Tonight at 7pm, join me for a special pre-concert feature in anticipation of tonight's White Light festival concert, featuring music composed by Sigur Rós members Jón Þor "Jónsi" Birgisson and Kjartan Sveinsson, performed by the Hilliard Ensemble, the Latvian National chorus, and the Wordless Music Orchestra.
We'll be listening to original album versions from Jónsi and Alex's Riceboy Sleeps which will be presented later this evening in world premiere orchestrations, as well as selections from Go, Jónsi's solo album, and older works by Sigur Rós. We'll also feature a work by Johannes Ockeghem, the dedicatee of the first piece on tonight's concert, Busnoys' In Hydraulis, written c. 1467.
While the music for this program spans some 500 years, all of the works involved speak to the White Light Festival's core theme of introspective, personal, contemplative music. I can't think of a better way to prepare for tonight's exciting show. Make sure to stick around afterwards for our 7:30 p.m. Web cast! I'll be hosting a live chat during the show, and I'd love to hear your thoughts on these works, the artists, and the White Light Festival!