Beethoven's Birthday

Family Concert Television Broadcast on RÚV

Date Location Price
10 Sep 2020 » 20:00 » Thursday Eldborg | Harpa Live on RÚV
  • Program

    Popular works by Ludwig van Beethoven, including Ode to Joy, Für Elise, and movements from the Fate Symphony, the Pastoral Symphony, the Pathétique Sonata, and the Violin Concerto

  • Conductor

    Bjarni Frímann Bjarnason

  • Soloists

    Bjargey Birgisdóttir
    Magnús Stephensen
    Vasyl Zaviriukha

  • Host

    Ólafur Egill Egilsson

  • Choirs

    Langholtskirkja Graduale Choir
    Kársnesskóli School Choir
    Öldutúnsskóli School Choir
    Reykjavík Girl’s Choir

Happy Birthday, Ludwig! It's not every day that one of the greatest composers of all time turns 250! To mark the occasion, the Iceland Symphony Orchestra hosts a vibrant celebration, taking a backward glance at who this remarkable man was and what kind of music he wrote.

This family concert features a varied selection of Beethoven's masterpieces. The orchestra plays sections from his most popular works, including the Fate Symphony and the Pastoral Symphony. Two talented piano students perform popular piano pieces, and a young violinist plays the final movement of his gripping concerto — a programme certain to put the audience in a mood to celebrate. The high point of the concert comes when a massive choir of Icelandic young people performs the Ode to Joy in a new arrangement from Hildigunnur Rúnarsdóttir, with text from Bragi Valdimar Skúlason.

Watch the Iceland Symphony Orchestra on the orchestra's website,, the orchestra's Facebook page, or on RÚV (Icelandic TV).