Harpa, det nye islandske musik- og konferencehus i Reykjavik åbner den 4. maj 2011 (text på engelsk).

29 June 2010, Reykjavík, Iceland: Pétur J. Eiríksson, Chairman of Portus, announced today that the official opening and opening concert by the Iceland Symphony Orchestra at Harpa, Reykjavík's new Concert Hall and Conference Centre, would take place on 4 May 2011. The opening concert will be conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy. On 14 May 2011, Harpa will stage a grand opening program featuring a diverse range of music events and many of Iceland's most prominent musicians. This program will be broadcast live on Icelandic National television.
Designed by Henning Larsen Architects and Batteríið with acoustics by Artec Consultants Inc and a façade by Olafur Eliasson in collaboration with the architects. Harpa is to become home to the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and the Icelandic Opera, and thus a major addition to the Icelandic and European cultural scene. It will also serve as a tourism and business hub, providing flexible facilities for programs and international events. The façade was designed by Olafur Eliasson in collaboration with Henning Larsen Architects. With acoustics conceived by Artec Consultants Inc, one of the most reputable experts in the field, and equipped with the most technologically advanced sound, staging and presentation systems also designed by Artec, the 28,000 square-meter (301,000 square-feet) complex will be a striking landmark in the redevelopment of the historic harbour and waterfront area, and a symbol of the country's renewed dynamism. The main contractor is ÍAV.


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