Nordic music is prominent on this Iceland Symphony Orchestra programme, alongside a new concerto by the American composer Kenneth Fuchs.
The Danish composer Carl Nielsen wrote his delightful Helios-overture in 1903 while in Greece, inspired by ancient culture and art. His wife, Anne-Marie, was a sculptor, and when she was invited to visit Greece, her husband joined her and acquired a piano so that he could compose. Tapiola is one of Jean Sibelius’s many works inspired by Finnish folk poems and mythology, in this case, the forest spirit Tapio. This was Sibelius’s last major work; although he lived for 30 more years, he decided shortly afterwards to stop writing music.
Lapland-born Finnish composer Outi Tarkiainen has been highly praised for her music and was nominated for the Nordic Council Music Prize in 2018. Her most recent work, a co-commission by the Iceland Symphony and Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, is inspired by Arctic ice and the slow rhythm of the changing seasons.
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.” The soloist is American trombonist David Bobroff, who has been a member of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra since 1995.
Listen to the concert live on Channel 1 (Rás 1) of the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service (RÚV).
Ticket sales and concertgoer's guide
In accordance to local health regulations and to ensure the safety of our patrons, the Eldborg concert hall in Harpa has been divided into several areas, each with a maximum capacity of 50 guests. To ensure space between guests, one empty seat will be reserved between each ticket order. We also offer seats that ensure a distance of 2 meters on all sides, but these tickets must be booked through the Harpa ticket office, tel. 528-5050. Read our concertgoer's guide here.
Carl Nielsen: Helios Overture
Kenneth Fuchs: Concerto for Bass Trombone
Outi Tarkiainen: Songs of the Ice
Jean Sibelius: Tapiola