Roots Over the Seas – Classical Magic of Eastern Europe
Today’s Icelanders are usually connected to the region of Central- and Eastern Europe
through many personal connections because of their work, holidays, families, studies and
So did the Icelanders in the recent centuries. Furthermore, the musical and cultural
heritage of the Central-Europe has played a surprisingly big role in the cultural life and musical education of Iceland.
Great composers, choir and orchestral conductors such as Franz Mixa, Peter Urbantschitsch and Carl Billich are highlighting the strong connection between the two
In this concert we focus on the roots of the musical culture of Central-Europe. Our program consists of songs, arias, cello and piano pieces, duos, trios and folk music
from Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Poland and Russia.
The pieces were written by great and well-known classical composers such as Dvorak,
Strauss, Chopin, Liszt and Rachmaninov but also less-known and very special composers like Anton Benda and Jan Kritek Vanhal.
Bernadett Hegyi, Hungarian coloratura soprano. She is one of the greatest new talents in classical singing, with her astonishingly high acrobatic notes. Together with Márton Wirth, she formed the ensemble Opera2gether.
Márton Wirth, composer and conductor. Organist at Landakotskirkja and a conductor of
Skátakórinn, also going to perform in the concert.
Also performing: Emma Petruska, cellist from Hungary.