is organised together with Körcentrum Syd.
Quartet for the end of time: music in the shadow of World War II
Time: 19:00 I Place: Kapellsalen, Palaestra et Odeum
The concert will include an ensemble of locally established musicians performing Olivier Messiaen’s famous quartet, composed in 1941 in a German prison camp, as well as piano music written for the politically marked 1937 World Exhibition in Paris. It will begin with the piece Frön written by Malmö composer Jonatan Sersam. Participants: Saana Kähkönen, violin; Christophe Liabäck, clarinet; John Edhe, cello; Olle Sjöberg, piano. Presenter: Staffan Storm, senior lecturer at the Malmö Academy of Music.
Sunday 5 February
Chamber music with Kulturskolan
Time: 12:00 I Place: Skissernas Museum
Concert with pupils from Kulturskolan music school in Lund, promising minimalist music with prepared guitars and modern compositions played by a string quartet. It is also the premiere of a brand new piece, written by composition students at the Malmö Academy of Music, as well as music composed by the Kulturskolan pupils themselves. The participants include the guitar ensembles Gitarrvaganza and Galacticos Guitars, as well as the string quartet Lunds fyra stråkar.
Panel discussion: What is contemporary music? (in Swedish)
Time: 14:00 I Place: Kapellsalen, Palaestra et Odeum
A panel consisting of invited composers, music scholars and representatives from the regional music scene and cultural institutions will discuss the broad field of “contemporary music”. On the panel: Martin Q Larsson, chair of the Society of Swedish Composers; Astrid P Hartmann, chair of KVAST (a group of Swedish female composers); Solfrid Söderlind, dean of the Faculty of Fine and Performing Arts in Malmö; Sanne Krogh Groth, musicologist and editor of the journal Seismograf; Håkan Carlsson, principal of Kulturskolan in Lund; Johannes Nebel, artist manager and founder of the journal Opus. Moderator: Lennart Stenkvist, former programme manager of the Malmö Symphony Orchestra.
Musica Vitae and Ruby Hughes
Time: 16:00 I Place: Skissernas Museum
The string orchestra Musica Vitae, together with the colourful English soprano soloist Ruby Hughes, will perform a diverse programme of English and Russian music including by British composer Huw Watkins, written specially for Ruby, as well as Russian songs by Osvaldo Golijov. Violinist and conductor: Malin Broman.
The event is organised in collaboration with Musik i Syd.
David Riebe, producer of Lund Contemporary, (david.riebe [at] odeum.lu.se)