György Ligeti


Osvaldo Golijov

Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind

Charlie Chaplin

Smile from Modern Times (arr. Pontinen)

Victoria Ollas

Exodus for Clarinet and Strings (American premiere)

Martin Fröst, director and clarinet

Swedish traditional

Jag vet en Dejlig Rosa (I Know a Fair Rose) (arr. Ek)

Swedish traditional

Rolig Pers Polska (Funny Person Polska) (arr. Ek)

Swedish traditional

Emigrantvisa (Emigrant Song) (American premiere) (arr. Göran Fröst)

About This Program

Clarinetist and director Martin Fröst examines the theme of exodus, performing works of composers who have been displaced or emigrated from their birth country that connects us with various waves of migration from the 19th century to the present. Fröst’s thrilling instrumental virtuosity is on full display in Golijov’s epic Dreams and Prayers, a wordless work evoking three languages—Aramaic, Yiddish and Hebrew. The program features the American premiere of Swedish-Russian composer Borisova Ollas’s new work Exodus, as well as arrangements of traditional Swedish songs.

This event is part of the Where Words End Festival. Led by Artistic Partners Pekka Kuusisto and Martin Fröst, the title Where Words End is inspired by the Finnish composer Jean Sibelius quote, “For me, music begins where words end.” The festival brings together artists of various disciplines and backgrounds to join the SPCO in exploring themes of immigration and cultural identity through the lens of the Nordic music and heritage that is so deeply woven into the cultural fabric of our community.

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