• Kaija Saariaho on her Ingmar Bergman-inspired Laterna magica

    On May 23, Franz Welser-Möst leads The Cleveland Orchestra in a performance of the New York premiere of Kaija Saariaho's Laterna magica.

    Here, Carnegie Hall's 2011-2012 composer-in-residence explains how filmmaker Ingmar Bergman's autobiography provided the inspiration for the piece. Saariaho also shares how the iconic Swedish director's belief that the human soul was a "damp red thing" was inspirational for core elements of this composition.

    This concert is the final event of Kaija Saariaho's season as Carnegie Hall's Richard and Barbara Debs Composer's Chair.

    May 23, The Cleveland Orchestra
    Kaija Saariaho: Richard and Barbara Debs Composer's Chair