Located on Manhattan's historic Park Avenue, Scandinavia House is the leading center for Nordic culture in the United States. Since 2000, the home of the American-Scandinavian Foundation has hosted a diverse series of film screenings, concerts, lectures, language courses, readings and children's activities, illuminating the history and vitality of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. The center's spacious, modern facilities are crafted to showcase Scandinavian materials and its famed design aesthetic, and the campus includes the Victor Borge Hall, named after the beloved Danish comedian, conductor and pianist. For more on upcoming programs, please see the full event description.
May 12, 2016: Keyboard Conversations With Jeffrey Siegel (Chopin Forever) — Concert
Compositions of this beloved composer never seem to go out of style or lose their enormous appeal. Chopin transforms traditional waltzes, mazurkas, and polonaises, from dances for the feet to musical feasts for the ears. The program will also include his youthful, charming Nocturne in B Major Opus 9 No. 3, the effervescent Impromptu in A Flat, Opus 29, and the stormy Scherzo No. 1 in B Minor. Internationally acclaimed pianist Jeffrey Siegel is back for his ninth season of Keyboard Conversations®. Each evening is comprised of informal commentary on the music and its composers, a full performance of each work, and concludes with a short Q&A session.
May 18 & 20, 2016: The Sunfish — Film Screening
Directed by Søren Balle (Denmark, 2014). 45-year-old Kristian, otherwise known as Kesse (Henrik Birch), is a third-generation fisherman living in the small, windblown town of Hirtshals, in northern Jutland. As new fishery policies put pressure on local fisherman, Kesse struggles desperately to keep his head above water and his creditors at bay. Eventually he is forced to seek other ways to make ends meet, which in turn leads him to meet the marine biologist Gerd (Susanne Storm). Despite obvious differences, they fall head over heels in love and Kesse is suddenly faced with the difficult choice of whether to continue fighting for the life he knows so well, or to start anew. (100 min. — In Danish With English subtitles)
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