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For concert reservations, call 212.847.9740 or email event_reservation@amscan.org.

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.

Upcoming Concerts

Art Afterhours

Tuesday, March 3, 6 pm
Free | #VirtualVoyage

The 3rd Floor Gallery is open late with extended hours this March! Enjoy new Nordic music, grab a refreshment, and explore the exhibition Voyage to the Virtual after hours, while socializing with other art enthusiasts.

Image Credit:
Ann Lislegaard, Bellona (after Samuel R. Delany), 2005 
Video installation with sound, 11 min.
Courtesy of the artist and Murray Guy New York.


See also Voyage to the Virtual in EXHIBITIONS section.

Kaija Saariaho: Spectral Landscape
New York New Music Ensemble

Thursday, March 5, 8 pm
$20 ($15 ASF Members)

Instrumental Chamber Music by Kaija Saariaho New York New Music EnsembleThe Pierrot-style New York New Music Ensemble presents an evening of music that spans the distinguished career of celebrated Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho, including Duftfor solo clarinet (2012); Calices for violin and piano (2009); Trois Rivières: Delta for solo percussionist and electronics (2001); Gates (1991); Petals for cello and electronics (1988); and Jardin Secret II for harpsichord and electronics (1986).

About New York New Music Ensemble

Since 1976 New York New Music Ensemble (NYNME) has commissioned, performed, and recorded important, current, and up-and-coming composers, acting as the means by which many of these composers have become better known and appreciated by the public. Currently the ensemble features Daniel Druckman, percussion; Chris Finckel, cello; Stephen Gosling, piano; Jean Kopperud, clarinet; and Linda Quan, violin.

The ensemble has traveled extensively in Europe, Asia, and South America to perform, teach, and record. Its members have participated in many college residencies, including at Long Beach City College, the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and the University of Pittsburgh, and have appeared at both national and international festivals, including the Ravinia Festival, the June in Buffalo Festival, and The Thailand International Composition Festival. 

NYNME has recorded over 20 CDs of new and important chamber works and continues to record many works written for the ensemble. In March 2014 Naxos released a volume of works performed by NYNME of pieces by Richard Festinger. In early 2015, Albany Records will release a CD of works by the late Jonathan Harvey, performed by NYNME. 

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Cries and Whispers/Viskningar och rop
International Brazilian Opera Company

Thursday, March 26, 8 pm | Pre-concert talk @ 7:30 pm
$20 ($15 ASF Members)

Cries and Whispers/Viskningar och rop – International Brazilian Opera CompanyBrazilian composer and International Brazilian Opera Company (IBOC) artistic director João MacDowell makes his Scandinavia House concert debut with his third opera Cries and Whispers. Inspired by Ingmar Bergman's 1972 film of the same name and the Greek myth of Hekate, the story centers on three sisters – Laura, Dina, and Betty – as they prepare for the imminent death of the youngest.

The roles of Laura, Dina, and Betty will be performed by the sopranos Kristin Young, Alexandra Filipe, and Brooke Larimer.
Performed in English.

About the International Brazilian Opera Company

The International Brazilian Opera Company (IBOC) is a New York-based non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization that supports the creation and development of new operatic repertoire that combines ideas from both Brazilian and international artists, while providing an educational structure for new talent to emerge.

About João MacDowell

Brazilian composer João MacDowell has a career that spans from electronic music to bossa nova to opera. Tamanduá, his first opera (2008), received the Boston Metropolitan Opera's Merit Award in 2014. MacDowell's second opera, Plastic Flowers, premiered in New York City in 2012, and was fully staged in Rio de Janeiro (2014-15).The National Theater Orchestra in Brasilia, Brazil (OSTNCS) premiered João MacDowell's Symphony No.1 in 2014, conducted by Claudio Cohen.

After he participated in an artistic residency at The Bergman Estate on Fårö in 2014, where he worked on Cries and Whispers, the International Brazilian Opera Company premiered an excerpt from the opera in March 2014.

Ulla Pirttijärvi & Ulda

Saturday, May 9, 7 pm
$15 ($10 ASF Members)

Ulla Pirttijärvi & UldaEsteemed Finnish Sámi joik singer Ulla Pirttijärvi-Länsman and her ensemble Ulda present a concert of Sámi joik music, expressing the rich traditions of Sámi culture through contemporary folk music.

About Ulla Pirttijärvi & Ulda

Ulla Pirttijärvi-Länsman is a Sámi joik singer from Angeli, Finland. She began her career with the musical group Angelin Tytöt, but left soon after to pursue a solo career. She now performs contemporary arrangements of traditional joik music with the ensemble Ulda.

Founded by Pirttijärvi-Länsman in 2009, Ulda is devoted to expressing themes of Sámi culture and the north.

The ensemble has traveled extensively in the Nordic countries, continental Europe, and Russia and currently features Ari Isotalo, drums and percussion; Marko Jouste, strings, vocals, and percussion; Ulla Pirttijärvi-Länsman, vocals, percussion; and Mikko Vanhasalo, wind-instruments, vocals, and percussion.

In 2012 the trio released their first album, Ulda, to critical acclaim. Ulda's newest album Roijk will be released spring 2015.

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Upcoming Concert Series

Keyboard Conversations® with Jeffrey Siegel: Concerts with Lively Commentary

Thursdays @ 8 pm, March 12 & May 7, 2015
$25 ($20 ASF Members)

Keyboard Conversations® with Jeffrey Siegel: Concerts with Lively CommentaryInternationally acclaimed pianist Jeffrey Siegel returns for his eighth season of Keyboard Conversations® 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.

The Music of Joyous Celebration

March 12

In dulci jubilo (BWV 729), J.S. Bach's exhilarating chorale prelude; Robert Schumann's exuberant Novelletten, Op. 21, No. 2 in D major (1838); the vivacious Waltz in A-flat major, Op. 42 (1840) by Frédéric Chopin; Frühlingsrauschen, Op. 32, No. 3 (Rustle of Spring) (1896) by Norwegian composer Christian Sinding; Festpræludium (1900) by Danish master Carl Nielsen; Finnish composer Selim Palmgren's May Night (No. 4) from Spring, Op. 27 (1906-07); and Sergei Rachmaninoff's stupendous transcription of Fritz Kreisler's beloved Liebesfreud from Three Old Viennese Melodies (1905).

Three Great “B’s”: Bach, Beethoven, & Brahms

May 7

An evening featuring J.S. Bach's joyful Toccata in D major, BWV 912 (1710); Ludwig van Beethoven's genial Piano Sonata No. 24 in F-sharp major, Op. 78 (1809) and the humorous 7 Variations on “God Save the King,” in C Major, W00 78 (1803); and Johannes Brahms' lilting 16 Waltzes, Op. 39 (1865), moving 3 Intermezzi, Op. 117 (1892), and the virtuoso Variations on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 35 (1863), based on the famous Caprice No. 24 in A minor by Niccolò Paganini (1802-17).

Keyboard Conversations® with Jeffrey Siegel: Concerts with Lively Commentary is made possible in part by a grant from The Evelyn Sharp Foundation.

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Music on Park Avenue: Evenings with Pianist Per Tengstrand

Thursday, March 19, 8 pm; Thursday, April 23, 8 pm; & Thursday, May 14, 7 pm
$25 ($20 ASF Members)

Music on Park Avenue: Evenings with Pianist Per TengstrandSwedish pianist and artistic director Per Tengstrand – now in his fifth season of musical programming at Scandinavia House – performs a series of concerts with a focus on a chamber music repertoire, highlighting distinguished composers and musicians.

The Swedish Violin

March 19 | Pre-concert talk @ 7:15 pm

Internationally-acclaimed Swedish violin virtuoso Christian Svarfvar joins Music on Park Avenueartistic director Per Tengstrand for an evening of explosive and exciting chamber music, including Maurice Ravel's Violin Sonata No. 2 in G major (1923-27).

About Christian Svarfvar

Christian SvarfvarChristian Svarfvar (b. 1982) is an award-winning violinist and one of Scandinavia's most sought-after and exciting musicians.

Born into a family of musicians, Svarfvar began to play the violin at the age of five under the supervision of Sven-Ole Svarfvar his father and concertmaster of a number of leading orchestras in Scandinavia. By the age of 12, Svarfvar made his solo debut with Charles-Auguste de Bériot'sViolin Concerto No. 7, Op. 76 with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra. After which he was invited back to perform Felix Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op. 64 the following year.

After completing his compulsory education, Svarfvar began his studies at the Royal College of Music, Stockholm under the supervision and guidance of Professor Henryk Kowalksi and later Professor Per Enoksson.

In 2004 Svarfvar was admitted to The Julliard School, where he studied with Robert Mann, founder and first violinist of The Julliard String Quartet and completed the school's two-year program in one year.

In addition to Julliard, Svarfvar has received scholarships from the Royal Swedish Academy of Music and The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF).

Svarfvar has performed all over the world and worked with such conductors as Stefan Solyom, Hannu Lintu, Vassily Sinaisky, Douglas Boyd, Howard Shore, Petter Sundqvist, Brett Dean, Marin Alsop, and Jorma Panula. He has also performed as a soloist with all major Swedish orchestras, inclusive of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, the Malmö Symphony Orchestra, the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Musica Vitae, Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, the Stockholm Sinfonietta, the Northern Chamber Orchestra, and The Royal Opera Orchestra, among others.

His career highlights include a celebrated performance of Carl Nielsen's Violin Concerto, Op. 33with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra (2003), P.I. Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto, Op. 35 with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra and appearances with the Stockholm Sinfonietta, as well as numerous chamber music and violin recitals at Lincoln Center (2004), an acclaimed performance of Antonio Vivaldi's Four Seasons in Tchaikovsky Hall, Moscow, and a series of concerts at Seoul Art Center, Seoul (2013). He also released a widely-praised recording of the complete violin sonatas by Edvard Grieg.

Svarfvar plays a Stradivarius Anno violin from 1709.

An Evening of Chamber Music with Young Musicians

April 23 | Pre-concert talk @ 7:15 pm

Hear the musical stars of tomorrow! In an evening filled with classical masterpieces, young, up-and-coming instrumentalists perform alongside Per Tengstrand on the piano.

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Beethoven: Anguish and Triumph

May 14

Award-winning author and composer Jan Swafford visits the Music on Park Avenue series to mark the occasion of his newest book Beethoven: Anguish and Triumph (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014) and discuss Ludwig van Beethoven's music and life with Per Tengstrand.

The evening includes music by Beethoven, Joseph Haydn, and W.A. Mozart, with Tengstrand at the piano.

About Jan Swafford

Jan SwaffordJan Swafford's music has been played around the country and abroad by ensembles including the symphonies of St. Louis, Indianapolis, and the Dutch Radio; Boston's new-music groups Musica Viva, Collage, and Dinosaur Annex; and chamber ensembles including the Peabody Trio, the Chamber Orchestra of Tennessee, and the Scott Chamber Players of Indianapolis.

Also a well-known writer on music, Swafford is the author of biographies on Charles Ives (W.W. Norton, 1996), Johannes Brahms (U.S.: Knopf, 1997; U.K.: Macmillan, 1998), and Beethoven (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014). His journalism appears regularly in SlateThe GuardianThe Independent, among others. Swafford is a long-time program writer and preconcert lecturer for the Boston Symphony and has written notes and essays for the orchestras of Cleveland, Chicago, San Francisco, and Toronto.

About Per Tengstrand

Per TengstrandPer Tengstrand (b. 1968, Växjö) is a Swedish pianist and artistic director of Music on Park Avenue: Evenings with Pianist Per Tengstrand at Scandinavia House. He began playing the piano at six years old and entered the Malmö Academy of Music at age 16, studying under Hans Pålsson. In 1985 Tengstrand was accepted at the Conservatoire de Paris in the class of Dominique Merlet. He continued private studies with Dominique Weber and Romuald Sztern to prepare for international piano competitions.

Tengstrand has received numerous honors and awards, including First Prize at the 1997 Cleveland International Piano Competition. He was named a laureate of the Geneva Competition (1996) and a laureate of the Paris International Long-Thibaud Competition (1996). Tengstrand was the recipient of the 1997 Anders Wall Foundation Scholarship and was awarded the 1999 Musician Award by the Swedish Arts Grants Committee. While at the Conservatoire de Paris, Tengstrand received the Premier Prix, Premier Nommé, and the Prix Spécial du Jury and was awarded the Prix de Virtuosité at the Geneva Conservatory. In 2005 he was decorated with the "Litteris et Artibus" Medal by King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden for outstanding service to the arts. He is also the recipient of the 2014 Lunds Studentsångförenings Solistpris (LSS) Award, one of Sweden's biggest musical awards.

Recent career highlights include performing Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat majorduring Neeme Järvi's final subscription concerts with the New Jersey Philharmonic; performances with the National Symphony Orchestra at Wolf Trap; the Residentie der Leonard Slatkin; and the Madison Symphony Orchestra, under Edo de Waart. Tengstrand has recorded the complete cycle of Beethoven sonatas for his Mindfeel label.

His 2014-15 concert season includes engagements with Norddeutsche Radio Symphony Orchestra in Leipzig; the Detroit Symphony Orchestra; Orchestre de la Suisse Romande in Geneva, Switzerland; and the Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra.

Tengstrand makes his home in Princeton, New Jersey with his wife and collaborator, pianist Shan-shan Sun. They comprise the Tengstrand-Sun Piano Duo, which has enjoyed great success following their first prize at the 2003 Murray Dranoff International Two-Piano Competition. The duo has released three CDs on the Mindfeel label, and he has recorded a solo CD for ProPiano of Alexander Glazunov's The Seasons (1900) and his Konzertwalzer (a world premiere).

The 2015 Music on Park Avenue concert series is supported in part by a generous grant from The Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation and a grant from Christina Lang Assael and The Assael Foundation.

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food icon Smörgås Chef’s Dinner & a Concert

Ongoing, 5 – 10 pm (Last seating @ 9 pm)
$41 per person ($36 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 to10 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 reservations, please call Smörgås Chef @ Scandinavia House at 212.686.4230 or visit smorgas.com.

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