Swedish woodwind quintet Arctic 5, featuring Emma Wahlström (French horn), Anna Swedén (flute), Lina Nilsson (bassoon), Ellen Ivansson (clarinet) and Alejandro Briceño (oboe), bring a lively performance of works by Johan Helmich Roman, Carl Nielsen, Per-Erik Moraeus, Carl Michael Bellman, Katarina Leyman, Birger Sjöberg, and Ted Gärdestad, and other composers to Scandinavia House.

They will also perform the traditional Swedish folk song Jag vet en dejlig.

About the Artists

Arctic 5 is a woodwind quintet that started in the summer of 2015 by a group of friends in Northern Sweden. The founders Emma Wahlström (French horn) and Anna Swedén (flute) with Lina Nilsson (bassoon), Ellen Ivansson (clarinet) and Alejandro Briceño (oboe) were brought together through their shared love of eccentric and vibrant tone color. Their highly acclaimed premiere concert was at the music festival Festspelen in Piteå in June 2015, and since then, they have performed all over Sweden.

Their performances are known for their joyous programming, dynamic musicianship and artistic depictions of iconic Swedish forests and fragments of the northern lights. Arctic 5 believes in creating experiences that are centered in liveliness, leaving their audiences in festive spirits.

Arctic 5 is currently in a two-year residency as the Graduate Fellowship Woodwind Quintet at Montclair State University. There, they go beyond the traditional quintet repertoire to unfold new bearings on their musical journey as a multifaceted group. They also serve as mentors and leaders in various university ensembles. Through their flexibility and wide range of programming, Arctic 5 pushes the boundaries of chamber music and has premiered new music by Swedish composers including Jörgen Häll.


During their time in America they have given performances at the Church of Sweden in New York City, Montclair Public Library, Leshowitz Recital Hall, Kasser Theatre and more. Through their inspirational outreach programs, they’ve had the opportunity to collaborate with actor Frankie Faison, among others.

Additionally, Arctic 5 is passionate about sharing historical stories through music and this concert season, the group is developing a project highlighting music related to the Holocaust in collaboration with Dr. Tamara Freeman (Holocaust Ethnomusicologist).

Arctic 5 will make their Carnegie Hall debut in the 2019-20 season.



THUAPR 11—7:30 PM
$15 ($10 for ASF Members)