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Sigur Rós’ LA Philharmonic Shows Will Have Dan Deacon, Owen Pallett, & Anna Meredith Arrangements

April 13 – 15 at the Walt Disney Concert Hall

Jan 17, 2017 Dan Deacon
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Iceland’s Sigur Rós are performing three concerts with the Los Angeles Philharmonic on April 13, 14, and 15. Now they have announced that some notable musicians will be providing guest string arrangements for the shows: Dan Deacon, Owen Pallett, Anna Meredith, and Nico Muhly will all be taking part. Also involved are the less well known, but no less accomplished David Lang (film composer of The Great Beauty and Youth), Missy Mazzoli (Opera Company of Philadelphia composer in residence), Icelandic composer Páll Ragnar Pálsson, and Daniel Bjarnarson (the co-curator of the Disney Hall’s Reykjavík Festival who also worked on the band’s 2008 album, Með suð í eyrum…). These collaborators will be working on new and old songs for Sigur Rós’ three performances.

According to a press release, each performance “will be prefaced by a different symphonic and choral program, including new work from long-term Sigur Rós collaborator and Amiina member Maria Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttir, as well as pieces from Anna Þorvaldsdóttir and Jón Leifs.” The orchestra will also perform the U.S. premieres of Haukur Tómasson’s piano concerto, with Icelandic soloist Vikingur Ólafsson, and Hlynur Aðils Vilmarsson’s BD. And there will be a world premiere of a new violin concerto from Daníel Bjarnason, performed by Pekka Kuusisto. The full program details are below, followed by all the band’s U.S. tour dates.

Program Details:

Thursday, April 13
Friday, April 14
Saturday, April 15
Los Angeles Philharmonic
Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor
Sigur Rós
Schola Cantorum Reykjavík
Pekka Kuusisto, violin (April 13)
Vikingur Ólafsson, piano (April 14)
James McVinnie, organ (April 15)

Each program preceded by Nordic Affect chamber music program.

Program 1 (April 13):

Schola Cantorum Reykjavík (a cappella choral works TBA)
Hlynur Aðils VILMARSSON BD (U.S. premiere)
Daníel BJARNASON Emergence (U.S. premiere)
Sigur Rós works

Daníel Bjarnason’s Violin Concerto for Pekka Kuusisto (LA Phil commission) is postponed to Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at the Hollywood Bowl in a performance to be conducted by Gustavo Dudamel

Program 2 (April 14):

Schola Cantorum Reykjavík (a capella choral works TBD)
Haukur TÓMASSON Piano Concerto (LA Phil co-commission; U.S. premiere)
Vikingur Ólafsson, piano
Sigur Rós works

Program 3 (April 15):

Schola Cantorum (a capella choral works TBD)
María Huld Markan SIGFÚSDÓTTIR Aequora
LEIFS Organ Concerto
James McVinnie, organ
Sigur Rós works

Sigur Rós North American Tour Dates:

4/7 - Santa Barbara, CA - Santa Barbara Bowl
4/8 - Berkeley, CA - Greek Theatre
4/11 - Irvine, CA - Bren Events Center
4/13 - 4/15 - Los Angeles, CA - Walt Disney Concert Hall (accompanied by LA Philharmonic)
5/20 - Gulf Shores - Hangout Fest
5/21 - New Orleans, LA - Saenger Theatre
5/23 - Atlanta, GA - The Fox Theatre
5/25 - Columbia, MD - Merriweather Post Pavilion
5/28 - Toronto, ON - TD Echo Beach
5/30 - Montreal, QC - Place des Arts
6/2 - Detroit, MI - Masonic Temple Theatre
6/3 - Chicago, IL - Auditorium Theatre
6/4 - Columbus, OH - Palace Theatre
6/5 - St Louis, MO - Peabody Opera House
6/7 - Dallas, TX - Bomb Factory
6/9 - Austin, TX - ACL Live at The Moody Theater
6/10 - Austin, TX - ACL Live at The Moody Theater
6/12 - Nashville, TN - Andrew Jackson Hall
6/13 - Louisville, KY - Louisville Palace Theatre
6/15 - Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE
6/16 - Philadelphia, PA - Mann Center for the Performing Arts
6/17 - Queens, NY - Forest Hills Stadium

Read our 2013 interview with Sigur Rós about Kveikur.


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