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Not For Those Afraid of the Dark

A concert will be performed in total darkness in the Nordic House in Reykjavík today, Saturday.

Iceland is brimming with music these days. A group of young musicians from around the world is organizing the Podium Music Festival. The program features both new compositions and works by better known masters including Ravel, Brahms, Vaughan-Williams, d’Indy, Previn, Rosza, Golijov, Korngold, Schnittke, Lyapunov, Martinu, Bartók, Nordheim, Montague, Roden, Sørensen, Vasks, Adams og Xenakis.

The opening concert was held at Stokkalækur a small concert house in rural South Iceland. Today, Saturday, two very interesting concerts will be held at the Nordic House. At 15.00, (3 p.m.), the program is called “Wandering Music”. The program is:

Arne Nordheim (1931-2010): Duplex for violin and cello (1992)

Steve Roden (1964-): Pavilion, Score 5

Ingibjörg Fridriksdóttir (1989-): Loop alive (2013)

Stephen Montague (1943-): Kristallnacht

Bent Sörensen (1958-): Schattenlinie (2010)

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897): Piano quartet no. 1 í g minor, op. 25

Reykjavík’s Nordic House. Photo: Iceland Review.

The second concert in the Nordic House starts at 17.30 (5.30 p.m.) and is called “Not for those Afraid of the Dark”. It will be performed in total darkness.

The program consists of:

Alfred Schnittke (1934-1998): Hymn II

Iannis Xenakis (1922-2001): Mikka “S”

Petris Vasks (1946-): Bass trip (2003)

Petter Ekman (1989-): open – close (2013) World premiere.

Ingibjörg Fridriksdóttir (1989-): Myrkraverk (Dark Deeds) (2013)

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937): Trio in A major for Piano, Violin and Cello

The final concert of the Podium Festival will be held at Harpa concert hall, Sunday June 9th at 15.00 (3 p.m.) The program will include works by Iannis Xenakis, Peteris Vasks, Béla Bartók og John Adams. Admission is free.

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