Turning hate into symphony


Swedish Symphony Orchestra have done something pretty special with some of the hate mail they received after a performance at the Helsingborg Concert Hall in Sweden featured music created by LGBT composers, recreating hateful letters into a powerful cantata. After a group of LGBT musicians received a message from a troll stating that their music made him feel disgusted, it inspired them to create something beautiful. “As an artistic institution, we naturally actively relate to our surroundings and events going on around us. The hate letter I received reeked of contempt and fear for the love between human beings,” composer Fredrik Österling told Queerty. He teamed up with another queer musician Rickard Söderberg and performed their common creation in the most gloriously camp way possible: by wearing a rainbow t-shirt, rainbow glasses, and nail polish. “Hatred of such poetic ambitions I cannot let go unnoticed,” wrote Söderberg in a Facebook post alongside the video of the cantata, “It’s a shame they sent their words in letter form, otherwise we could have heard their nice vibretto ,” he added.


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