The Swedish chamber orchestra Camerata Nordica performs standing up and without a conductor. - CMC

Camerata Nordica

Chamber Music Concerts will kick off its season with Camerata Nordica. The 13-member Swedish chamber orchestra will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, Southern Oregon University Music Recital Hall, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland.

The program will include Johan Helmich Roman's Ouverture; Wilhelm Stenhammar's Mesto from String Quartet no. 1 in C Major, Op. 2; Astor Piazzolla's Spring & Summer; Carl Nielsen's Little Suite; Hugo Wolf's Italian Serenade; and Fritz Kreisler's Schön Rosmarin.

Camerata Nordica (formerly Camerata Roman Sweden) is one of Sweden's leading chamber orchestras with a distinctive profile in performing as a "Camerata" — an orchestra without a conductor.

The musicians are selected from the best among Nordic players and they always perform standing up. Camerata Nordica has performed with James Galway, Barbara Bonney, Barbara Hendricks and Barry Tuckwell, among other musicians.

Camerata Nordica celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2004. The orchestra's intense performing style appeals to audiences, from the classical concert halls to young people at Sweden's main rock festival.

Camerata Nordica tours all over Sweden and has been chosen to represent Sweden abroad in places such as the United Kingdom (four times), Germany, Poland, the Baltic States, the U.S. (six times), Mexico, Brazil and Argentina.

The orchestra has recorded extensively, focusing on Scandinavian composers. Since 1993, the group has released 14 CDs including the great classics, and appear regularly on Swedish television and radio.

Camerata Nordica's music director Levon Chilingirian was appointed in 1997, together with associate director Terje T7/8nnesen. Principal guest director Ulf Wallin was appointed in 2005.

T7/8nnesen, who appears with Camerata Nordica in the U.S., was born in Oslo, Norway, in 1955. He made his debut at 17 years old and the Norwegian press described it as "so dazzling that it was almost unparalleled."

Tickets are $26-$30, and $5 for students. See www.sou.edu/cmc, or call 552-6154.

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