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Eva Conducts Brahms

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Date Location Price
12 Nov 2020 » 20:00 - 21:00 Eldborg | Harpa 2.600 - 8.100 ISK
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  • Program

    Joseph Haydn Cello Concerto in C Major
    Julia Perry A Short Piece for Orchestra
    Kenneth Fuchs Concerto for Bass Bassoon and Orchestra
    Johannes Brahms Academic Festival Overture

  • Conductor

    Eva Ollikainen

  • Soloists

    Sigurgeir Agnarsson cello
    David Bobroff bass trombone

The Viennese masters Haydn and Brahms open and close this programme at the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, which also includes works by two American composers. Haydn’s virtuosic Cello Concerto is a masterful creation and will be performed here by Sigurgeir Agnarsson, the Iceland Symphony’s principal cellist. The concert concludes with Brahms’s Academic Festival Overture, a delightful romp of a piece that culminates with the well-known student song Gaudeamus igitur.

Julia Perry is among the 20th-century composers that have been largely forgotten, despite having written exceptionally good music. A student at Juilliard in the 1950s, she gained some attention in her time, but as a black woman composer, her opportunities were limited. Her lively concert piece has been revived with increasing frequency in the last few years and is a stunningly good work. Also on the programme is a new concerto for bass trombone by Kenneth Fuchs, whose colorful and accessible music earned him a Grammy Award for Best Classical Compendium in 2018. The BBC Music Magazine refers to him as a “master of orchestral writing” who “writes tonal orchestral music of great imagination.”