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Iceland Symphony Orchestra Celebrates 60th Anniversary

The Iceland Symphony Orchestra is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year—the first concert was held in March 1950. Tomorrow, March 18, the event will be remembered with a concert performed by not just a big, but a huge band.

The Iceland Symphony Orchestra. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

An almost 100-person band will play Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, and a 30-person choir and two solo performers will also participate. Moreover, a new composition by Haflidi Hallgrímsson will be performed for the first time at the occasion, Morgunbladid reports.

“Haflidi was the obvious choice when it came to finding something Icelandic to play alongside Mahler and it is great to be able to give him a chance to write for such a large band,” said the symphony orchestra’s conductor Árni Heimir Ingólfsson.

“The orchestra’s artistic position is very good and it has been improving in the past years, as we can see by reviews of its concerts and the prestige we have gained abroad through nominations for awards and the awards we have received,” Ingólfsson said.

“We also see it through the increase in spectators between years. For example, there was a 40 percent increase in the sale of subscriptions last autumn compared to the years prior,” Ingólfsson added.

Click here to read more about the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and here to visit its website.

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