The Choral Arts Society of Washington brings the music of Scandinavia to the Kennedy Center Concert Hall on Sunday, May 22nd at 5PM. "Northern Lights: Choral Illuminations from Scandinavia and Beyond" features the folk soul of countries around the Baltic Sea with works by Jean Sibelius, Edvard Grieg, Hugo Alfven, and Carl Neilsen. The world premiere of Finnish composer Olli Kortekangas called "Seven Songs for Planet Earth" makes up the second half of the concert. Scored for large orchestra, symphonic chorus and children's choir, this tone poem sets text by American writer and poet Wendell Berry and St. Francis of Assisi. Classical WETA's Deb Lamberton spoke with Choral Arts' founder and artistic director Norman Scribner about his Nordic-inspired program.
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