A new CD, the Queen of Sheba and a Bach feast this week

It is the ninth week of the International Organ Summer 2016 and ahead are exciting events: A new CD will be published, we are expecting a visit from the Queen of Sheba herself and during the weekend we have a wonderful Bach feast.

Schola Cantorum’s new CD

Influential and extremely beautiful choir pieces make up the repertoire of chamber choir Schola Cantorum’s new 9070-2CD, Meditatio, published by renowned Swedish label BIS on Wednesday August 10. The music is all written in the
20th and 21st century, expressing bitter grief and loss of dear ones, simultaneously filled with the powerful hope
and comfort music can provide. Schola Cantorum celebrates the publishing of Meditatio with a concert at Hallgrímskirkja on Wednesday August 10 at 12 noon and invites concert guests for coffee and tea afterwards. Conductor is Hörður Áskelsson.

Tickets are at the entrance from 11 am on the concert day. Admittance is 2500 ISK. The CD can be purchased after the concert.

 

A visit from the Queen of Sheba

The QueenSigríður Ósk of Sheba herself will sing in Hallgrímskirkja on Thursday August 11, with mezzosoprano Sigríður Ósk
Kristjánsdóttir performing a lovely aria from Handel’s oratorio Solomon, accompanied by organist and conductor Hörður Áskelsson on the magnificent Klais-organ. Áskelsson and Kristjánsdóttir have collaborated before, resulting in their nomination for the Icelandic Music Awards. On the programme are furthermore the aria Buss und Reu from the Mattheus Passion of J.S. Bach, an Icelandic folk song and organ pieces by Bach.

Tickets are at the entrance from 11 am on the concert day. Admittance is 2000 ISK.

 

A weekend Bach feast

Hamburg : Michel , St. Michaelis , Christoph Schoener , Orgel  Foto : Michael Zapf Pressefotografie

Fantasias, Fugues and Concertos by J.S. Bach will resonate in the huge nave of Hallgrímskirkja during the weekend, with German organist and conductor Christoph Schoener’s concerts. Schoener, organist at the famous Michaeliskirche in Hamburg, has specialised in performing Bach’s works both on the organ and with his choir. On his weekend programme is the renowned Toccata und Fugue in D, performed both at the Saturday and Sunday concert. Also on the programme are romantic, German organ pieces by Brahms, Reger and Scumann along with a work by the Swiss Lionel Rogg.

Saturday August 13: Concert at 12 noon. Tickets are at the entrance from 11 am on the concert day. Admittance is 2000 ISK.

Sunday August 14: Concert at 17 pm. Tickets are at the entrance from 16 pm on the concert day. Admittance is 2500 ISK.

Online tickets at midi.is