The second concert in the international concert series Sumartónar í Elliðaárdal (Summertones in Elliðaárdalur) will be given by the Aarhus University Choir from Denmark on July 9th at 8 pm at Fella- og Hólakirkja Church. The choir conductor is Carsten Seyer-Hansen.
The choir is a chamber choir consisting of 25-30 young singers from 20-40 years of age, and is known as one of the top amateur choirs in Denmark. Within a decade the choir has produced 4 recordings, and has been performing in television programs singing sacred music. A number of the singers are employed with music full time – either as musicians or as students at the University’s Music Department or at the Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus.
All the singers share a passion for contemporary music and for nordic music in particular. Several composers have written music for the choir, which has gratefully returned the favour by making and recording first performances, attracting great attention from both regional and national composers. Stefan Arason’s work has a special place in the choirs hearts because the composer himself used to sing in the choir.
The choir has attended several festivals and competitions – amongst others the NUMUS festival for contemporary music and the Concorso Polifonico in Arezzo, Italy. The repertoire covers a wide field of a capella music – mostly from the 20th century.