Christmas at the Symphony

15.12.2012 - 16.12.2012

Culture & Design

The Iceland Symphony Orchestra's Christmas concert is an integral part of many families' holiday celebration. This year, the ISO continues its tradition of presenting a Christmas concert with a nationalistic flavour.

A new Christmas overture featuring Sigurður Ingvi Snorrason's arrangement of Icelandic Christmas classics kicks off the programme, followed by Guðni Franzson's Christmas Elf Suite, based on poet Jóhannes frá Kötlum's Christmas Elf Verses and narrated by Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir. And who knows? Perhaps Grýla and the Christmas Cat will make an appearance in Harpa's Eldborg hall! Then we set our sights beyond Iceland's shores, with The Little Drummer Boy, a Christmas favourite showcasing a group of young percussion students. The beat of their drums will put everyone in the mood for Iceland Ballet Academy students' stunning interpretation of Howard Blake's ever-popular The Snowman. The programme is rounded out with soprano Þóra Einarsdóttir and the Reykjavík Girls' Choir as they perform traditional Christmas favourites, ending with Sigurður Ingvi Snorrason's arrangement of Silent Night, with the Reykjanes Music School Bell Choir ringing in the Yuletide season.
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