Italian Baroque is the theme for the annual Christmas concert with the Reykjavik Chamber Orchestra.
The program will be the well known Christmas concertos of Corelli and Manfredini as well as concertos by Vivaldi and Brescianello. Special guest for this concert will be Lutenist Arngeir Heiðar Hauksson performing Vivaldi’s concerto. Also featured in solo, double and triple concertos will be orchestra members Hrafnkell Orri Egilsson, violoncello, Una Sveinbjörnsdottir violin, Matthías Birgir Nardeau oboe, and Helga Þóra Björgvinsdóttir, Gunnhildur Daðadóttir and Laufey Jensdóttir violins.
The REYKJAVIK CHAMBER ORCHESTRA was founded in 1974 and has played an important role in Icelandic musical life ever since. The group gives regular concerts in Reykjavik, throughout Iceland, and in festivals in Europe and Asia. The ensemble has given the first Icelandic performances of many 20th-century masterworks, including Schoenberg’s Pierrot lunaire and Messiaen’s Des Canyons aux Étoiles. The group also works closely with Icelandic composers and has recorded numerous CDs with Icelandic music. The Reykjavik Chamber Orchestra received the Icelandic Music Award in 2004. The ensemble’s guest conductors include Vladimir Ashkenazy, Paul Zukofsky, and Petri Sakari.