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Odeum to give three free concerts in San Francisco during its California tour

The Academic Orchestra and the Lund Academic Choir performing at Lund University
The Academic Orchestra and the Lund Academic Choir performing at Lund University
by Claës Lawett, courtesy of Odeum

Odeum is the name of the music department at Lund University in Sweden. Performances are prepared and presented regularly by the Academic Orchestra and the Lund Academic Choir. The orchestra was founded in 1745, making it the third orchestra to be formed in Sweden. The Choir was originally created as a women’s choir in 1927 as an alternative to the male choirs already active at the university. It became a mixed choir in 1958 and joined Odeum in 2014. Both the orchestra and the choir participate in major university events, and the choir gives about ten public performances every year. At the beginning of next month, both ensembles will be touring California with conductor Cecilia Martin-Löf.

That tour will begin in San Francisco, where three concerts will be presented. The repertoire will feature Nordic composers, and many of the recent works will be receiving their first performances outside Sweden. The specific dates, times, and venues will be as follows:

Saturday, May 3, 8 p.m.: The Lund Academic Choir will give a concert in cooperation with the International Orange Chorale of San Francisco (IOCSF), taking place in St. Mark’s Lutheran Church at 1111 O'Farrell Street, just west of the corner of Franklin Street. This will be a shared program on which the Lund choir will present two recent Swedish compositions, "Regn og Rusk og Rosenbusk" by Bo Holten and "Ascent" by Mattias Sköld. They will also sing "Liberté" from Francis Poulenc's cycle Figure humaine. The IOCSF portion of the program will present sacred music by Uģis Prauliņš and Ivo Antognini. The ensembles will then join forces to conclude with a performance of John Tavener's "Song for Athene."

Monday, May 5, 1:10 p.m.: The Lund Academic Choir will give a one-hour recital as part of the Concert Music (MUS 150) course at San Francisco State University; this will be held in Knuth Hall in the Creative Arts Building.

Monday, May 5, 7:30 p.m.: This will be the one concert in which the orchestra will join the choir. It will be held at Grace Cathedral at 1100 California Street on Nob Hill. There will also be an “Alumni Mingle” prior to the performance beginning at 5:30 p.m.

All three concerts are free and open to the general public. However, at both St. Mark's and Grace Cathedral donations to the Lund University Foundation will be appreciated. The suggested donation amount is $20 per person and $5 for students. In addition, an RSVP is required by April 28 for the Grace Cathedral event. This can be made by filling out an online form on the event page for this concert. No RSVP will be required for the other two concerts; and seat selection will be on a first come, first served basis.

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