Music in Reykjavik
Reykjavik has two symphony orchestras. Concerts and recitals are held regularly in such places as the Nordic House, Hallgrimskirkja church, and the Biobog cinema.
In 2010, the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra, 562-2255, www.sinfonia.is, will have a new home, a hall that is being built on the Reykjavik harbor. Meanwhile, the concerts, which are presented every two weeks during the winter, are being held at the University Auditorium (Haskolabio). Performances by Icelandic and international artists usually take place on Thursday nights beginning at 7:30 pm, and the orchestra also makes occasional tours of the country.
The national opera company, Icelandic Opera, 511-4200, www.opera.is, is the northernmost opera house in the world. Two or three operas are staged every season. Winter performances, 511-4200, also are staged.
The Icelandic Ballet School, 588-9188, is at 1 Engjateigur; the Iceland Dance Company, 588-0900, www.borgarleihus. is, is on Borgarleikhusid; and the Ekka Dance Theater Company, 868-5813, is at 41 Hatun. The Reykjavik City Theater, 562-0266, at 53 Hringbraut, is the home of the Iceland Dance Company.
The Society of Friends at Hallgrims church, 510-1000, organizes a “Summer Evening by the Organ” concert series in July and August each year.
In late September or early October, it is time to participate in the annual Reykjavik Jazz Festival, www.jazz.is.
In the United States, information is available from World Stage Concerts, 1-800-336-6850.
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