Tickets have gone on sale today for events expected to commence at the concert hall Harpa, which is currently under construction.
According to a press release from organisers, the building of a concert hall in Reykjavík was first proposed in 1881, so there has been a considerable wait for the opening of this hall. Organisers therefore expect there to be great demand for tickets, and have worked day and night to ensure that a ticket system will be in place that will be able to handle what they expect will be a flood of people clamouring for tickets.
Opening day for the concert hall will feature Vladimir Ashkenazy conducting the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra, along with tenor Jonas Kaufmann, performing an original work by Þorkel Sigurbjörnsson, “Velkomin Harpa” (“Welcome Harpa”), Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, and a piano performance of pieces by Grieg.
Plenty of other events are planned for Harpa’s first days as well, featuring such acts as Jamie Cullum, Camilla Tilling, the Spanish band Ojos de Brujo, a Bob Dylan tribute band and Páll Óskar performing with the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra.
There will be a special opening festival scheduled for 13 May, an open house for the public on 14 May, and a special children’s day on 15 May. More exact information will be released later.
To purchase tickets, you can either visit www.harpa.is, www.midi.is, by calling 528-5050, or by visiting tickets offices on Aðalstræti 2 (although this will be a temporary location for ticket sales until box offices at Harpa itself open in April.)