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.




For more than 90 years, the Swedish Radio Choir has contributed to the development of the Swedish a cappella tradition. Under the leadership of legendary conductor Eric Ericson, the choir earned great international renown. It is still hailed as one of the best choirs in the world. The choir members’ ability to switch between powerful solo performances and seamlessly integrating themselves in the ensemble creates a unique and dynamic instrument praised by critics and music lovers alike, as well as by the many guest conductors who explore and challenge the choir’s possibilities.

Permanent home of the Swedish Radio Choir since 1979 is Berwaldhallen, the Swedish Radio’s concert hall. In addition to the seated audience, the choir reaches millions of listeners on the radio and the web through Klassiska konserten i P2. Several concerts are also broadcast and streamed on Berwaldhallen Play, offering the audience more opportunities to come as close as possible to one of the world’s top choirs.

With the 2020–2021 season, Kaspars Putniņš begins his tenure as the tenth Music Director of the Swedish Radio Choir. Since January 2019, Marc Korovitch is the choirmaster of the Swedish Radio Choir with responsibility for the ensemble’s continued artistic development. Two of the orchestra’s former Music Directors, Tõnu Kaljuste and Peter Dijkstra, were appointed Conductors Laureate in November 2019. Both maintain a close relationship with the choir and make regular guest appearances.

The Swedish Radio Choir was founded the same year as the Swedish Radio Service began its broadcasts and the choir had its first concert in May 1925. Right from the start, the choir had high ambitions with a conscious aim to perform contemporary music.

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.

Johanna Sjunnesson har sedan 1999 sin hemvist som cellist i Sveriges Radios Symfoniorkester och rör sig även vant bortom orkestermusikens gränser. Som solist har hon framträtt i Berwaldhallen, på Konserthuset, Cirkus och i Blå hallen, på Grammisgalan och Polarprisbanketten, där hon framträtt med egenkomponerad musik.

I sina egna kompositioner inspireras Johanna av olika genrer, från från barock och klassisk musik till ambient och electronica. Hennes musik har spelats i både radio och tv, och hösten 2023 släpps en skiva med musik för solocello och en i ambient-stil inspelad med Islandsbaserade Mikael Lind. Lind medverkar även på EP:n Celistial släppt 2021, där Johanna tolkar musik av bland andra Marin Marais, Henry Purcell och Johann Sebastian Bach.

Johanna Sjunnesson studerade vid Kungliga Musikhögskolan för Elemér Lavotha, samt utomlands genom flera stora stipendier.

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