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150th Birthday Celebration for Denmark's National Composer Carl Nielsen

5.27.2015  19:01
Danish composer Carl Nielsen
Vivid chamber music, signature birthday cocktails, classical DJs and live conversations: On June 15, your are invited to a big birthday bash, celebrating Danish composer Carl Nielsen’s 150th birthday.

The festivities will take place at Subculture New York and are arranged by Dacapo Records and Naxos America in collaboration with The New York Philharmonic and The Consulate General of Denmark in New York.

The evening features exclusive performances by musicians from the New York Philharmonic, the Nightingale String Quartet (Gramophone magazine’s Young Artist of the Year) and classical DJ Katrine Ring from Copenhagen.

Presented by WWFM’s award-winning host David Osenberg, this musical celebration of Denmark’s unruly national composer offers a diverse program, including a conversation with New York Philharmonic Music Director Alan Gilbert and a tailor-made musical journey through today’s best sounding Nielsen recordings, guided by Copenhagen DJ Katrine Ring.

Everyone is welcome to join the celebration. More information and tickets at Subculture’s website

Subculture music venue, New York

The Nielsen Project

The June 15 celebration also marks the official launch of a special 4 CD box set edition of The Nielsen Project, the New York Philharmonic’s acclaimed concert and recording series featuring all of Carl Nielsen’s symphonies and concertos recorded in concert over the past five seasons. The box set will be available at a special birthday price this evening.

The Nielsen project is one of the most prominent export initiatives of Danish culture in recent years and one of the largest recording projects for the New York Philharmonic. The Project is made in collaboration with the New York Philharmonic, Dacapo Records, Naxos America and the Danish Agency for Culture among others.

Learn more about The Nielsen Project

Artists, musicians and composers at a party for Igor Stravinsky side by side with Carl Nielsen, Nimb December 2, 1925. Courtesy:

Celebrating the Nielsen anniversary worldwide

Carl Nielsen’s 150th anniversary celebrations will take place all over the world, from Germany to Iceland, Austria and the US throughout 2015 with a number of Carl Nielsen tribute concerts, exhibitions, film screenings, lectures and events.

Next up in New York is a June 4 celebration concert with Danish violinist and rising star Niklas Walentin. Walentin will perform four of Nielsen’s compositions at a special concert in Carnegie Hall.

At the young age of 21, Niklas Walentin is already one of Denmark’s remarkable classical music prodigies: This April, Niklas Walentin won the Danish Music Critics Artist Award. He is a proud holder of the Danish Arts Foundation’s two-year “Young Elite” Scholarship, and a three-time winner of the Carl Nielsen International Violin Competition, which has given Walentin a special connection to Carl Nielsen’s works.

Get your ticket for Walentin’s concert here

Niklas Walentin’s Nielsen tribute concert at Carnegie Hall will lead up to a large-scale event on June 15, which will mark the climax of the grand Nielsen anniversary year in New York.

Read more about Carl Nielsen, The Nielsen Project and the Anniversary year here


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