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Summer Nights 13 Sep 19:30 Eldborg | Harpa

  • Program

    Felix Mendelssohn Midsummer Night’s Dream Overture
    Hector Berlioz Les nuits d’été
    Richard Strauss Serenade for Winds
    Richard Strauss Death and Transfiguration

  • Conductor

    Yan Pascal Tortelier

  • Soloist

    Véronique Gens

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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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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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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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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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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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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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