Jónas Þórir (1956) first got acquainted with the organ when he studied with Martein H. Friðriksson and later with Hörður Áskelsson and Björn Steinar Sólbergsson. He graduated as a cantor from the National Church School of Music and furthered his studies with Karsten Askeland in Bergen, Norway. Jónas Þórir is a well sought-after accompanist for soloists and a very frequent arranger of music. He is organist at Bústaðakirkja in Reykjavík.
Thursday 16 August at 12:00:
Jónas Þórir plays a free improvisation on pieces by George Gershwin, Rhapsody in Blue among other works. Admission: ISK 2.000.
Rhapsody is the name of a free composition and one of George Gerswin‘s is in fact Rhapsody in Blue. Here you will hear melodies and works by one of my favourite composers of the 20th century. I will improvise on some of his well-known compositions, from Rhapsody in Blue and melodies from the opera Porgy and Bess and perhaps we get a visit from one of Iceland‘s best known divas to sing Summertime with me. Among the melodies are The Man I love, Someone to Watch Over Me, I Got Plenty o‘ Nuttin‘, It ain‘t Necessarily So, I Got Rhythm and Summertime. JÞ
Tickets are sold in the church one hour before the concert and also online on www.midi.is