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Barbara Hannigan 4. Jun 17:00 Eldborg | Harpa

  • Program

    Charles Ives The Unanswered Question
    Arnold Schönberg Verklärte Nacht
    Alban Berg Suite from Lulu
    George Gershwin Girl Crazy, suite (arr. Bill Elliott)

  • Conductor

    Barbara Hannigan

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Eva Conducts Shostakovich 18. May 20:00 Eldborg | Harpa

  • Program

    Dmitri Shostakovich Symphony no. 5

  • Conductor

    Eva Ollikainen

  • Host

    Halla Oddný Magnúsdóttir

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Víkingur and John Adams 5. May 19:30 Eldborg | Harpa

  • Program

    John Adams Short Ride in a Fast Machine
    John Adams Must the Devil Have All the Good Tunes?
    John Adams Harmonielehre

  • Conductor

    John Adams

  • Soloist

    Víkingur Heiðar Ólafsson

  • Host

    Halla Oddný Magnúsdóttir

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Ein Heldenleben 31. Mar 19:30 Eldborg | Harpa

  • Program

    George Walker Lyric for strings
    Richard Strauss Horn Concerto no. 2
    Richard Strauss Ein Heldenleben

  • Conductor

    Juanjo Mena

  • Soloist

    Stefan Dohr

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Solidarity Concert for Ukraine 24. Mar 19:30 Eldborg | Harpa

  • Program

    Valentin Silvestrov Der Bote
    Johann Sebastian Bach Erbarme dich, mein Gott from Bach's St. Matthew Passion
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Ballet music from Ideomeneo, selections
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Violin Concerto no. 5
    Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony no. 7

  • Conductor

    Kornilios Michailidis

  • Soloist

    Simos Papanas

  • Soloist

    Hildigunnur Einarsdóttir

  • Host

    Halla Oddný Magnúsdóttir

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Víkingur and Daníel 2. Mar 20:00 Eldborg | Harpa

  • Program

    María Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttir Clockworking
    John Adams Lollapalooza
    Daníel Bjarnason FEAST

  • Conductor

    Daníel Bjarnason

  • Soloist

    Víkingur Heiðar Ólafsson

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Shostakovich and Barber 17. Feb 19:30 Eldborg | Harpa

  • Program

    Samuel Barber Violin Concerto
    Dmitri Shostakovich Symphony no. 9

  • Conductor

    Kornilios Michailidis

  • Soloist

    Valeriy Sokolov

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Mozart and Beethoven – Lunchtime Concert 10. Feb 12:10 Eldborg | Harpa

  • Program

    W.A. Mozart The Marriage of Figaro, overture
    Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony no. 6, Pastoral Symphony

  • Conductor

    Eva Ollikainen

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Wagner and Mozart – Lunchtime Concert 3. Feb 12:10 Eldborg | Harpa

  • Program

    Richard Wagner Siegfried Idyll
    W.A. Mozart Symphony no. 29

  • Conductor

    Daníel Bjarnason

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The Iceland Symphony Christmas Family Concert 12. Dec 16:00 Eldborg | Harpa

  • Program

    Various Christmas favourites from throughout the centuries.

  • Conductor

    Eva Ollikainen

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Benedikt Sings Bach and Händel 2. Dec 19:30 Eldborg | Harpa

  • Program

    Georg Friedrich Handel Overture and arias from Messiah
    Georg Friedrich Handel Water Music, suites 2 and 3
    Georg Friedrich Handel Waft Her, Angels, from Jeptha
    Johann Sebastian Bach Aria from Cantata 198
    Joseph Haydn Symphony no. 99

  • Conductor

    Dirk Vermeulen

  • Soloist

    Benedikt Kristjánsson

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Víkingur and Adès 18. Nov 19:30 Eldborg | Harpa

  • Program

    Jean Sibelius Rakastava (The Lover)
    Jean Sibelius The Tempest, suite no. 2
    Thomas Adès Dawn
    Thomas Adès In Seven Days, Piano Concerto

  • Conductor

    Thomas Adès

  • Soloist

    Víkingur Heiðar Ólafsson

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Eva Conducts Strauss 11. Nov 19:30 Eldborg | Harpa

  • Program

    Daníel Bjarnason From Space I Saw Earth
    Richard Strauss Till Eulenspiegel
    Richard Strauss Der Rosenkavalier, suite
    Richard Strauss Vier letzte Lieder

  • Conductors

    Eva Ollikainen, Daníel Bjarnason and Kornilios Michaildis

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Magic of Centuries Past 3. Nov 20:00 Eldborg | Harpa

  • Program

    John Dowland If My Complaints Could Passions Move
    Benjamin Britten Lachrymae
    Thomas Adès 1. Les Amusements –
    from Three Studies from Couperin
    Maurice Ravel La Valse

  • Conductor

    Eva Ollikainen

  • Soloist

    Þórunn Ósk Marínósdóttir

  • Soloist

    Benedikt Kristjánsson

  • Host

    Halla Oddný Magnúsdóttir

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Jess Gillam and Prokoviev 28. Oct 19:30 Eldborg | Harpa

  • Program

    Doreen Carwithen Bishop Rock Overture
    Heitor Villa-Lobos Fantasy for saxophone and orchestra
    Alexander Glazunov Saxophone Concerto
    Sergei Prokofiev Symphony no. 5

  • Conductor

    Ryan Bancroft

  • Soloist

    Jess Gillam

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Tchaikovsky and Beethoven 14. Oct 19:30 Eldborg | Harpa

  • Program

    Piotr Tchaikovsky Romeo and Juliet, fantasy overture
    Ludwig van Beethoven Piano Concerto no. 1
    Emilie Mayer Symphony no. 5

  • Conductor

    Anja Bihlmaier

  • Soloist

    Behzod Abduraimov

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Strauss and Shostakovich 6. Oct 20:00 Eldborg | Harpa

  • Program

    Richard Strauss Horn Concerto no. 1
    Dmitri Shostakovich Piano Concerto no. 2
    Richard Strauss Don Juan

  • Conductor

    Eva Ollikainen

  • Soloists

    Ásta Dóra Finnsdóttir and Stefán Jón Bernharðsson

  • Host

    Halla Oddný Magnúsdóttir

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Dvořák's Cello Concerto 30. Sep 19:30 Eldborg | Harpa

  • Program

    Halldór Smárason infinite image
    Antonín Dvořák Cello Concerto
    Joan Tower Concerto for Orchestra

  • Conductor

    Peter Oundjian

  • Soloist

    Jonathan Swensen

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The Iceland Symphony Youth Orchestra Plays Sibelius 26. Sep 17:00 Eldborg | Harpa

  • Program

    Jean Sibelius Symphony no. 2

  • Conductor

    Eva Ollikainen

  • Iceland Symphony Youth Orchestra

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Favourite Classics 3. Sep 20:00 Eldborg | Harpa

  • Program

    Popular music from the theatre from Iceland and abroad, including music from The Sound of Music, Fiddler on the Roof, West Side Story, and Les Misérables.

  • Conductor

    Daníel Bjarnason

  • Soloists

    Jóna G. Kolbrúnardóttir, Elmar Gilbertsson, Emilíana Torrini, Jóhann Sigurðarson, Katrín Halldóra Sigurðardóttir, Kristjana Stefánsdóttir, Lay Low, Salka Sól Eyfeld and more

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Una and Daníel 10. Jun 20:00 Eldborg | Harpa

  • Program

    Þuríður Jónsdóttir Violin concerto – LEIKSLOK (premiere)
    Johannes Brahms Symphony no 2

  • Conductor

    Daníel Bjarnason

  • Soloist

    Una Sveinbjarnardóttir

  • Host

    Árni Heimir Ingólfsson

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Eva and Grímur 3. Jun 20:00 - 21:00 Eldborg | Harpa

  • Program

    Anna Þorvaldsdóttir CATAMORPHOSIS
    Carl Maria von Weber Clarinet Concerto no. 1
    Richard Wagner Tannhäuser, Overture

  • Conductor

    Eva Ollikainen

  • Soloist

    Grímur Helgason

  • Host

    Árni Heimir Ingólfsson

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Prokofiev and Mendelssohn 6. May 20:00 - 21:00 Eldborg | Harpa

  • Program

    Sergei Prokofiev Violin concerto no. 2
    Felix Mendelssohn Symphony no. 4, “Italian”

  • Conductor

    Bjarni Frímann Bjarnason

  • Soloist

    Rannveig Marta Sarc

  • Host

    Árni Heimir Ingólfsson

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Mahler no. 4 29. Apr 20:00 - 21:00 Eldborg | Harpa

  • Program

    Gustav Mahler Symphony no. 4

  • Conductor

    Bjarni Frímann Bjarnason

  • Soloist

    Herdís Anna Jónasdóttir

  • Host

    Halla Oddný Magnúsdóttir

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Grammy Celebration 18. Mar 20:00 - 21:00 Eldborg | Harpa

  • Program

    Anna Þorvaldsdóttir Metacosmos
    María Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttir Oceans
    Daníel Bjarnason Violin Concerto

  • Conductor

    Daníel Bjarnason

  • Soloist

    Pekka Kuusisto

  • Host

    Halla Oddný Magnúsdóttir

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Emilía and Brahms 11. Mar 20:00 - 21:00 Eldborg | Harpa

  • Program

    Camille Saint-Saëns Romance for flute and orchestra
    Cécile Chaminade Concertino for flute and orchestra
    Johannes Brahms Symphony no 4

  • Conductor

    Eivind Aadland

  • Soloist

    Emilía Rós Sigfúsdóttir

  • Host

    Halla Oddný Magnúsdóttir

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From the New World 4. Mar 20:00 - 21:00 Eldborg | Harpa

  • Program

    Julia Perry A Short Piece for Orchestra
    Antonín Dvořák Symphony no. 9 “From the New World”

  • Conductor

    Eva Ollikainen

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Stuart Skelton Sings Wagner 25. Feb 20:00 - 21:00 Eldborg | Harpa

  • Program

    Bohuslav Martinů Concerto for Oboe and Small Orchestra
    Richard Wagner Prelude from Tristan und Isolde
    Richard Wagner Wesendonck Lieder
    Richard Wagner Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde

  • Conductor

    Eva Ollikainen

  • Soloist

    Julia Hantschel

  • Soloist

    Stuart Skelton

  • Host

    Halla Oddný Magnúsdóttir

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Eva Conducts Sibelius 18. Feb 20:00 - 21:00 Eldborg | Harpa

  • Program

    Carl Nielsen Helios Overture
    Kenneth Fuchs Concerto for Bass Trombone
    Outi Tarkiainen Songs of the Ice
    Jean Sibelius Tapiola

  • Conductor

    Eva Ollikainen

  • Soloist

    David Bobroff

  • Host

    Halla Oddný Magnúsdóttir

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Haydn and Brahms 11. Feb 20:00 - 21:00 Eldborg | Harpa

  • Program

    Joseph Haydn Cello Concerto in C Major
    Johannes Brahms Symphony no. 2

  • Conductor

    Eva Ollikainen

  • Soloist

    Sigurgeir Agnarsson

  • Host

    Halla Oddný Magnúsdóttir

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The Unfinished Symphony 4. Feb 20:00 - 21:00 Eldborg | Harpa

  • Program

    Alberto Ginastera Harp Concerto
    Franz Schubert Symphony no. 8, “Unfinished”
    Þuríður Jónsdóttir Flow and Fusion

  • Conductor

    Eva Ollikainen

  • Soloist

    Xavier de Maistre

  • Host

    Halla Oddný Magnúsdóttir

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Daníel and Adams 28. Jan 20:00 - 21:00 Eldborg | Harpa

  • Program

    Daníel Bjarnason Over Light Earth
    John Adams Shaker Loops
    Robert Schumann Konzertstück for 4 Horns

  • Conductor

    Daníel Bjarnason

  • Iceland Symphony Horn Section

    Stefán Jón Bernharðsson, Joseph Ognibene, Frank Hammarin and Asbjørn Ibsen Bruun

  • Host

    Halla Oddný Magnúsdóttir

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Beethoven's Fifth 23. Sep 20:00 Eldborg | Harpa

  • Program

    Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony no. 5
    Anna Thorvaldsdóttir Aeriality

  • Conductor

    Eva Ollikainen

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A Beethoven Anniversary Feast 17. Sep 20:00 Eldborg | Harpa

  • Program

    Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony no. 1, 4th mvt.
    Ludwig van Beethoven Piano concerto no 3
    Philip Glass Opening from Glassworks (arr. Christian Badzura)

  • Conductor

    Eva Ollikainen

  • Soloist

    Víkingur Ólafsson

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Beethoven's Birthday 10. Sep 20:00 Eldborg | Harpa

  • 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

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Favourite Classics - A Birthday Celebration 4. Sep 20:00 Eldborg | Harpa

  • Program

    Hrafnkell Orri Egilsson Rás 1, suite (arrangment)
    Luigi Boccherini Minuet
    Þórarinn Guðmundsson Þú ert
    Jón Þórarinsson Icelandic Spring Lullaby
    Emil Thoroddsen Lullaby
    Jón Múli Árnason Vikivaki
    Ingibjörg Þorbergs Á morgun
    Aram Khachaturian Sabre Dance
    Dmitri Shostakovich Suite for Jazz Orchestra no. 2
    Igor Stravinsky from The Firebird
    Johann Sebastian Bach Ruht wohl, from St John Passion
    Edvard Grieg The Death of Åse, from Peer Gynt
    Emmerich Kálman Heut´ Nacht hab ich geträumt von dir
    Felix Mendelssohn Violin Concerto, 2nd mvt
    Emilíana Torrini Ha ha (arr. Albin de la Simone)
    Jean Sibelius Symphony no. 2, 4th mvt.

  • Conductor

    Daníel Bjarnason

  • Soloist

    Páll Palomares

  • Soloists

    Dísella Lárusdóttir
    Elmar Gilbertsson
    Emilíana Torrini
    Sigríður Thorlacius
    Sigurður Guðmundsson

  • Choir

    Motet Choir of Hallgrímskirkja

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Víkingur and the Iceland Symphony live on RÚV 4. Jun 20:00 Eldborg | Harpa

  • Program

    Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony no. 7, second mvt.
    Jean-Philippe Rameau The Arts and the Hours from Les Boréades
    W.A. Mozart Piano Concerto no. 23 in A major

  • Conductor

    Daníel Bjarnason

  • Soloist

    Víkingur Ólafsson

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Hallveig and the Iceland Symphony live on RÚV 20. May 20:00 Eldborg | Harpa

  • Program

    W.A. Mozart Symphony no. 29, 1st movement
    W.A. Mozart Dove sono, from Le nozze di Figaro
    W.A. Mozart L’amerò, sarò constante, from Il Rè pastore
    W.A. Mozart Non mi dir, from Don Giovanni
    Jules Massenet Méditation, from Thaïs
    Sigfús Einarsson Draumalandið
    Jón Nordal Hvert örstutt spor
    Sigfús Einarsson Gígjan
    Sigvaldi Kaldalóns Á Sprengisandi

  • Conductor

    Bjarni Frímann Bjarnason

  • Soloist

    Sigrún Eðvaldsdóttir

  • Soloist

    Hallveig Rúnarsdóttir

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Inkinen conducts Bartók 23. Jan 19:30 Eldborg | Harpa

  • Program

    Anna Clyne Masquerade
    William Walton Viola Concerto
    Béla Bartók Concerto for Orchestra

  • Conductor

    Pietari Inkinen

  • Soloist

    Nils Mönkemeyer

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Viennese Favourites 11. Jan 19:30 Eldborg | Harpa

  • Program

    Operetta selections and waltzes by Johann Strauss the Younger, Franz Lehár, Tchaikovsky, Mélanie Bonis, Amy Beach, and others.

  • Conductor

    Bjarni Frímann Bjarnason

  • Soloists

    Jóna G. Kolbrúnardóttir
    Garðar Thor Cortes

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

  • Program

    Leroy Anderson A Christmas Festival
    Katherine K. Davis The Little Drummer Boy
    Jórunn Viðar Það á að gefa börnum brauð
    Émile Waldteufel The Skaters’ Waltz
    Other christmas classics

  • Conductor

    Bjarni Frímann Bjarnason

  • Soloists

    Hrafnhildur Árnadóttir Hafstað
    Unnsteinn Manuel Stefánsson
    Kolbrún Völkudóttir

  • Host

    Barbara the Clown

  • Choirs

    Reykjavík Girls’ Choir
    Litlu Sprotarnir Sign Language Choir
    Reykjanes Music School Bell Choir

  • Dancers from the Iceland Ballet Academy
    Hörpuhópur Árnes Music School Recorder Ensemble
    Young percussionists

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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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