I like to draw and paint while music is playing. Especially live music, like during a concert by De Amsterdamse Cantorij this summer. This concert took place during the weekend of the longest day and therefore had ‘midsummer celebration’ as the main theme. The Midsummer Festival is one of the biggest festivities of the year in the Scandinavian countries and the countries bordering the Baltic Sea. To honor St. John’s Day, there are large bonfires, singing and dancing all (clear lighted) night long.
The Cantorij sang all kinds of songs of St. John: traditionally inspired compositions and contemporary settings of poems about the midsummer celebration. The most important work was the impressive 1967 Jaanilaulud by Veljo Tormis, but I was especially touched by Kung Liljekonvalje by David Wikander from 1924.