Edition Samfundet composers Simon Steen-Andersen and Jesper Koch are both prominently represented with orchestral works on this year's edition of the World Music Days in Sweden. The festival began this weekend, September 24th, in the the city of Visby, then moves on to Växjö on September 28th and finishes with a four day program in Gothenburg starting on October 1st. Steen-Andersen's and Koch's works are both performed in Gothenburg on October 1st and 2nd respectively.
Simon Steen-Andersen's work Ouvertures is a concerto for the Chinese traditional string instrument Gu-Zheng (played by the young, virtouse soloist Liu Le) and won the first prize in the Shanghai Spring International Music Festival in 2008. On the concert in the Gothenborg Concert Hall on October 1st (both 6 PM and 21 PM), the Gothenburg Symphony plays under the baton of Pierre-André Valade.
Jesper Koch's work The Snow Queen was originally written upon commission from the Symphonic Fairytales Project in 2005 and has been performed on several occasions since then. This time the performenace is in the safe hands of the Gothenburg Opera Orchestra and conductor Christian Eggen and takes place in the Gothenborg Concert Hall on October 2ns at 18 PM.