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The Stranger (2022)

Together In Hope Project is partnering with USA for UNHCR (the UN Refugee Agency) to create “The Stranger”, a project designed to raise global awareness about refugees and displaced persons, and to raise funds for humanitarian aid for refugees. Planning for these events is underway:

  • World premiere of “The Stranger” at Trondheim International Olavsfest—2022. The Together in Hope Choir has been invited to deliver the opening concert of this largest cultural festival in Norway on July 28, 2022. The Together In Hope Choir and the TrondheimSolistene will perform “The Stranger”, new music composed by Kim André Arnesen.  The theme of this annual festival for 2022 is Hope.
  • U.S. premiere in Saint Paul, October 15-16, 2022. We are delighted to present two performances of this important new “music with a purpose” at the Ordway Center.  

The plight of refugees is one of the most critical issues of our time, not only in the United States but globally. More than 100 million people worldwide have been forced to flee their homes—more than at any other time since the end of World War II. The world coronavirus pandemic only intensifies the challenge. Our goal is to use the universal language of music to raise awareness of this issue.

The need is great. We can respond.

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Who We Are

  • USA for UNHCR serves vulnerable people around the world who have been forced to flee their homes because of violence, conflict and persecution.
  • Through the generosity of the American people, USA for UNHCR helps refugees survive, provides hope for recovery and prepares them for independence in a new and permanent home.
  • We protect refugees and empower them with hope and opportunity.



The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), also known as the UN Refugee Agency, is the world’s leading organization aiding and protecting people forced to flee their homes due to violence, conflict and persecution. UNHCR provides shelter, food, water, medical care and other lifesaving assistance to refugees around the world.

The dream of most refugees is to return home. When possible, UNHCR helps refugees return to their homeland. When refugees can’t go back home, UNHCR helps them rebuild their lives in another country. Since its formation by the United Nations General Assembly in 1950, UNHCR has helped an estimated 50 million refugees restart their lives and has twice received the Nobel Peace Prize.

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Kim André Arnesen

Kim André Arnesen


Kim André Arnesen (b. 1980) is one of the most frequently performed composers from Norway today. He grew up in Trondheim, played the piano at the music school and was a chorister in the Nidaros Cathedral Boys’ Choir. He was educated at the Music Conservatory in Trondheim. With a big interest in baroque music, contemporary classical music, and popular music, Kim could have taken many roads, but choral music became his greatest passion. As a composer, he had his first performance at the age of 18 with the boys’ choir. Since then he has written music that has been performed by choirs all over the world.

His major works include “Magnificat” (2010), “Requiem” (2014), “The Wound in the Water” (2016), “Holy Spirit Mass” (2017), “Tuyvahan – Beaititudes for a Wounded World” (2018), and “So That the World May Believe” (2018).

Kim is an elected member of the Norwegian Composers Society, and a full-time composer focusing on choral music. Since 2017 he has been a house composer of Boosey & Hawkes, publishers.

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