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Journey Through Orbit

Friday Series

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

    Missy Mazzoli Sinfonia (for Orbiting Spheres)
    Kjartan Sveinsson New work
    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.“

Kjartan Sveinsson, keyboardist with Sigur Rós for a number of years, has created a name for himself as a composer in his own right. Among key works he has written are Stríð and Kraftbirtingarhljómur guðdómsins, created in collaboration with Ragnar Kjartansson, which have travelled far and wide. This programme features a new orchestral work from Kjartan, written specially for the ISO. 

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.