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Concerts & Tickets

September 2018

Iceland Symphony
Youth Orchestra
23 Sep 17:00 Eldborg | Harpa

  • Program

    Pēteris Vasks Viatore (Homage to Arvo Pärt)
    Dmitri Shostakovich Symphony no. 5

  • Conductor

    Daniel Raiskin

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Ari Eldjárn: Stand up! 27 Sep 19:30 Eldborg | Harpa

  • About the event

    Repeated by popular demand

  • Comedian

    Ari Eldjárn

  • Conductor

    Bernharður Wilkinson

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Ari Eldjárn: Stand up! 28 Sep 19:30 Eldborg | Harpa

  • About the event

    Repeated by popular demand

  • Comedian

    Ari Eldjárn

  • Conductor

    Bernharður Wilkinson

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Ari Eldjárn: Stand up! 29 Sep 17:00 Eldborg | Harpa

  • About the event

    Repeated by popular demand

  • Comedian

    Ari Eldjárn

  • Conductor

    Bernharður Wilkinson

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October 2018

Maximus Musicus
Explores Iceland
6 Oct 14:00 Eldborg | Harpa

  • Program

    Tryggvi M. Baldvinsson Fanfare for an Uncommon Mouse
    Jórunn Viðar from Ólafur Liljurós
    Anna Þorvaldsdóttir from Hrím
    Haukur Tómasson from Storka
    Jón Ásgeirsson Dance of the Trolls
    Gunnsteinn Ólafsson Þýtur í stráum
    Bára Grímsdóttir The Stowaways
    Daníel Bjarnason from Collider
    Hallfríður Ólafsdóttir Maxi’s Song

  • Conductor

    Daníel Bjarnason

  • Author and illustrator

    Hallfríður Ólafsdóttir and
    Þórarinn Már Baldursson

  • Host

    Unnur Eggertsdóttir

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Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich 11 Oct 19:30 Eldborg | Harpa

  • Program

    Leonard Bernstein Overture to Candide
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto
    Dmitri Shostakovich Symphony no. 10

  • Conductor

    Klaus Mäkelä

  • Soloist

    Sayaka Shoji

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Lisiecki plays Schumann 18 Oct 19:30 Eldborg | Harpa

  • Program

    Olivier Messiaen Les offrandes oubliées (The Forgotten Offerings)
    Robert Schumann Piano Concerto
    Josef Suk Pohádka (Fairy Tale)

  • Conductor

    Bertrand de Billy

  • Soloist

    Jan Lisiecki

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Nobu and Ashkenazy 25 Oct 19:30 Eldborg | Harpa

  • Program

    Þorkell Sigurbjörnsson Gletcherlied
    Sergei Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto no. 2
    Jean Sibelius Symphony no. 2

  • Conductor

    Vladimir Ashkenazy

  • Soloist

    Nobuyuki Tsujii

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December 2018

Advent at the Symphony 6 Dec 19:30 Eldborg | Harpa

  • Program

    Jean-Philippe Rameau Les Indes galantes, suite
    J.S. Bach Brandenburg Concerto no. 2
    W.A. Mozart Symphony no. 38, Prague

  • Conductor

    Dirk Vermeulen

  • Soloists

    Baldvin Oddsson
    Hallfríður Ólafsdóttir
    Felicia Greciuc
    Nicola Lolli

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The last Farm in the Valley 11 Dec 19:30 Eldborg | Harpa

  • Síðasti bærinn í dalnum

    Film by Óskar Gíslason and soundtrack by Jórunn Viðar

  • Conductor

    Bjarni Frímann Bjarnason

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Christmas at the Symphony 15 Dec 14:00 Eldborg | Harpa

  • Program

    Ingibjörg Þorbergs The Christmas Cat
    Jórunn Viðar Það á að gefa börnum brauð and Jól
    Guðni Franzson Jólin koma
    Gunnar Þórðarson Óður til jólanna
    More Christmas classics

  • Conductor

    Bernharður Wilkinson

  • Master of ceremonies

    Barbara the Clown

  • Soloists

    Valgerður Guðnadóttir
    Kolbrún Völkudóttir

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Christmas at the Symphony 15 Dec 16:00 Eldborg | Harpa

  • Program

    Ingibjörg Þorbergs The Christmas Cat
    Jórunn Viðar Það á að gefa börnum brauð and Jól
    Guðni Franzson Jólin koma
    Gunnar Þórðarson Óður til jólanna
    More Christmas classics

  • Conductor

    Bernharður Wilkinson

  • Master of ceremonies

    Barbara the Clown

  • Soloists

    Valgerður Guðnadóttir
    Kolbrún Völkudóttir

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Christmas at the Symphony 16 Dec 14:00 Eldborg | Harpa

  • Program

    Ingibjörg Þorbergs The Christmas Cat
    Jórunn Viðar Það á að gefa börnum brauð and Jól
    Guðni Franzson Jólin koma
    Gunnar Þórðarson Óður til jólanna
    More Christmas classics

  • Conductor

    Bernharður Wilkinson

  • Master of ceremonies

    Barbara the Clown

  • Soloists

    Valgerður Guðnadóttir
    Kolbrún Völkudóttir

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Christmas at the Symphony 16 Dec 16:00 Eldborg | Harpa

  • Program

    Ingibjörg Þorbergs The Christmas Cat
    Jórunn Viðar Það á að gefa börnum brauð and Jól
    Guðni Franzson Jólin koma
    Gunnar Þórðarson Óður til jólanna
    More Christmas classics

  • Conductor

    Bernharður Wilkinson

  • Master of ceremonies

    Barbara the Clown

  • Soloists

    Valgerður Guðnadóttir
    Kolbrún Völkudóttir

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January 2019

Viennese Favourites 10 Jan 19:30 Eldborg | Harpa

  • Program

    Operetta music and waltzes by Johann Strauss the younger, Franz Lehár, and Emmerich Kálman, and others

  • Conductor

    Christian Kluxen

  • Soloists

    Hrafnhildur Árnadóttir Hafstað
    Sveinn Dúa Hjörleifsson

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Viennese Favourites 11 Jan 19:30 Eldborg | Harpa

  • Program

    Operetta music and waltzes by Johann Strauss the younger, Franz Lehár, and Emmerich Kálman, and others

  • Conductor

    Christian Kluxen

  • Soloists

    Hrafnhildur Árnadóttir Hafstað
    Sveinn Dúa Hjörleifsson

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Viennese Favourites 12 Jan 16:00 Eldborg | Harpa

  • Program

    Operetta music and waltzes by Johann Strauss the younger, Franz Lehár, and Emmerich Kálman, and others

  • Conductor

    Christian Kluxen

  • Soloists

    Hrafnhildur Árnadóttir Hafstað
    Sveinn Dúa Hjörleifsson

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Viennese Favourites 12 Jan 19:30 Eldborg | Harpa

  • Program

    Operetta music and waltzes by Johann Strauss the younger, Franz Lehár, and Emmerich Kálman, and others

  • Conductor

    Christian Kluxen

  • Soloists

    Hrafnhildur Árnadóttir Hafstað
    Sveinn Dúa Hjörleifsson

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Young soloists 17 Jan 19:30 Eldborg | Harpa

  • Program

    To be announced

  • Conductor

    Ligia Amadio

  • Soloists

    Winners of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and Iceland University of the Arts soloists’ competition

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Bernstein and Villa-Lobos 24 Jan 19:30 Eldborg | Harpa

  • Program

    Heitor Villa-Lobos Bachianas Brasileiras no. 7
    Jón Ásgeirsson Flute Concerto
    Leonard Bernstein Symphonic Dances from West Side Story

  • Conductor

    Ligia Amadio

  • Soloist

    Freyr Sigurjónsson

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Dark Music Days 31 Jan 19:30 Eldborg | Harpa

  • Program

    Anna Meredith HandsFree
    Anna Þorvaldsdóttir Metacosmos
    Þuríður Jónsdóttir Flutter, concerto for flute
    Páll Ragnar Pálsson Crevace, concerto for flute and bassoon
    Veronique Vaka Rift
    María Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttir New work

  • Conductor

    Daníel Bjarnason

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February 2019

Prokofiev and Brahms 7 Feb 19:30 Eldborg | Harpa

  • Program

    Atli Heimir Sveinsson Infinitesimal Fragments of Eternity
    Sergei Prokofiev Piano Concerto no. 2
    Johannes Brahms Symphony no. 4

  • Conductor

    Antonio Méndez

  • Soloist

    Denis Kozhukhin

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Peter and the Wolf 16 Feb 14:00 Eldborg | Harpa

  • Program

    Leopold Mozart Allegro from the Toy Symphony
    Sergei Prokofiev Peter and the Wolf
    Maurice Ravel Bolero

  • Puppet master

    Bernd Ogrodnik

  • Conductor

    Maxime Tortelier

  • Narrator

    Barbara the Clown

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Peter and the Wolf 16 Feb 16:00 Eldborg | Harpa

  • Program

    Leopold Mozart Allegro from the Toy Symphony
    Sergei Prokofiev Peter and the Wolf
    Maurice Ravel Bolero

  • Puppet master

    Bernd Ogrodnik

  • Conductor

    Maxime Tortelier

  • Narrator

    Barbara the Clown

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The Rite of Spring 21 Feb 19:30 Eldborg | Harpa

This Iceland Symphony concert features Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, one of the most revered orchestral works of the twentieth century, as well as one of the most influential — a composition that Pierre Boulez called the “birth certificate of contemporary music.” The music is tense and powerful, with strident chords and unexpected rhythms, yet with many melodies taken from Russian and Lithuanian folk songs. The work describes a sacred ritual in which one of a group of virgins is selected to dance herself to death, ensuring the arrival of spring.

In recent years, Daníel Bjarnason has established himself as one of Iceland’s premier musicians. His Violin Concerto, written for the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, was premiered by the LA Phil on an outdoor stage at Hollywood Bowl for an audience of over 15,000. It has been universally praised by critics, as has the inspired performance by trail-blazing Finish virtuoso Pekka Kuusisto, for whom it was written. The programme begins with Arvo Pärt’s tranquil and beautiful Fratres, one of his loveliest works, a hypnotic set of variations on a six-bar theme. 

  • Program

    Arvo Pärt Fratres
    Daníel Bjarnason Violin Concerto
    Igor Stravinsky The Rite of Spring

  • Conductor

    Daníel Bjarnason

  • Soloist

    Pekka Kuusisto

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Brantelid plays Elgar 28 Feb 19:30 Eldborg | Harpa

  • Program

    Jórunn Viðar Eldur
    Edward Elgar Cello Concerto
    Witold Lutosławski Symphony no. 3

  • Conductor

    Eva Ollikainen

  • Soloist

    Andreas Brantelid

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March 2019

Expressions of Pathos 1 Mar 18:00 Norðurljós | Harpa

  • Program

    Joan Tower In Memory
    Edward Elgar Cello Concerto

  • Conductor

    Eva Ollikainen

  • Soloist

    Andreas Brantelid

  • Quartet

    Siggi String Quartet

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Children’s Hour 9 Mar 11:30 Hörpuhorn | Harpa

The Iceland Symphony’s Children’s Hour concerts have been extremely popular. The programming and length of the concerts are tailored to the needs of audiences too young for the full-length children’s concerts in the Litli tónsprotinn series. Children’s Hour concerts are about 30 minutes long and are held in Hörpuhornið, the open space on the second floor of Harpa, just outside Eldborg hall. It is a good idea to bring a cushion to sit on. A variety of special guests come to visit and participate actively in Children’s Hour concerts with Maxi the Musical Mouse.

Admission is free, and all are welcome as long as space is available. 

  • Program

    A lively and cheerful programme of classical favourites and songs that shorten the wait for spring.

  • Host

    Hjördís Ástráðsdóttir and
    Sigurður Þór Óskarsson

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Two Symphonies and a Toccata 14 Mar 19:30 Eldborg | Harpa

  • Program

    Karólína Eiríksdóttir Toccata
    Þorsteinn Hauksson Symphony Two
    Anna Þorvaldsdóttir Illumine
    John Speight Symphony no. 5

  • Conductor

    Anna-Maria Helsing

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Von Otter and Tortelier 21 Mar 19:30 Eldborg | Harpa

  • Program

    Atli Heimir Sveinsson / W.A. Mozart Alla Turca, etc.
    Joseph Canteloube Songs from Auvergne
    Georges Bizet Symphony in C Major

  • Conductor

    Yan Pascal Tortelier

  • Soloists

    Anne Sofie von Otter
    Einar Jóhannesson

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Mendelssohn and Beethoven 28 Mar 19:30 Eldborg | Harpa

  • Program

    Malcolm Sargent Impression on a Windy Day
    Felix Mendelssohn Violin Concerto
    Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony no. 7

  • Conductor

    Yan Pascal Tortelier

  • Soloist

    Judith Ingólfsson

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Dancing Symphony 29 Mar 18:00 Norðurljós | Harpa

  • Program

    Bergrún Snæbjörnsdóttir New work
    Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony no. 7

  • Conductor

    Yan Pascal Tortelier

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April 2019

Star Wars: A New Hope
- Film Concert
4 Apr 19:30 Eldborg | Harpa

  • Star Wars: A New Hope

    Music by John Williams
    film by George Lucas

  • Conductor

    Ted Sperling

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Star Wars: A New Hope
- Film Concert
5 Apr 19:30 Eldborg | Harpa

  • Star Wars: A New Hope

    Music by John Williams
    film by George Lucas

  • Conductor

    Ted Sperling

Isabelle Faust and Mahler 11 Apr 19:30 Eldborg | Harpa

  • Program

    Johannes Brahms Violin Concerto
    Gustav Mahler Symphony no. 10

  • Conductor

    Osmo Vänskä

  • Soloist

    Isabelle Faust

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May 2019

Quentin Blake-The Giraffe and the Pelle and me

The Giraffe and
the Pelly and Me
4 May 14:00 Eldborg | Harpa

  • THE GIRAFFE AND THE PELLY AND ME

    Music by Jóhann G. Jóhannsson inspired by the story by Roald Dahl

  • Conductor

    Noam Aviel

  • Soloists

    Brynhildur Guðjónsdóttir
    Unnsteinn Manuel Stefánsson

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Lugansky plays Grieg 9 May 19:30 Eldborg | Harpa

  • Program

    Giuseppe Verdi La forza del destino, overture
    Edvard Grieg Piano Concerto
    Sergei Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet, ballet suites

  • Conductor

    Yan Pascal Tortelier

  • Soloist

    Nikolai Lugansky

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Brahms and Tortelier 16 May 19:30 Eldborg | Harpa

  • Program

    Johannes Brahms Academic Festival Overture
    Johannes Brahms Concerto for Violin and Cello
    Louise Farrenc Symphony no. 3
    Emmanuel Chabrier España

  • Conductor

    Yan Pascal Tortelier

  • Soloists

    Ari Þór Vilhjálmsson
    Sigurgeir Agnarsson

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Thibaudet and Beethoven 23 May 19:30 Eldborg | Harpa

  • Program

    Kaija Saariaho Ciel d’hiver (Winter Sky)
    James MacMillan Piano Concerto no. 3, “The Mysteries of Light”
    Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony no. 3, “Eroica”

  • Conductor

    Osmo Vänskä

  • Soloist

    Jean-Yves Thibaudet

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June 2019

Richard Goode plays Mozart 6 Jun 19:30 Eldborg | Harpa

  • Program

    John Adams Short Ride in a Fast Machine
    W.A. Mozart Piano Concerto in C Major, K. 503
    Johannes Brahms Symphony no. 1

  • Conductor

    Edo de Waart

  • Soloist

    Richard Goode

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