Friday Series at Dark Music Days

In Norðurljós Hall

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Date Location Price
11 Mar 2022 » 18:00 » Friday Norðurljós | Harpa 3.900 kr.
  • Program

    Missy Mazzoli Sinfonia (for Orbiting Spheres)
    Sveinn Lúðvík Björnsson Glass Ridges (premiere)
    Anna Þorvaldsdóttir CATAMORPHOSIS

  • Conductor

    Daníel Bjarnason

Two new and exciting Icelandic orchestral works are on the programme for this must-see concert.

Anna Þorvaldsdóttir is one of the leading composers of the present day, and her works have triumphed all over the globe in recent years. Her newest symphonic composition, CATAMORPHOSIS, was premiered in January 2020 by the Berlin Philharmonic, which commissioned the work jointly with the New York Philharmonic, the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and the ISO. The critic from The Guardian was captivated, saying that the music was reminiscent of Sibelius but „stands entirely on its own feet, creating an utterly convincing musical world.“

A new orchestral piece by Sveinn Lúðvík Björnsson is always good news. His contemplative style has brought him deserved attention, and when the Iceland Symphony performed his Clarinet Concerto in 2014, the critic from Fréttablaðið called it a mesmerising experience, ranking the concerto “among the very best Icelandic concerti I have ever heard.”

Rounding out the programme is Missy Mazzoli's Sinfonia (for orbiting spheres), written in 2013 for the LA Philharmonic. Mazzoli was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2019, and the New York Times characterised her as “one of the more consistently inventive, surprising composers now working in New York.”

An exciting concert with fresh new creations from Iceland and the US.