Zenobia has played at many different venues – churches, cultural houses, music halls, folk schools, festivals:
Alsion, The Danish Institute in Athens, Jenle, Musikhus Dexter, Månen in Haderslev, Nordkraft, Tønder Kulturhus, Viborg musiksal, Strib vinterfestival, Renbæk Statsfængsel (for H.M. The Queen), Odense Koncerthus, Musikhuset Aarhus, Horsens Ny Teater, Skagen Festival, Tunø Festival, Odense Domkirke, Sommersang i Mariehaven, Nordens Hus in Tórshavn, Katuaq in Nuuk, Folk Baltica, DK4s live concerts, Blomsterfestival in Odense, Vor Frue Kirke in Århus, Læsø Kirke, Hagge’s Musik Pub in Tønder, Vartov, Aalborg Kongres & Kultur Center, the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen…
Zenobia can be booked for different types of concerts:
Zenobia – Danish Traditional Songs
The most often performed Zenobia concert consists of well known seasonal songs and popular hits of the Danish song tradition. In addition the trio normally presents a few of their own compositions to well-known words, or entirely new songs. During the set the trio also plays a few instrumentals, be they traditionals or new compositions in the tradition by Mette Kathrine Jensen Stærk. The option to have group-singing in the programme is always open if songbooks, hymn books or sheets are available at the venue.
Zenobia concert – original/Merely a Fire
A Zenobia concert with only Zenobia’s own compositions with a focus on the publication “Blot en Ild” (2017). The music is all written exclusively by the ladies of Zenobia. The lyrics in ‘Blot en Ild’ are parts of classic texts that have been combined with new melodies. In Kai Hoffmans ‘Den danske sang er en ung blond pige’; and H.C. Andersen’s ‘I Danmark er jeg født’ one will find a new approach that has the intent to invite listeners to contemplate the meaning behind the lyrics once again. There are also newly written verses by Benny Holst, and by Zenobia’s author on previous productions, Martin Rauff-Nielsen. During the set the trio also plays a few instrumentals.
Carl Nielsen Concerts
The 150th anniversary of the birth of Carl Nielsen was celebrated in 2015. Zenobia started their celebration in 2013 with the release of ‘From the Shores of Funen’, featuring the popular melodies for songs written by the great classical composer. These songs are at the centre of the concert, and are presented with tales of the life of Carl Nielsen, and his collaboration with great Danish poets such as Jeppe Aakjær. The tale of how the young Carl Nielsen grew up with a folk musician father and later worked as a military musician, is told through the inclusion of a few instrumentals.
Music for Church Services
Zenobia will play prelude and postlude music during Holy Communion. In addition Zenobia can play musical pieces during the church service itself. Hymns can be accompanied by the local organist or by Zenobia. In advance to the church service Zenobia will work with the church priest to choose hymns that match the particular service’s message and Zenobia’s folk style tones.
Winter and Christmas concerts
This is a concert mainly played in the dark months of Scandinavian winter; and around Christmas the repertoire centres particularly on the hymns and songs of the season. Zenobia also presents their own compositions and a few instrumentals at these shows.
Zenobia has played multiple festivals as part of the programme, as well as church concerts and morning sing-alongs in relation to festivals. The church concerts are regular Zenobia concerts with hymns, some folk songs and narration between compositions. Morning-events with communal singing most often include non-hymnal compositions as well; traditional songs from the Danish folk highschool songbook.
Carl Nielsen for Children
This concert is centred around a number of Carl Nielsen’s beautiful melodies for Danish songs, and tells the stories of the great composers childhood and youth through music, children’s songs and instrumentals.
Zenobia is always open to exploring experiments in concert formats; new venues and concert-forms are most welcome, so feel free to contact the trio with any inquiries and ideas for events, you might have.