Nordic Lights Festival in Berlin

The Nordic Lights Festival brings together the four most important baroque orchestras in Northern Europe – Barokkanerne, Concerto Copenhagen, Drottningholms Barockensemble, Finnish Baroque Orchestra – and the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra for an inspiring celebration of music in Berlin.

The festival will begin with a performance of Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Philharmonie Berlin conducted by Pablo Heras-Casado. Following the performance, the four orchestras of the Nordic Baroque Scene and the FBO will continue their journey north together and present Edvard Grieg’s “From Holberg’s Time” as a string ensemble for one evening.

On the following evening, the five orchestras will present a diverse programme that not only demonstrates the musical richness of Northern and Central Europe, but also the almost unlimited interpretation possibilities for original sound instrumentation.

Friday, 30 June 2023, Philharmonie Berlin – Live broadcasted by Deutschlandfunk Kultur Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, op. 61
Max Urlacher, actor / Pablo Heras-Casado, conductor / RIAS Kammerchor / Freiburg Baroque Orchestra
Edvard Grieg: “From Holberg’s time” Suite for string orchestra op. 40
Gottfried von der Goltz, musical director / Barokkanerne / Concerto Copenhagen / Drottingholms Barocksemble / Finnish Baroque Orchestra / Freiburg Baroque Orchestra

Saturday, 01 July 2023, Säälchen at the Holzmarkt
Barokkanerne & Ragnhild Hemsing, Hardanger fiddle / Concerto Copenhagen & Jakob Bloch Jespersen, bass-baritone / Drottningholm Baroque Orchestra & Torbjörn Näsbom, nyckelharpa / Finnish Baroque Orchestra & Petri Kumela, baroque guitar / Freiburger Barockorchester
Traditional music from Sweden and Norway / Works by A. Vivaldi, F. Couperin, D. Buxtehude, J. H. Roman, J. Agrell, F. Berwald, L. Boccherini, C. Baguer, M. Marais, J. Haydn, A. Auvinen, A. I. Pettersen