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.
Thursday, August 20, 7 pm
Renowned Danish baritone Thomas Storm, accompanied by pianist Tanya Gabrielian, presents a festive evening of music that celebrates the 150th anniversaries of Denmark and Finland's most prolific composers – Carl Nielsen (1865-1931) and Jean Sibelius (1865-1957) – and highlights some of their most important and beloved works from the Romantic and post-Romantic song repertoires all indicative of national heritage and identity.
Among the works are Nielsen's Five Texts by J.P. Jacobsen, Opus 4 (1891), I know a lark's nest/Jeg ved en Lærkerede (1923), Look! The sun is red, mum/Solen er så rød, mor (1926), and John, the Roadmender/Jens Vejmand(1909), along with Sibelius' Come away, death/Kom nu hit död and Hey oh, the wind and the rain/Hållilå, uti storm och i regn from Twelfth Night/Trettondagsafton, Op. 60 (1909) and selections from 5 Songs, Op. 37
About Thomas Storm
Thomas Storm received his education from the Carl Nielsen Academy of Music Odense and graduated from the Royal Danish Opera Academy in Copenhagen in 2011, where he studied under Professor Kirsten Buhl Møller. Storm has also studied privately with Gregory Lamar in New York and worked with coaches such as Michael Eliasen, Fiona McSherry, Rachel Andrist, Neville Dove, James Johnson, and Philip Langridge.
Since his debut at The Royal Danish Opera in 2009 as Schaunard in La Bohéme, Storm has established himself as one of the most sought-after Danish baritones and has performed all over Denmark, including Moralés in Carmen, Bob in The Old Maid and the Thief, and Le Geolier in Les Dialogues des Carmélites at The Royal Danish Opera. At the Funen Opera in Odense he has performed modern pieces including Orpheus 68 and Dr. Jekyll's lawyer, as well as traditional repertoire, including Enrico Ashton in Lucia di Lammermore, Danilo in The Merry Widow, Il Conte in Le Nozze di Figaro, and Guglielmo in Così fan tutte.
In 2013 Storm was appointed the Carl Nielsen Artist by the Odense Symphony Orchestra and performed Nielsen's Symphony No. 3 "Sinfonia Espansiva," Op. 27, FS 60 (1910-11) and a number of recitals featuring the composer's work that were broadcast live on Danish Radio.
Storm has received numerous prizes and grants, among them the Reumert Talent Award in 2013 for his interpretation of Guglielmo in W.A. Mozart's Così fan tutte, The Léonie Sonning Music Prize (2012), The Funen Opera's prestigious Lars Waage Prize (2012), and the Aarhus Summer Opera Prize.
About Tanya Gabrielian
Lauded by The Washington Post for her “strikingly poised nobility” and “commanding presence,” pianist Tanya Gabrielian has captivated audience worldwide with her gripping performances. Gabrielian has performed on four continents in acclaimed venues including Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York, Sydney Opera House, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Wigmore Hall in London, and the Salle Cortot in Paris, and with such orchestras as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, London Sinfonia, and the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra.
Gabrielian rose to international acclaim with first prizes in the Scottish International Piano Competition (2004), Aram Khachaturyan International Piano Competition (2003), and the Pro Musicis International Award. Recent performances include performances in Carnegie Hall in New York, Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Dame Myra Hess Concert Series in Chicago, Edinburgh International Festival, and a return recital engagement at Wigmore Hall in London. Her London debut performance at the Southbank Center, sponsored by the Philharmonia Orchestra, was chosen as “Performance of the Year” by Seen and Heard International, and she has been featured on the cover of the magazine Clavier.
Co-presented by the Consulate General of Denmark in New York, the Consulate General of Finland in New York, and the American Scandinavian Society of New York with additional support provided by The Funen Opera/Den Fynske Opera, Solistforeningen af 1921, and the Augustinus Foundation.
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.