Scandinavian Winter Fairy Tales

Scandinavian Winter Fairy Tales

Christmas concert with Karin Strobos

Ciconia Consort conducted by Dick van Gasteren
Karin Strobos, mezzo-soprano


Saturday, November 26, 2022 – 8:00 PM
Edesche Concert Hall, Ede

Saturday December 10, 2022 – 3:00 PM and 8:15 PM
Nieuwe Kerk, The Hague CARDS
extras: dinner Pavlov + €24
concert with educational childcare  (4-10 years) register via

Wednesday December 14, 2022 – 8:00 PM
TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht

Saturday, December 17, 2022 – 8:15 PM
Great Church, Naarden
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Wednesday December 21, 2022 – 8:00 PM
Theater Dakota, The Hague TICKETS
19:00 Support act: JOIN WITH Ciconia Consort , Peer Gynt Suite Grieg

Thursday, December 22, 2022 – 8:00 PM
Theater Hanzehof, Zutphen TICKETS
19:00 Support act: JOIN WITH Ciconia Consort , Peer Gynt Suite Grieg

Friday, December 23, 2022 – 8:15 PM
De Lievekamp, ​​Oss


NIELS W. GADE (1817 – 1890) – Novelettes for string orchestra, opus 53 (Andantino-Allegro vivace e grazioso)
PETERIS VASKS (b. 1946) – Epifania for orchestra
EDVARD GRIEG (1843-1907) – Songs from Peer Gynt (including Solveigh’s Song)
MAX BRUCH (1838-1920) – Serenade after Schwedischen Volksmelodies
ENOJUHANI RAUTAVAARA (1928-2016) – Die Liebenden, song cycle for soprano and string orchestra
EDVARD GRIEG (1843-1907) – Holberg suite, opus 40

Christmas in Scandinavia is a true festival of lights. The days are short and cold and the lights of Santa Lucia play an important role in the Christmas celebrations. Nature, with its special northern lights spectacle, also makes a wonderful contribution. Christmas fairy tales from Lapland, Swedish trolls, Norwegian niches, vast snowy Finnish forests and reindeer complete the magical picture, because Julenisse (Santa Claus) lives in the far north of Scandinavia, in Lapland, close to the North Pole.

In Scandinavia, the Feast of Lucia marks the beginning of the Christmas season on December 13; the shortest day of the year, the day of the solstice and return of light. The Lucia tradition originated in the Middle Ages, but also has elements of pre-Christian midwinter celebrations. Early in the morning girls in white clothes with a red sash and candles on their heads come to wake their parents and the rest of the family and bring them food. They also sing special Lucia songs. According to tradition, each village chooses its own ‘Lucia’ every year.

In The Hague, the Lucia festival is also an annual event. Every year the Swedish ambassador donates a large Christmas tree for the Lange Voorhout to the city of The Hague. Together with the mayor, he lights the lights on December 13. Traditional Lucia songs are sung and there is hot chocolate and glögg.

Together with mezzo-soprano Karin Strobos, Ciconia Consort takes you through the wonderful world of Peer Gynt, Santa Lucia and stories from Lapland. A romantic music program from and about Scandinavia ; from the beautiful and well-known Holberg suite by the Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg to the mystical Die Liebenden by the Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara, a work in the late-romantic style by Mahler and Strauss. The youngest concert visitors are also very welcome at this Christmas concert for the whole family!

Karin Strobos
In 2011 the Dutch mezzo-soprano Karin Strobos filled in for De Nationale Opera in Amsterdam under the direction of Sir Simon Rattle with the role of Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier by Richard Strauss. This performance garnered critical acclaim. The Dutch press spoke of a dream debut. Her career has really taken off since then. Strobos also performed the roles of Flora ( La Traviata ) and Phénice ( Armide ) at Dutch National Opera.
Karin Strobos studied with Henny Diemer at the Utrecht Conservatory, where she received her Master’s degree with distinction in 2009. She also received singing lessons from Brigitte Fassbaender, Iris Dell’Acqua, Gemma Visser and Margreet Honig.
With her trio Strobos-Bercken-End she won the ‘Debut Audience Award’. She also received the Grachtenfestivalprijs 2011 and the Gouden Viooltje.
From 2009 to 2011, Strobos was part of the permanent ensemble of Opera Zuid, where she performed the title role in Rossini’s La Cenerentola, among other things. At the Nederlandse Reisopera she sang the roles Cherubino, Flora, Rosina and Der Komponist ( Ariadne auf Naxos ). From 2014 to 2019, Strobos was part of the permanent soloist ensemble of the Aalto-Musiktheater in Essen, Germany. There she performed roles such as Cherubino, Charlotte, Suzuki, Zerlina, Idamante, Dorabella, Rosina, Elvira, Adalgisa, Siébel and Amando. Now she regularly returns to the Aalto-Musiktheater as a regular guest soloist.
In addition to opera repertoire, Strobos frequently performs as a soloist with Dutch orchestras such as the Residentie Orkest, the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. Her concert repertoire includes Mahler’s Fourth Symphony and Lieder eines Fahrenden Gesellen . She made her debut with the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Edo de Waart in the Saturday matinee in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw with the First Symphony by Willem Jeths, who wrote two parts with vocal solo especially for her.
Ciconia Consort previously worked successfully with Karin Strobos with Wagner’s Wesendoncklieder, which recently appeared on the CD ‘Rheingold’ on the label Briljant Classics