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Christmas and Lucia with our student musicians at Odeum

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The University’s cultural and public centres offer many events in the run-up to Christmas. Take the opportunity to check out the broad programme.

As usual, Odeum, Lund University’s music centre, invites everyone to the traditional Christmas and Lucia concerts in the beautiful auditorium of the Main University Building. The Lund Academic Choir will conduct its atmospheric Lucia procession on three occasions and will also perform with the Lund Academic Orchestra at the two Christmas concerts that take place on the second Sunday of Advent.

During the academic year, Odeum offers an extensive range of events such as theme evenings entitled Thursday Talks, at which musicians and researchers from the University talk about specific themes for the semester such as “depictions of nature”, “German thinkers” and currently “art and health”, a joint theme for our arts and museum activities at LU. Thursday Talks are a good way of linking together music and ongoing research from different faculties.

Odeum also arranges concerts featuring musicians from all over the world, each year there is a festival of contemporary music and, of course, we see and hear the Lund Academic Orchestra at the academic ceremonies such as the doctoral degree conferment ceremony. However, perhaps the most special aspect of the orchestra and choirs at Odeum is that they are student-based, i.e. they are made up for most part of students from all of our programmes. Not least, international students show a great interest in getting involved and the participants in these musical activities are extremely talented to the extent that listeners would probably deem them to be professional.

Enjoy our students’ fantastic musicianship not only in December, but also in next year’s programme of concerts.

/Ann-Kristin Wallengren, pro vice-chancellor

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This text is a part of  LU News 20 - 2022