Sounds of North


Saturday, April 18th, 2020

7:00-9:00 pm

$30/$20 (students and youth)



Hanna Dóra Sturludóttir, mezzo soprano

Carson Becke, piano


Pontiac Enchanté continues its partnership with the Icelandic Embassy in Ottawa in presenting this concert, featuring the celebrated Icelandic mezzo soprano Hanna Dóra Sturludóttir. The program explores the often neglected world of Nordic art song, starting with Grieg's only song cycle, Haugtussa, which translates as 'The Mountain Maid'.  The cycle is particularly appropriate to this location and time of year, as it is set in the mountains in the spring time, and overflows with images of gurgling brooks and blossoming fruit.  No program of Nordic music would be complete without a contribution from Jean Sibelius, Finland's most celebrated composer.  The five songs on this program are among his most powerful and melodic. Ms. Sturludóttir will also sing two groups of songs by Icelandic composers, most of which are rarely heard in North America.  Many thanks to Ambassador Pétur Ásgeirsson for his enthusiastic support of this ongoing partnership.  

Visual Artist Spotlight:

Glen Foster, photographer

"My photography is, to a great extent, a meditation on aspects of nature.  It is neither an exploration, investigation, or even a contemplation.  Rather, by relaxing into that which I am seeing, be it the original subject, or the resulting capture, I discover and come to terms with any number of truths, as well as discovering wonderful icons and totems.  This is where it can become fascinating, as what I see is so often different from what others see, and leads to questions of how our individual cultures and heritage affect our understanding of what we see.I also enjoy seeing the beauty in common sights-the visual world around us is rich with subtle beauty, irony, and wisdom.  This I would term an exploration."  Get a sense of Glen's work here.

Edvard Grieg (1843-1907)

Haugtussa, op. 67

Árni Thorsteinsson (1870-1962)

Vorgyðjan kemur (Spring is coming)

Emil Thoroddsen (1898-1944)

Vöggukvæði (Lullaby)

Jón Ásgeirsson (1938-)

Vísur Vatnsenda-Rósu (Rosa's Songs)

Jón Þórarinsson (1917-2012)

Íslenskt vögguljóð á hörpu (Icelandic Lullaby)

Jórunn Viðar (1918-2017)

Kall sat undir kletti (Old man sat by the cliff)

Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)

Svarta rosor, Op. 36 No.1

Säv säv susa, Op. 36 No. 4

Den första kyssen, Op.37 No.1

Var det en dröm?, op.37 No. 4

Flickan kam ifrän sin elsklings möte, Op.37 No 5

Karl O. Runólfsson (1900-1970)

Í fjarlægð (In the distance)

Sigfús Einarsson (1877-1939)

Gígjan (The Harp)

Þorkell Sigurbjörnsson (1938-2013)

Heyr himnasmiður (Hear, smith of the heavens)

Karl O. Runólfsson (1900-1957)

Síðasti dansinn (The last dance)

Sigvaldi Kaldalóns (1881-1946)

Á Sprengisandi (In Sprengisandur)

C.L. Sjöberg (1861-1900)


Hugo Alfvén (1872-1960)

So tag mit hjarta

Junior Artist Series:

Vocal students from the studio of Maghan McPhee

Maghan McPhee is one of Ottawa's most active vocal teachers, maintaining both a private studio and a studio at Carleton University.  An accomplished concert performer, she has performed with the National Art Centre Orchestra, working with Alexander Shelley in Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, and was the soprano soloist in the NAC's production of Handel's Messiah.  Read more about her here.