The Chicago Philharmonic Society is presenting Nordic Sounds, which is a celebration of Danish music and culture, on September 21, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. at Pick-Staiger Hall in the Chicago suburb of Evanston, Illinois.
The event will feature the U.S. solo premiere of Christina Åstrand, one of Denmark’s finest violinists who became leader of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra/DR at the age of 22. She is passionate about promoting Danish music worldwide and will be performing the Midwest premiere of her countryman Niels Gade’s Violin Concerto.
Also on the program is Danish composer Carl Nielsen’s First Symphony, which premiered in 1894 and was dedicated to his wife, the Danish sculptor Anne Marie Carl-Nielsen. Rounding out the concert are Tchaikovsky’s Overture to Hamlet, and Arvo Pärt’s If Bach Had Been a Beekeeper. Danish Folk trio Nordland Band will perform in the foyer before the concert and during intermission. The event is sponsored by the Danish Embassy and VennWell, and is supported in part by a Danish Arts and Culture grant from the Chicago Community Trust. More info: www.chicagophilharmonic.org.