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Concerts held in Victor Borge Hall – named in honor of the legendary Danish entertainer and in recognition of his generosity to Scandinavia House – are supported in part by The Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, The Louise and Karl Andrén Fund for Musical Performance, The Victor Borge Hall Endowment Fund, and The Dunard Fund.
Tuesdays 6 – 8 pm, March 4 & April 1, 2014
Come early and stay late! Art Afterhours is a once-monthly art party with extended gallery hours, 6 to 8 pm, featuring drinks and music by Norwegian DJ Maya Vik. Meet up and socialize with other Nordic art fans at Scandinavia House to revel in Darkness & Light: Contemporary Nordic Photography after hours.
About the DJ
“Music to make babies to” is just one way to describe the sound of Norwegian bass player and solo artist Maya Vik. Although the press have drawn comparisons to Prince, Janet, Sheila E, and Vanity 6, Vik lays down a fresh brand of sexy electronic funk pop with her steamy vocals and thumping bass lines. Years of hard work has paid off for Maya which includes winning a Norwegian “Grammy” with her previous band Montée, playing in Savoy with a-Ha’s Paul Waaktaar, opening for Lenny Kravitz, and touring the U.S., Japan, Russia, Holland, and Germany with her own trio. In 2007 Elle Magazine voted Vik the “Most Beautiful Woman in Norway.” After independently releasing more than two albums worth of critically acclaimed material in two short years, Vik currently is sitting on a trove of new jams set for release throughout 2014.
See also Darkness & Light: Contemporary Nordic Photography in EXHIBITIONS section.
Saturday, March 8, 7 pm
$15 ($10 ASF Members)
Kira Kira is Kristín Björk Kristjánsdóttir, a composer and audio/visual prankster from Iceland. As a founding member of Kitchen Motors, a mischievous label and collective based on experiments in electronic music and arts, she continually breaks boundaries between forms and genres through a repertoire that includes compositions for theater, film, dance, and art installations – as well as playful multi-disciplinary productions that exceed her work as merely a composer. Kira Kira sprang from this collective in 1999 and to this day works with Kitchen Motors’ ethos at heart – a spirit of playfulness, exploring the relationship between experimental music and visual arts, collaborating with various artists.
At first Kira Kira played solo but since 2008 she has recorded and played with a wide range of musicians, mostly trumpet player Eiríkur Orri Ólafsson, Finnish percussionist Samuli Kosminen, contrabass wizard Borgar Magnason, and artist Alex Somers as well as guitarists Hilmar Jensson and Pétur Hallgrímsson.
Grandma Lo-fi: The Basement Tapes of Sigrídur Níelsdóttir is her first feature film as director and screenwriter and has been celebrated at MoMA, CPH Dox, SXSW, and a plethora of other festivals around the world.
She has released three albums, Skotta, Our Map to The Monster Olympics, and Feathermagnetik, which came out on Morr Music’s Sound of a Handshake moniker in 2012 and on Afterhours in Japan.
Co-sponsored by Iceland Naturally.
See also Grandma Lo-fi: The Basement Tapes of Sigríður Níelsdóttir/Amma Lo-fi: Kjallaraspólur Sigríðar Níelsdóttur in FILMS section.
This concert has been postponed for a later date. We apologize for the inconvenience.
New York Recital Debut: Sampo Haapamäki
Thursday, March 13, 8 pm
$20 ($15 ASF Members)
Finnish composer Sampo Haapamäki makes his New York recital debut with a concert of works presenting his chamber music, including Logo (2013) for violin and live electronics; Connection (2007) for string quartet; Haljennut (2004) for vocalist and string trio; Highway (2002) for flute and piano; Wide (2001) for clarinet, piano, violin, viola, and cello; and Avenue (2000) for alto saxophone and piano.
The following musicians will perform in this concert: Anna Urrey, flute; Paolo Marchettini, clarinet; Andrew Steinberg, alto saxophone; Kalle Toivio, piano and vocalist; Hayne Kim, violin; Julie Castor, violin; Janice LaMarre, viola; Rubin Kodheli, cello; and David Adamcyk, sound engineer.
About Sampo Haapamäki
Haapamäki (b. 1979, Finland) holds a Masters in Music from the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki and obtained his Doctor of Musical Arts from Columbia University in 2012. He took part in an annual composition and music technology course at Ircam - Centre Pompidou in Paris (2012-13). Haapamäki composes chamber music, vocal music, electronic music, concertos, and orchestral music. He was the Tapiola Sinfonietta's Composer-in-Residence for the 2011-12 season.
An international prize-winning composer, Haapamäki has received numerous awards, including the Gaudeamus International Composers Award 2004 in Amsterdam, the International Society of Contemporary Music – Young Composer Award 2005 in Zagreb, and the Teosto Prize 2006 in Helsinki.
This concert is made possible in part by a generous grant from the Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation. Co-presented with the Finlandia Foundation, New York Metropolitan Chapter and supported by the Hilppa Roby Fund for Finnish Cultural and Educational Programs at Scandinavia House.
Thursday, April 10, 8 pm
Icelandic violinist Asa Gudjonsdottir has awed audiences around the world with her flawless musicality and interpretation. Accompanied by Peter Eom, cello, and Will Lowry, piano, the 2013 ASF Fellow now displays her talents in a concert at Scandinavia House with works by Edvard Grieg, Aaron Copeland, and Johannes Brahms, along with Ljúflingslög – traditional Icelandic folk songs transcribed and arranged by Atli Heimir Sveinsson.
About Asa Gudjonsdottir
Asa Gudjonsdottir (b. Reykjavík, Iceland) began her study of the violin at the age of three and instantly became mesmerized with the instrument. She has since cultivated her talent with some of the greatest musicians in the world, including Chee-Yun Kim, Joseph Lin of the Juilliard Quartet, and Boris Kuschnir in Vienna; Gudjonsdottir currently studies with Anton Miller at the Hartt School of Music in Connecticut.
Gudjonsdottir has regularly been invited to perform in concerts and music festivals in Europe and the United States, as a soloist and as a chamber musician. Her most recent appearances have been at Harvard’s Eliot House in Boston, Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse at Lincoln Center in New York, and the Nordic embassies in Berlin. From 2010-2011, Gudjonsdottir held a year-long position at the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra. She is the recipient of the Visa Cultural Award in Iceland, a Fulbright Scholar, and a fellow of The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF).
Monday, February 24, 8 pm; Tuesday, March 25, 8:30 pm; Thursday, April 17, 8 pm; Thursday, May 15, 8 pm; & Thursday, May 29, 8 pm
Series continues in the Fall & Winter 2014-15 season
$20 ($15 ASF Members), Series pass: $80 ($60 ASF Members)
Swedish pianist and artistic director Per Tengstrand – now in his fourth season of musical programming at Scandinavia House – performs a series of concerts with distinguished guest musicians. The series highlights the repertoire of Scandinavian chamber music and its composers. Tengstrand also hosts pre-concert talks 45 minutes prior to the start of each concert.
A young musician who has already performed with the Tonhalle Orchestra, Vienna Symphony, Brussels Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, and more, star cellist Andreas Brantelid performs Percy Grainger’s La Scandinavie (Scandinavian Suite) for cello and piano (1902) and Edvard Grieg’s Cello Sonata in A minor, Op. 36 (1882) at Scandinavia House.
Three musicians from Norway, Iceland, and Sweden – David Coucheron, violin; former ASF Fellow Sæunn Þorsteinsdóttir, cello; and Per Tengstrand, piano – come together to perform two of the greatest piano trios ever written: Ludwig van Beethoven’s playful Piano Trio in E-flat major, Op. 1, No. 1 (1793) and the dramatic Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor, Op. 67 (1944) by Dmitri Shostakovich.
April 17, May 15, & May 29
To hear Beethoven’s 32 piano sonatas in their entirety is perhaps one of the most incredible musical journeys one can embark on. After more than ten years of preparation, Swedish pianist and artistic director Per Tengstrand will play the sonatas in their chronological order.
This spring, Tengstrand will begin to describe to audiences – through music and words – how the young, confident virtuoso developed into the celebrated composer of the Pathétique and Moonlight sonatas and later a deaf master in his final years. The first three of these concerts debut this spring; the remainder will continue in upcoming seasons of Music on Park Avenue.
Tengstrand plays Piano Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 2, No. 1 (1795), Piano Sonata No. 2 in A major, Op. 2, No. 2 (1796), and Piano Sonata No. 3 in C major, Op. 2, No. 3 (1796).
A performance of Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 19 in G minor, Op. 49, No. 1 and Piano Sonata No. 20 in G major, Op. 49, No. 2 (both published in 1805, although likely composed several years earlier), the “Grand Sonata” – Piano Sonata No. 4 in E-flat major, Op. 7 (1796-97) and Piano Sonata No. 5 in C minor, Op. 10, No. 1 (1797).
A concert including Piano Sonata No. 6 in F major, Op. 10, No. 2 (1796-98), Piano Sonata No. 7 in D major, Op. 10, No. 3 (1798), and Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13, commonly known as Sonata Pathétique (1798).
The 2014 Music on Park Avenue concert series is supported in part by a generous grant from Christina Lang Assael and The Assael Foundation and a grant from The Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation.
Thursdays @ 8 pm, March 27 & May 8, 2014
$20 ($15 ASF Members)
Internationally acclaimed pianist Jeffrey Siegel resumes his seventh season at Scandinavia House. Each evening is comprised of informal commentary on the music and its composers, a full performance of each work, and concludes with a short Q & A session. The accessible format enriches audience understanding of classical music for the newcomer and seasoned listener alike.
Chopin and the Romance of the Piano
March 27, 2014
Vivacious Waltzes, dreamy Nocturnes, virtuoso Études, and the demonic Scherzo No. 2 in B-flat minor,
Mistresses and Masterpieces
May 8, 2014
The passionate music inspired by the “significant others” in the love lives of composers, including Johannes Brahms, Robert Schumann, Frédéric Chopin, and Franz Liszt.
This series is made possible in part by a generous grant from The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation, Edmund C. Duffy, Director.
Ongoing, 5 – 10 pm (Last seating @ 9 pm)
$39 per person ($34 ASF Members)
Pairing top-notch Scandinavian cinema and music with fine Nordic cuisine, Smörgås Chef @ Scandinavia House continues its popular Dinner & a Concert prix-fixe 2-course dinner menu. Available from 5 to 10 pm (the last seating is at 9 pm), this ongoing offer features a selection of favorite dishes including herb-roasted chicken, cured gravlaks, and Swedish meatballs, and include one admission to that evening’s concert.
For more dinner reservations and more information, please call Smörgås Chef @ Scandinavia House at 212.847.9745 or visit smorgas.com.