Composer Kim André Arnesen is here!

Composer Kim André Arnesen is here!


Hi! I’m Kim André Arnesen from Trondheim
in Norway, and I’m now in the Twin Cities. I’m here to work with VocalEssence and Philip
Brunelle for the premiere of a new work of mine called Nordic Christmas. Nordic Christmas
is a set of six Nordic Christmas carols that I’ve arranged. We have translated all of the
texts to English, and I’m so excited to present these carols. I’m sure you will know at least
one of them, maybe more, but I also know that there are some more unfamiliar treasurers
here that I am so excited to introduce to you. I grew up with these carols and they
mean so much to me. I think they deserve more attention, so that’s why we did this. It was
also written for the 125th anniversary of Sons of Norway and they have supported this
commission and I want to thank them also for making this work possible. We have a quite
unusual ensemble for this work. It’s kind of a hybrid sound with classical meets folk
music. It’s going to have a string orchestra, harp, but also recorder and a Swedish nyckelharpa,
which I love. Combining these instruments gives you some really authentic Nordic sound
together with a more classical familiar sound. I’m very excited and we just had our first
rehearsal today and it’s going to be brilliant.

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