januar, 2018



For this concert Mogens Dahl Chamber Choir collaborates with one of the Danish big names in contemporary music: Athelas Sinfonietta Copenhagen. We stand side by side, when NJORD Biennale’s focus on the relationship between music and poetry unfolds for the first time.


Through an interplay of choir works and short instrumental intervals the audience slides away on a spiral triggered by festival composer Anna Thorvaldsdottirs Ad Genoa into the core of the concert, where a string trio meditates over her Reflections before being twirled outwards again to complete the evening with Per Nørgård’s Dream Songs for choir and percussion.

This concert is the opening concert at this year’s NJORD New Nordic Music Biennale, and we thus open with a tribute to art and its ability to create reflection. With Mogens Dahl Chamber Choir and Athelas Sinfonietta Copenhagen as cornerstones, the evening’s program revolves around life as a constant search; a journey for clarity across darkness – and art’s ability to realise these reflections in spoken word as well as in wordless music. For more information, please visit: www.njordbiennale.com



Anna Thorvaldsdottir (f. 1977)
Ad Genua for sopran, choir and string quintet (2016).
Words: Gudrun Eva Minervudottir

Anna Cederberg-Orreteg (f. 1958)
Music to Hear, Sonet 8 for choir and clarinet (2009), written for Mogens Dahl Chamber Choir. Words: William Shakespeare

Benjamin Staern (f. 1978)
2 Tranströmer songs for alto and piano (2008)
Words: Tomas Tranströmer
April och Tystnad
Tre strofer

Anna Thorvaldsdottir:
Reflections for string quartet (2016)

Lasse Thoresen (f. 1949)
SolSirkler for baritone, string quartet and piano (2016)
Words: Edvard Munch

Per Nørgård (f. 1932)
Drømmesange for choir and percussion (1981)
Words: Finn Methling

In between pieces with words there will be a performance of Anders Nordentofts ‘Three vignets for solo viola’.

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