“Acqua Alta” Performed by Serikon and the Swedish Radio Choir (4/18/2015)

April 18, 2015

Meena Alexander’s Poem “Acqua Alta” Performed by Serikon Music Ensemble and the Swedish Radio Choir 


Meena Alexander and Pär Holmgren

As part of a climate change concert, Meena Alexander read her poem “Acqua Alta” (set to music by Swedish composer Jan Sandstrom) in Engelbrekst church, Stockholm.

The music was performed by the Serikon Music Ensemble and the Swedish Radio Choir.  Alexander’s poem was first published in her book Quickly Changing River (2008).

The concert, itself titled “Acqua Alta,” included music by Monteverdi, Gabrieli and other composers.

After the concert, Alexander, was part of a rountable discussion on climate change which included the composer Jan Sandstrom, Daniel Stighall, director of the music ensemble and the Swedish meteorologist and TV personality Pär Holmgren.


The poem “Acqua Alta” and information about Sandstrom’s collaboration with Alexander can be found here.

Information about Alexander’s Quickly Changing River, the poetry collection from which “Acqua Alta” comes, can be found here.

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