The New York Philharmonic, the Vienna Philharmonic, the London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris and the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra are among groups who have confirmed that they will perform in separate concerts in the new Music and Conference Hall in Reykjavík after it opens in 2010.
These orchestras and other groups will tour northern Europe for several years, performing in music halls in Scandinavia, Iceland and Germany. Some of the music halls where they are scheduled to play are still under construction, like the music hall in Reykjavík, Morgunbladid reports.
The tour was launched on Monday when the German NDR-Bigband, along with pianist Yefim Bronfman and bandmaster Christoph von Dohnayi, played at the Music Hall in Oslo.
The idea behind this grand tour came from Danish violinist Jakob Soelberg, who envisioned bringing the best classic bands in the world to northern Europe when he played as a substitute with the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in 2005.
Most of the concert will be recorded in Denmark.
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