Archive for January, 2009

Yesssss!

Government’s down. Dead and gone.

Now let’s hope for something a bit better. At least it can’t get any worse, that’s for sure. And the people responsible for the crash aren’t sitting in the catbird seat anymore. Well, the Central Bank dude, but I’m certain that won’t be for long.

Congratulations are in order :D

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a group of singers

went downtown earlier tonight and sang over the dead body of the current government. Got on the front page of the biggest online newsagent. I do look a bit foolish on the photo, though :D

everything going crazy

downtown, yesterday and today, haven’t brought my camera but photos abound in Icelandic webpages. Fires (no, not houses or cars, just fairly innocent bonfires), ppl yelling and banging on pots and pans, thousands of us, all day and into the night.

Finally!

Tonight one of the parties currently in government has had this huge meeting and decided to demand immediate change of government.

Finally!

Something’s happening, up here.

pepper spray

Concert

Hljómeyki Chamber Choir and ancient music group Rinascente proudly present G.F. Handel’s Dixit Dominus, Sunday, February 1st in Neskirkja, at 8 PM (20.00). Also on the programme there will be two solo cantatas by Handel, Clori, mia bella Clori, for solo soprano and instruments and Il duello amoroso.

Soloists Hallveig Rúnarsdóttir, Jóhanna Halldórsdóttir, Marta Guðrún Halldórsdóttir and Eyjólfur Eyjólfsson

The conductor is Magnús Ragnarsson
Hljómeyki Chamber Choir was founded in 1974. The choir mainly concentrates on performing new Icelandic music, commissioning at least one major work annually. Hljómeyki was one of 13 choirs that commissioned and premiered Richard Rodney Bennett‘s The Glory and the Dream in 2001. In recent years the choir has performed regularly with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra; it will sing Haydn‘s Creation with the orchestra this coming April. Other recent projects include Rachmaninoff‘s All-night vigil, collaboration with the Icelandic Dance Company in the production of Haust 2001 and a concert featuring works by six composers which all are members of the choir. Hljómeyki has represented Iceland in choral competitions and festivals, and has published several CDs with Icelandic music. In the summer of 2008 Hljómeyki won a chamber choir prize in the acclaimed competition Florilege Vocal de Tours.
Magnús Ragnarsson has been the choir‘s conductor since August 2006.

The Ancient Music Group, Rinascente was founded in 2004. The group focuses on lesser known music from the 16th to 18th centuries. It has won critical acclaim for it’s numerous concerts around Iceland. Dixit Dominus and the other two cantatas are the most recent pieces the group has partaken in until now.

Entrance fee is 3500 ISK

new year’s eve

some photos:

Just a sample, and not a very good one, New Year’s Eve’s pretty grand around here – a bit less now than sometimes before but it mainly manifested itself in that the shooting took shorter time, at midnight it was basically the same. Downtown Reykjavík (well up on the hill where the big church stands) there were much more people than usual, though.