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Brahms – Zemlinsky – Alma Mahler

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Þóra Kristín Gunnarsdóttir, piano, and Desirée Mori, mezzo-soprano
Brahms – Zemlinsky – Alma Mahler

Pianist Thóra Kristín Gunnarsdóttir and mezzo-soprano Desirée Mori perform songs by the fascinating and contradictory Alma Mahler, 6 Songs Op. 13 by Alma’s composition teacher Alexander von Zemlinsky and songs by Johannes Brahms, whom Zemlinsky admired greatly.

Thóra Kristín Gunnarsdóttir received a master’s degree from the University of Lucerne in 2017 and was awarded highest acclaim for her final concert. In the fall of 2017, she began her studies at The University of the Arts in Zurich, where she focuses on chamber music and Lied accompaniment.  In addition to her studies she teaches and performs concerts with the various singers and instrumentalists.

Desirée Mori mezzo-soprano, began performing with choirs, big bands and in musicals from a young age. She studied singing at the of Winterthur Conservatory and went on to receive her bacelor´s degree from the University of Lucerne. Since 2017 she has been studying with Scot Weir at the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste and appears regularly in concerts throughout Switzerland and is currently taking her first steps on the opera stage.

The HARPA Welcome Series presents home concerts with young musicians. It reaches out to those who have recently finished their studies abroad, inviting them to introduce themselves and their accomplishments to the audience at home, thus giving them a platform and an opening into professional life as musicians. Some young artists create their professional ground abroad and this series offers a possibility for our audience to follow their progress. Others come home to nurture other young talents and play a part in the extensive Icelandic musical scene. The Harpa Welcome Series shares with you our best young international Icelandic musicians: vocalists and instrumentalists, composers and ensembles of every genre — at home—in Reykjavik’s extraordinary Harpa Concert Hall.

Presented in cooperation with the Association of Icelandic Musicians.

The concerts are a part of Harpa´s Classical Sundays series and take place, either at 4 pm in the open space on the first floor or at 8pm in Björtuloft.

Classical Sundays / Schedule Winter 2019 – 2020

September 2019

08.09.2019 Passion and Malice

15.09.2019 Women of Note

29.09. 2019 The Chamber Music Society #1: Brahms & Tanyev

October 2019

06.10.2019 Camerarctica – Mozart arias and Brahms

20.10.2019 The Chamber Music Society #2: Mozart & Schumann 

27.10.2019 Reykjavík Chamber Orchestra – Three Frenchmen and Schumann

November 2019

03.11.2019 Icelandic Songs with Ragnheiður Gröndal

10.11.2019 Sólveig Thoroddsen – The Harp in Harp

17.11.2019 The Chamber Music Society #3 – Camerarctica

24.11.2019 Sonatas for Cello and Piano

December 2019

08.12.2019 Reykjavík Chamber Orchestra Christmas Concert

January 2020

19.01.2020 The Chamber Music Society #4 – Kodály and Rakhmaninov

26.01.2020: Popular Romantic Lieder

February 2020

02.02.2020 Brák Baroque Ensemble

09.02.2020 Stirni Ensemble

16.02.2020 Hulda Jónsdóttir and Gudrun Dalia

16.02.2020 Anna Sóley Ásmundsdóttir and Ensemble

23.02.2020 Suites and Waltzes from East and West

March 2020

01.03.2020 Cauda Collective

08.03.2020 The Chamber Music Society #5 – Siggi String Quartet

15.03.2020 The Chamber Music Society #6 – Weinberg and Shostakovich

22.03.2020: Björk Níelsdóttir and Matthildur Anna – Total Chaos

29.03.2020 Reykjavík Chamber Orchestra – Beethoven for 250 years

April 2020

13.04.2020 Minua Jazz Trio

19.04.2020 Bach and the Children – Icelandic Strings

May 2020

03.05.2020 Brahms – Zemlinsky – Alma Mahler

10.05.2020 String Quartets

24.05.2020 Brák Baroque Ensemble