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Masters of the Baroque 5. Dec 19:30 Eldborg | Harpa

  • Program

    Johann Sebastian Bach Orchestral Suite no. 4
    Georg Philipp Telemann Alster Suite
    Jean-Baptiste Lully Suite from Le Bourgeois gentilhomme
    Jean-Philippe Rameau Selections from Les Indes galantes

  • Conductor

    Maxim Emelyanychev

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Dimitri Þór and Sibelius 28. Nov 19:30 Eldborg | Harpa

  • Program

    Joseph Bologne Symphony in D Major
    Jean Françaix Clarinet Concerto
    Jean Sibelius Lemminkäinen Suite

  • Conductor

    Eva Ollikainen

  • Soloist

    Dimitri Þór Ashkenazy

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Bach, Handel, and Haydn 24. Oct 19:30 Eldborg | Harpa

  • Program

    Johann Sebastian Bach Orchestral Suite no. 1
    Georg Muffat Passacaglia from Sonata no. 5
    George Frideric Handel Concerto grosso, op. 3 no. 2
    Maria Antonia Walpurgis Talestri, overture
    Anna Amalia of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel Erwin und Elmire, intermezzo
    Joseph Haydn Symphony no. 102

  • Conductor

    Matthew Halls

  • Soloist

    Matthew Truscott

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Sæunn and Shostakovitch 26. Sep 19:30 - 21:30 Eldborg | Harpa

  • Program

    Ludwig van Beethoven Egmont Overture
    Joseph Haydn Cello Concerto in D Major
    Dmitri Shostakovich Symphony no. 5

  • Conductor

    Karina Canellakis

  • Soloist

    Sæunn Þorsteinsdóttir

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Debussy and Prokofíev 19. Sep 19:30 Eldborg | Harpa

  • Program

    Claude Debussy Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
    Jennifer Higdon Violin Concerto
    Sergei Prokofiev Symphony no. 5

  • Conductor

    Roderick Cox

  • Soloist

    Benjamin Beilman

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Ravel and Sibelius 12. Sep 19:30 Eldborg | Harpa

  • Program

    Georges Bizet L’Arlésienne, suite
    Maurice Ravel Piano Concerto for the Left Hand
    Anna Thorvaldsdottir Aeriality
    Jean Sibelius Symphony no. 1

  • Conductor

    Yan Pascal Tortelier

  • Soloist

    Jean-Efflam Bavouzet

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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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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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Brahms and Bjarni Frímann 16. May 19:30 Eldborg | Harpa

  • Program

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

  • Conductor

    Bjarni Frímann Bjarnason

  • Soloists

    Ari Þór Vilhjálmsson
    Sigurgeir Agnarsson

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

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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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Hellekant and Bjarni Frímann 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

    Bjarni Frímann Bjarnason

  • Soloists

    Charlotte Hellekant
    Einar Jóhannesson

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

  • Program

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

  • Conductor

    Anna-Maria Helsing

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

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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

    Emilía Rós Sigfúsdóttir

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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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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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Nobu and Ashkenazy 25. Oct 19:30 Eldborg | Harpa

  • Program

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

  • Conductor

    Vladimir Ashkenazy

  • Soloist

    Nobuyuki Tsujii

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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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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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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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Þóra sings Strauss 20. Sep 19:30 Eldborg | Harpa

  • Program

    Richard Strauss Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks
    Richard Strauss Four Last Songs
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky Symphony no. 5

  • Conductor

    Petri Sakari

  • Soloist

    Þóra Einarsdóttir

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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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Brothers - The Opera 9. Jun 19:30 Eldborg | Harpa

The Icelandic Opera will be performing the opera Brothers by the Icelandic composer Daníel Bjarnason based on Susanne Bier’s film Brothers at the Reykjavík's Arts Festival in June 2018. The opera was world-premiered in the Concert Hall Aarhus in August 2017  –  in connection with European Capital of Culture Aarhus 2017 and the production in Iceland will be the same as in Aarhus. Brothers will be directed by Kasper Holten, and Steffen Aarfing is the stage designer. The libretto is written by Kerstin Perski.

The film Brothers is a story of two brothers and a love triangle. Michael has a successful career in the army, a beautiful wife and two daughters. His younger brother Jannik is a drifter living on the edge of the law. When Michael is sent on a UN mission to Afghanistan and returns after a traumatic imprisonment, the balance between the two brothers is changed forever.

The opera is performed in English.

 

  • Singers

    Oddur Arnþór Jónsson
    Marie Arnet
    Selma Buch Ørum Villumsen
    Elmar Gilbertsson
    Þóra Einarsdóttir
    James Laing
    Jakob Zethner
    Hanna Dóra Sturludóttir
    Paul Carey Jones

  • Composer and conductor

    Daníel Bjarnason

  • Libretto

    Kerstin Perski

  • Director

    Kasper Holten

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Behzod plays Rachmaninoff 7. Jun 19:30 Eldborg | Harpa

Uzbek child prodigy Behzod Abduraimov captured the hearts of Iceland Symphony's guests in the autumn of 2015, when he performed Prokofiev's Piano Concerto no. 3 so brilliantly that the audience was stunned. Now he is back, with one of the most popular concerti of all time: Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto no. 2 is lyrical yet majestic – a celebration of pyrotechnics for anyone who loves piano music at its best.

Florence Price, the first African-American woman known to have dedicated herself to symphonic composition, enjoyed a successful career. Her first symphony won the top prize in the Wanamaker Foundation competition in 1932 and was subsequently performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Interest in her works has resurfaced in recent years, and now she is being performed for the first time in Iceland. American conductor Joshua Weilerstein won first prize in the 2009 Malko Competition. Since then he has travelled the world over, including conducting engagements with all of the major Nordic orchestras and the renowned Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam.

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Osmo Vanska stjórnar Mahler nr. 2

Mahler no. 2 1. Jun 19:30 Eldborg | Harpa

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Alina Plays Sibelius 25. May 19:30 Eldborg | Harpa

Winner of the 2005 Sibelius Competition, Alina Pogostkina's recent concert tours have seen her perform at some of the world's most renowned festivals and venues. She has collaborated with conductors such as Vladimir Ashkenazy and Gustavo Dudamel, and highlights of this season include her debut with Budapest Festival Orchestra with Marin Alsop, and opening the BBC Symphony Orchestra concerts season at the Barbican Centre under the baton of Sakari Oramo. The Sibelius concerto is one of the cornerstones of the violin literature, and Pogostkina is sure to coax out the innumerable nuances in the work on her Stradivarius “Sasserno” violin, made in 1717.

Sweden's Daniel Blendulf is a multi-award-winning conductor. On this programme, he conducts Saariaho's atmospheric Ciel d'hiver, which is inspired by the Nordic winter sky. The Concerto for Orchestra was one of the last works Hungarian master Béla Bartók completed before his death from leukaemia in 1945. The work showcases all aspects of the orchestra, giving each section a chance to shine in what has become one of the most popular orchestral pieces of the 20th century.

Violinist Janine Jansen had to cancel her performance due to illness. In her place we welcome the award-winning violinist Alina Pogostkina.

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Edda II – The Lives of the Gods 23. Mar 19:30 Eldborg | Harpa

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Beethoven's Fate Symphony 1. Mar 19:30 Eldborg | Harpa

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Ævar's Adventures 10. Feb 14:00 Eldborg | Harpa

  • Program

    The programme will include music from Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings, Ghostbusters, and other popular films.

  • Conductor

    Bernharður Wilkinson

  • Host

    Ævar Þór Benediktsson

  • Animation

    Svart Design

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Yrkja - Young Composers 26. Jan 12:00 Norðurljós | Harpa

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Viennese favourites 6. Jan 19:30 Eldborg | Harpa

  • Program

    Operetta music and waltzes by Franz von Suppé, Emile Waldteufel, Johann Strauss the younger, and Franz Lehár, including selections from Die Fledermaus (The Bat) and The Merry Widow.

  • Conductor

    Karen Kamensek

  • Soloists

    Valgerður Guðnadóttir
    Kolbeinn Ketilsson

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Christmas at the Symphony 17. Dec 16:00 Eldborg | Harpa

  • Program

    Iceland and Nordic Christmas music

  • Conductor

    Bernharður Wilkinson

  • Guests

    Margrét Eir
    Kolbrún Völkudóttir
    Barbara the Clown
    Reykjavík Girls’ Choir
    Iceland Ballet Academy
    Young soloists

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Bach and Mozart 7. Dec 19:30 Eldborg | Harpa

  • Program

    J.S. Bach Orchestral Suite no. 3 in D Major
    W. A. Mozart Exsultate, jubilate
    W. A. Mozart Overture to Così fan tutte
    W. A. Mozart “Porgi amor” from The Marriage of Figaro
    W. A. Mozart “Martern aller Arten” from The Abduction from the Seraglio
    W. A. Mozart Symphony no. 31 “Paris”

  • Conductor

    Jonathan Cohen

  • Soloist

    Sally Matthews

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Víkingur plays Mozart 30. Nov 19:30 Eldborg | Harpa

  • Program

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Piano Concerto no. 24 in C Minor
    Richard Strauss Ein Heldenleben (A Hero’s Life)

  • Conductor

    Dima Slobodeniouk

  • Soloist

    Víkingur Heiðar Ólafsson

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Pictures at an Exhibition 16. Nov 19:30 Eldborg | Harpa

  • Program

    Pyotr Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1
    Claude Debussy Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
    Modest Mussorgsky/Maurice Ravel Pictures at an Exhibition

  • Conductor

    Yan Pascal Tortelier

  • Soloist

    Yulianna Avdeeva

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Tortelier conducts Rachmaninoff 9. Nov 19:30 Eldborg | Harpa

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Ottensamer and Canellakis 26. Oct 19:30 Eldborg | Harpa

  • Program

    Felix Mendelssohn Midsummer Night’s Dream Overture
    Carl Stamitz Clarinet Concerto in Eb Major
    Amy Beach Berceuse
    Johannes Brahms Hungarian Dance no. 7
    Johannes Brahms Symphony no. 2

  • Conductor

    Karina Canellakis

  • Soloist

    Andreas Ottensamer

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Hollywood / Reykjavík 12. Oct 19:30 Eldborg | Harpa

  • Program

    Music from popular films, including Ben-Hur, The Bridge over the River Kwai, Gone with the Wind, Sunset Boulevard, The Monuments Men, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Superman, and Star Wars.

  • Conductor

    Richard Kaufman

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Calder String Quartet 8. Oct 17:00 Norðurljós | Harpa

  • Program

    Franz Schubert String Quartet in D Minor, Death and the Maiden
    Esa-Pekka Salonen Homunculus
    Daníel Bjarnason Stillshot
    Andrew Norman Stop Motion

  • Calder string quartet

    Benjamin Jacobson violin
    Andrew Bulbrook violin
    Jonathan Moerschel viola
    Eric Byers cello

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LA / Reykjavík 5. Oct 19:30 Eldborg | Harpa

  • Program

    Igor Stravinsky Symphony of Psalms
    John Adams Scheherazade.2

  • Conductor

    Daníel Bjarnason

  • Soloist

    Leila Josefowicz

  • Choir

    The Hamrahlíð Choirs, Þorgerður Ingólfsdóttir conductor

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Leila Josefowicz 3. Oct 19:30 Norðurljós | Harpa

  • Program

    Jean Sibelius Valse triste
    Sergei Prokofiev Violin Sonata no. 1 in F Minor
    Bernd Alois Zimmermann Sonata 1950
    John Adams Road Movies

  • Soloist

    Leila Josefowicz

  • Accompanist

    John Novacek

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ISO Youth Orchestra plays The Rite of Spring 24. Sep 17:00 Eldborg | Harpa

  • Program

    Igor Stravinsky The Rite of Spring

  • Conductor

    Daniel Raiskin

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A French Celebration 21. Sep 19:30 Eldborg | Harpa

  • Program

    Paul Dukas The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
    Maurice Ravel Valses nobles et sentimentales
    Francis Poulenc Concerto for Two Pianos
    Maurice Ravel Pavane pour une enfante défunte
    Jacques Offenbach Selections from Gaîté Parisienne

  • Conductor

    Yan Pascal Tortelier

  • Soloists

    Lucas and Arthur Jussen

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Stefán Ragnar and Tortelier 14. Sep 19:30 Eldborg | Harpa

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Beethoven Piano Concerti II 7. Sep 19:30 Eldborg | Harpa

  • Program

    Franz Schubert Rosamunde Overture
    Franz Schubert Overture in the Italian Style
    Ludwig van Beethoven Piano Concerto no. 1
    Ludwig van Beethoven Piano Concerto no. 4

  • Conductor

    Matthew Halls

  • Soloist

    Paul Lewis

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Our classics 1. Sep 20:00 Eldborg | Harpa

  • Program

    Georges Bizet Carmen, overture
    Gaetano Donizetti Una furtiva lagrima from L'elisir d'amore
    George Gershwin Summertime from Porgy and Bess
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky Gremin's Aria from Eugene Onegin
    Georges Bizet Votre toast from Carmen
    Leo Delibes Flower duett from Lakmé
    Giuseppe Verdi Va, pensiero from Nabucco
    Giacomo Puccini O mio babbino caro from Gianni Schicchi
    Giacomo Puccini Nessun dorma from Turandot
    Henry Purcell When I am laid in earth from Dido and Aeneas
    W.A. Mozart Queen of the Night from The Magic Flute
    W.A. Mozart Pa-pa-gena…Pa-pa-geno from The Magic Flute
    Antonín Dvorák Song To The Moon from Rusalka
    Richard Wagner Pilgrim's Chorus from Tannhäuser
    Pietro Mascagni Intermezzo from Cavalleria rusticana
    Georges Bizet Au fond du temple saint from Les pêcheurs de perles
    Georges Bizet Habanera from Carmen
    Giuseppe Verdi Libiamo ne’ lieti calici from La traviata

  • Conductor

    Daníel Bjarnason

  • Soloists

    Þóra Einarsdóttir, Sigrún Hjálmtýsdóttir, Dísella Lárusdóttir, Hallveig Rúnarsdóttir, Suzanne Fischer, Sigríður Ósk Kristjánsdóttir, Hildigunnur Einarsdóttir, Elmar Gilbertsson, Ólafur Kjartan Sigurðarson and Kristinn Sigmundsson

  • Choirs

    Icelandic Opera Choir
    Reykjavík Opera Choir
    Kópavogur Men's Choir

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