This spring the Tommie Haglund Festival makes a great investment through the invitation of the Bogota Philharmonic Orchestra , (Orquesta Filarmonica de Bogota,) a very prominent symphony orchestra from Colombia, that will present the orchestral music at the festival.
In addition to this, at home in Colombia, the orchestra will be spending five weeks performing Tommie’s music in a number of concerts in several concert halls throughout the country.
Joachim Gustafsson goes on to comment, “I don’t know of any other Swedish composer who has been given so much attention abroad.”
The Bogota Philharmonic Orchestra’s General Director. David Garcia Rodriguez says that “today it is not possible to only play good music to be a good orchestra.” This means that the orchestra is active in working to create a better society, and therefore involved in various community projects where the music can be used for example to create calm and help in promoting peace. The Bogota Philharmonic Orchestra was founded in 1967 by David’s father Raul Garcia Rodriguez.
Another vitally important and exciting side of the festival are the additional events which run alongside the series of concerts, as Anders Wilhelmsson explains, “There will be a number of seminars and discussions involving celebrated guests from a diversity of genres of music and entertainment.
The festival is not only on a mission for Tommie’s music, but also to create a richer cultural life,
and more widened musical experiences for everybody in Halmstad and surrounding areas. Through the collaboration with Sturegymnasiet and Kulturskolan, young people will be actively involved in concerts, meetings with musicians, participating in workshops etc. This in a broad cooperation between council, region, the Swedish Church and local businesses.” The Tommie Haglund Festival will, as always, include music by the great English composer Frederick Delius (1862 – 1934,) who has for the past forty years been one of Tommie’s favourite and most inspirational composers.