December 1, 2006
In keeping with tradition, the 2006 Nobel Prize Award Ceremony and the Nobel Banquet in Stockholm will take place on December 10, as they have done with a few exceptions since 1901. The Nobel Peace Prize will be awarded the same day in Oslo.
The Nobel Day will begin with the Nobel Prize Award Ceremony at the Stockholm Concert Hall. The music in the programme will be performed by the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of conductor Petter Sundkvist. In addition, acclaimed cellist Andreas Brantelid will perform works by Joseph Haydn and Gabriel Fauré. Earlier this year, Mr Brantelid won the Eurovision Young Musicians Competition in Vienna.
The floral decorations at the Prize Award Ceremony will be arranged by florist Helén Magnusson of Hässelby Blommor. There will be about 13,000 flowers in the Concert Hall, donated by the City of Sanremo, ranging in colour from brown to wine-red and yellow to lime-green. Among the flowers will be calla lilies, mimosas and orchids.
After the Prize Award Ceremony comes the evening's Nobel Banquet. In keeping with tradition, the menu will be kept secret until the Banquet has begun at 7:00 p.m. In charge of arrangements surrounding the meal are Ulf Östenius, General Manager of the City Hall's Stadshuskällaren restaurant and Gunnar Eriksson, the restaurant's Chef de Cuisine. In charge of this year's menu are Håkan Thörnström of the Gothenburg restaurant Thörnströms kök and Magnus Johansson of the Stockholm dessert café Xoko. The Banquet guests will enjoy the best classic Nordic raw materials, prepared with a modern touch.
The theme of this year's divertissement at the Banquet is dance. In charge of the concept, direction and stage design is Kenneth Kvarnström, Artistic Director at the House of Dance. Some of Sweden's most prominent dancers will perform.
About 10,000 flowers, green sprigs and leaves have been donated by the City of Sanremo to decorate the City Hall, where Gunnar Kaj is in charge of the floral decorations for the seventh consecutive year. Dance in many forms has inspired him to employ elongated lines and light, brilliant tones in this year's arrangements.
When the Banquet is over and the guests have risen from the table,
it will be time for dancing upstairs in the Golden Hall. Just like
last year, the Phontrattarne orchestra will provide the music.
One event that last year was re-introduced during the Nobel Week is the Nobel Prize Concert, arranged by Nobel Media AB in partnership with the Stockholm Concert Hall. The Nobel Prize Concert will take place at the Concert Hall on December 8 with one of the world's leading sopranos, America's Renée Fleming, as the year's soloist. Ms Fleming, who has never before performed in Sweden, will appear together with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of conductor Lawrence Renes. This year about half of the tickets have been sold to the general public.
The Nobel Week programme will also include the Laureates' Nobel Lectures and press conferences. The programme will conclude on December 12 with individual visits by the Laureates at the Nobel Foundation.
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