Danish Firsts

Danish Firsts
© photo by Marianne Grøndahl
Fact: Home of the Vikings. Fact: Slightly less than twice the size of Massachusetts. Fact: The land of The Little Match Girl, Thumbelina and The Ugly Duckling. Fact: The high employment rate is primarily due to the large number of women in the workforce. Fact: Home of Hans Christian Andersen We're talking about Denmark, of course, and in the contemporary music arena, Denmark's making waves abroad with a pair of concerts featuring North American premieres. Our neighbor to the North starts things off in Victoria, British Columbia when, on 23 October, Aventa New Music features an evening of first performances of works by Peter Bruun, Svendt Hvidfelt Nielsen and Anders Nordentoft. "We are very excited about this event," notes music director William Linwood. "Danish music and musicians have had a major impact on our ensemble. Aventa's first experience with Danish music was Bent Sørensen's SHADOWLAND. This work made such an impression on both our members and our audience…Last spring, I had the opportunity to travel to Copenhagen and meet with several composers and…[afterwards] was able to plan what we hope will be a very special concert. It's excellent music and we are grateful for the opportunity to bring it to our audience." On the 31st, the second continental premiere takes place on "mischief night" when ensemble members of the Chicago Symphony present Bent Sørensen's THE WEEPING WHITE ROOM. Programmed as part of the orchestra's MusicNOW series, Augusta Read Thomas - the CSO's Mead-composer-in-residence - chose this work because "Bent Sørensen's composition is an exquisitely beautiful work - one of great sensitivity, nuance and power." Given the bewitching title, Sørensen shares, "As usual the title came first. But where is that room? And what is it? Who is weeping? I am not sure!"

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