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Icelandic Songs with Ragnheiður Gröndal

Sunday Classics

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Within the Classical Sunday series we present a concert of popular Icelandic songs, performed and arranged by a distinguished group of musicians who have all been active in Reykjavik´s music life in recent years. Ragnheiður “Ragga” Gröndal sings, accompanied by members of Trio Nordica, pianist Mona Kontra, violinist Auður Hafsteinsdóttir and cellist Bryndis Halla Gylfadóttir.

Ragnheiður has enhanced the Icelandic music scene for quite some years, and won the hearts of many an Icelandic music lover with her beautiful voice and unique character. She has released four albums: Ragnheiður Gröndal in 2003, Vetrarljóð in 2004, After the Rain in 2005 and Þjóðlög in 2006. She has also sumg on albums for Jón Ólafsson, her brother Haukur Gröndal and the band Ske. Ragnheiður is a winner of the Icelandic Music Awards, for both best album and singer of the year in 2004.

Trio Nordica was founded in 1993 by Auður Hafsteinsdóttir, Bryndís Halla Gylfadóttir and Mona Kontra. The trio has performed extensively both in Iceland and abroad and has a well earned reputation as a dynamic and vibrant group of musicians. In addition to performing the most reputed classical piano trios the group has in its repertoire more obscure Nordic trios, modern works and is also keen on shedding light on trios not often heard, written by female composers. The trio has recorded several CD´s, one of which comprises music by Elfrida Andrée.

Þórður Magnússon has established himself as one of Iceland´s most proficient composers as well as being a sought after arranger. He has received numerous prizes and scholarships and was in 2004 nominated for the Nordic Music Awards. The same year his first symphony earned him the prize “Composition of the Year” at the Iclandic Music Awards.

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