Commissioned Lahti City
Opus number 77
Category Orchestral music
Year 2021
Duration 10 min
Orchestration 2222-4331-timp-perc-harp-strings
Availability Gehrmans Musikförlag

Program note

ICE for Sinfonia Lahti is commissioned in honour of Lahti being the Green Capital of Europe 2021. The piece is inspired by melting ice and in the piece we can hear how landscapes and winter become ever shorter, in the end while alarm signals are chiming and all possible breaks are put into action. Through this piece I try to express how global warming as well as the collapse of ecosystems and the ever faster growing tempo of the world, is killing the beautiful snow and ice structures of millions of years, and how the heart of the earth is fighting for its existence through each beat. In this piece I have also tried to describe what happens if we WILL take action: you can hear a rewind, how action has impact and can make us go back to winters. The name ICE stands both for ice and for “In Case of Emergency”.


Cecilia Damström: ICE, Sinfonia Lahti conducted by Dalia Stasevska –  Listen on Youtube


6 August 2021 Video World Premiere by Sinfonia Lahti conducted by Dalia Stasevska

9 September 2021 Pre-World Premiere by Sinfonia Lahti conducted by Dalia Stasevska at the European Green Captial Award Ceremony

20 January 2022 World Premiere by Sinfonia Lahti conducted by Dalia Stasevska – More info