Traditional Program (Virtual for 2020)

CATEGORIES: Arts & Culture, Entertainment, Music


Video Release: Monday, August 3rd, 2:00 PM (CST)

Order of Proceedings:

National Anthems: Ó Guð Vors Lands and O Canada - Icelandic mezzo-soprano, Hanna Dóra Sturludóttir, accompanied by pianist and composer, Snorri Sigfús Birgisson

President's Welcome: Jenna Boholij

Remarks from Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba: Her Honour Janice C. Filmon, C.M., O.M.

Greetings from the President of Iceland: Guðni Th. Jóhannesson

Remarks from the Premier: The Honourable Brian Pallister 

Address of the Fjallkona: Anna Stevens 
Flower Presentation: Brody Bozek 

Greetings from Minister of Justice - Iceland: Áslaug Arna Sigurbjörnsdóttir

Greetings from the Consul General of Iceland: Guðmundur Árni Stefánsson

Toast to Iceland: Jóel Friðfinnsson

Greetings from the Constituency of Selkirk Interlake Eastman: James Bezan, M.P.

Musical Presentation: Draumalandið - Music: Sigfús Einarsson, Poem: Jón Trausti Úr Hulduljóðum - Music: Atli Heimir Sveinsson, Poem Jónas Hallgrímsson

Musical Presentation

We are honored to have renowned Icelandic mezzo-soprano, Hanna Dóra Sturludóttir, accompanied by pianist, Snorri Sigfús Birgisson, perform for the virtual Islendingadagurinn this year - from Reykjavik, Iceland, as part of our virtual traditional program segment.

Hanna Dóra Sturludóttir

Hanna Dóra Sturludóttir studied in Reykjavík and Berlin, where she received her
diploma „with distinction“. She has sung over 50 opera roles in Iceland and abroad, is a versatile guest of the Icelandic Symphonic Orchestra, was nominated for the Icelandic Music Awards in 2013 and received it in 2014 for her Eboli in „Don Carlo“. Most recently she sang the role of Lisa in Weinberg's opera „Die Passagierin” in Gelsenkirchen and received enthusiastic reviews. She has a busy concert and recital schedule alongside her pedagogical work at the Icelandic University of the Arts and at the Sigurdur Demetz Academy of Singing in Reykjavík.

Snorri Sigfús Birgisson

The composer and pianist Snorri Sigfús Birgisson (b. April 29th, 1954) commenced his musical studies with Gunnar Sigurgeirsson and then went on to study at the Reykjavík College of Music where his teachers were Hermína Kristjánsson, Jón Nordal, Árni Kristjánsson (piano), and Thorkell Sigurbjörnsson (composition). 

He studied piano with Barry Snyder at the Eastman School of Music, U.S.A. (1974- 1975) and composition with Finn Mortensen in Norway where he also studied electronic music with Lasse Thoresen and sonology with Thoresen and Olav Anton Thommessen (1975-76). Snorri moved to Amsterdam in 1976 where he studied composition for two years with Ton de Leeuw. 

Since 1980 he has been living in Reykjavík, where he is active as a musician and music teacher. He has composed solo works, chamber works, symphonic pieces and choir music. He is a member of the CAPUT- ensemble.

Dates: 03-08-2020

2:00 PM