Thursday, March 20, 2008

Next Up, Iceland!

Carol and I are getting close to leaving on our trip to Iceland. We are very excited about seeing this land and getting to work with the musicians from the Iceland Symphony as well as many students.

In the early 1980's, a young trombonist from Iceland, by the name of Oddur Bjornsson, took lessons from me while he was a student at the New England Conservatory. We got along extremely well in our student-teacher relationship and as friends.

This past fall, Oddur and his lovely wife, Stina, were visiting Boston. Carol and I got to meet up with them and reconnect after all those years. It was wonderful to see Oddur again and to meet Stina. We've been emailing back and forth and, now, here we are going to Iceland!

We will be giving a concert of trombone choir music which I've written, including a world premiere, "In All Hearts." This piece was written in honor of the country of Iceland and my firendship with Oddur.

I also will be giving master classes and playing in the trombone section of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra. For a full look at our itinerary in Iceland check out the Events Calendar on our website.

We will be coming back with pictures and, possibly, some sound clips, so stay tuned!


Oddur Björnsson said...

Dear friends Carol and Norman! We do look forward to having you over and your wonderful music we plan to perform together. It will be very exiting to premiere "In All Hearts". Thank you for the dedication :-) We do hope you have a smooth ride over the Atlantic and we will see you soon.
Bon voage!
Stina and Oddur,
Hildur, Baldvin and Helg

Guðný said...

My dughter is attending your masterclass and we are all coming to the concert. She is ten years old and this is her second year playing the trombone and she is really looking forward to meeting you. Hope you have a nice time here in Iceland.