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Musicians from Finland and Iceland for Mostly Nordic Concert Series in May

Sunday, May 18, 2014 - 4:00pm
Nordic Heritage Museum
3014 NW 67th Street, Seattle, WA 98117 - Google Map

The Mostly Nordic Chamber Music Series and Smörgåsbord wraps up its 19th season with the final two concerts: the penultimate on Sunday, May 18 devoted to Finland — and featuring a direct descendent of Jean Sibelius — the last devoted to Iceland on Sunday, June 1


On Sunday, May 18 enjoy the sounds of Jussi Makkonen on cello and Ruusamari Teppo, piano during this “Fantastically Finnish” concert. Direct descendent of Jean Sibelius, Ruusamari Teppo is an award-winning pianist (Bradshaw, Buono, and Petrof competitions), renowned on stages throughout Europe. Teppo is joined by cellist Makkonen, a concert artist on three continents and recording artist.

Well-known as champions of Sibelius’s music, together they present Finnish works for cello and piano including a rare selection of pieces performed only by members of the Sibelius family.

Cellist Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir travels from Iceland for the Sunday, June 1concert of “Iced Coffee” where she will be performing with Seattle’s Parnassus Project. Thorsteinsdottir debuted with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Toronto Symphony and is a graduate of Cleveland Institute and The Juilliard School. She has collaborated with Itzhak Perlman, Richard Good, and the Guarneri Quartet.

For this concert, she is joined by Parnassus Project of greater Seattle, praised for connecting chamber music to the cafe culture with top-notch performances and interaction with audiences providing a fresh take on the classical concert experience. The program features rarely heard Icelandic gems by Hallgrímsson, Nordal, Bjarnason, and Bjornsson culminating with Brahms A Major Piano Quartet in grand style.