Swedish Composer, Karin Rehnqvist

Date: March 20, 2012 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Columbia University, Morningside Campus, Miller Theatre

This World Leaders Forum program, titled A Call, A Prayer, An Incantation, will feature composer Karin Rehnqvist, who will discuss her search for new models of musical expression, turning fear, jubilation, wonder, grief, and ecstasy into song. Rehnqvist's talk will be enriched with performances by Swedish vocalists Lena Willemark and Ulrika Boden and musicians from the contemporary music ensemble Either/Or. The discussion will be followed by a question and answer session with the audience. A reception will follow the program.

One of Sweden's best-known and widely performed composers, Karin Rehnqvist is particularly notable for her incorporation of unusual, cross-genre forms and ensembles. Her work explores the intersection of Western classical and Swedish folk music, incorporating the traditional Nordic vocal technique kulning. A recent rave in Gramophone called her music "marvelous" and "stunning," the sort of revelatory work that "requires one to discard preconceptions of what constitutes Western art music." In 2009, she was appointed Professor of Composition at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, thereby becoming the first woman to hold a chair in composition in her native Sweden. To view a video highlight of Karin Rehnqvist's work, please click here.

This World Leaders Forum event is co-sponsored and presented by Miller Theatre as a preview to the Composer Portrait concert of Rehnqvist's music on March 22 at the theater. Concert tickets and additional information can be found here.