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Sibelius and Beethoven – Iceland Symphony

New and old music is woven together in this programme at the Iceland Symphony, spanning centuries from Beethoven to a brand-new Nordic work. Lapland-born Finnish composer Outi Tarkiainen has been highly praised for her music and was nominated for the Nordic Council Music Prize in 2018. Her most recent work, a co-commission by the Iceland Symphony and Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, is inspired by Arctic ice and the slow rhythm of the changing seasons.

Beethoven’s wonderfully lyrical Romance for violin is interpreted by Una Sveinbjarnardóttir, the Iceland Symphony’s third concertmaster, and a recent tuba concerto by Matthew Hightower is performed by Nimrod Ron, the Iceland Symphony’s tubist. George Walker was the first black composer to receive the Pulitzer Prize in Music, and the passionate Lyric for strings is his best-known work. The concert concludes where it began, in the Arctic North, with Sibelius’s masterpiece Pohjola’s Daughter, inspired by Finnish mythology and folk poetry.

  • Program

    Outi Tarkiainen Songs of the Ice, premiere
    Ludwig van Beethoven Romance in F major
    George Walker Lyric for Strings
    Matthew Hightower Tuba Concerto
    Jean Sibelius Pohjola’s Daughter

    Eva Ollikainen

    Una Sveinbjarnardóttir violin
    Nimrod Ron tuba