People all over the world have fled their countries. Five contemporary American composers look at exile from different perspectives through scintillatingly beautiful choral music. Multiple Grammy Award-winning conductor of innovative choral recordings, Donald Nally, leads the Swedish Radio Choir in this urgent, captivating concert. Reciter is actor Etienne Glaser.


dot 2021/2022





32 professional choristers make up the Swedish Radio Choir: a unique, dynamic instrument hailed by music-lovers and critics all over the world. The Swedish Radio Choir performs at Berwaldhallen, concert hall of the Swedish Radio, as well as on tours all over the country and the world. Also, they are heard regularly by millions of listeners on Swedish Radio P2, Berwaldhallen Play and globally through the EBU.

The award-winning Latvian conductor Kaspars Putniņš was appointed Chief Conductor of the Swedish Radio Choir in 2020. Since January 2019, its choirmaster is French orchestral and choral conductor Marc Korovitch, with responsibility for the choir’s vocal development.

The Swedish Radio Choir was founded in 1925, the same year as Sweden’s inaugural radio broadcasts, and gave its first concert in May that year. Multiple acclaimed and award-winning albums can be found in the choir’s record catalogue. Late 2023 saw the release of Kaspars Putniņš first album with the choir: Robert Schumann’s Missa sacra, recorded with organist Johan Hammarström.

Donald Nally is responsible for imagining, programming, commissioning, and conducting The Crossing of Philadelphia; he is the John W. Beattie Chair in Music and director of choral organizations at Northwestern University; he has served as chorus master for Lyric Opera of Chicago, Welsh National Opera, Opera Philadelphia, Spoleto USA, The Chicago Bach Project, Haymarket Opera Company, and the Spoleto Festival in Italy. He is the recipient of the distinguished alumni merit award from Westminster Choir College, and both the Louis Botto Award for Innovative Action and Entrepreneurial Zeal and the Michael Korn Founders Award from Chorus America; he is the only conductor to have two ensembles receive the Margaret Hillis Award for Excellence in Choral Music: The Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia and The Crossing.

Etienne Glaser is an actor, director and scriptwriter born in Copenhagen. During World War II, when Etienne was six years old, his family was forced to flee to Sweden. After graduating at the Royal Dramatic Training Academy, Glaser worked as a theatre and opera director in Sweden and abroad. He has worked as an actor, and later director, at the film and stage director Suzanne Osten’s theatre Unga Klara in Stockholm, which stages productions for children and young adults. Glaser participated in her films Mamma, Bröderna Mozart, Livsfarlig film, Skyddsängel, Tala! Det är så mörkt and Besvärliga människor. He also wrote the script for Bröderna Mozart, Livsfarlig film and Skyddsängeln. Today, Glaser is a popular reciter and public speaker.


Since 1999, Johanna Sjunnesson has been a cellist with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, and she also comfortably ventures beyond the boundaries of orchestral music. As a soloist, she has performed at Berwaldhallen, the Concert Hall, Cirkus, and the Blue Hall, as well as at the Grammis Gala and the Polar Music Prize Banquet, where she has performed her own compositions.

In her own compositions, Johanna is inspired by various genres, from baroque and classical music to ambient and electronica. Her music has been played on both radio and television, and in the fall of 2023, an album featuring music for solo cello and another in ambient style, recorded with Iceland-based Mikael Lind, will be released. Lind also participated in the EP ”Celistial” released in 2021, where Johanna interprets music by Marin Marais, Henry Purcell, and Johann Sebastian Bach, among others.

Johanna Sjunnesson studied at the Royal College of Music with Elemér Lavotha, as well as abroad through several major scholarships.

Approximately concert length: 1 hour 15 min (no intermission)