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Open House and Free Concerts in New Harpa Music Hall

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Open House and Free Concerts in New Harpa Music Hall

There will be an open house at Harpa, the new concert and conference center on the Reykjavík seaside, on Saturday and Sunday with the formal opening celebration taking place tonight, which will be broadcast live on national broadcaster RÚV, starting at 5:55 pm.

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Harpa. Photo by Geir Ólafsson.

The first opening concerts by the Iceland Symphony Orchestra were held last week.

Tomorrow, May 14, the doors of Harpa will be open to the public as of 11 am. Concerts will take place in two smaller music halls, Nordurljós and Kaldalón, throughout the day, mbl.is reports.

Performers include the male choir Fóstbraedur, Gissur Páll Gissurarson, the Reykjavík Chamber Orchestra, Ólafur Arnalds, the Caput group, the choir of the Icelandic Opera, Kristinn H. Árnason, Björn Thoroddsen and Kazumi Watanabe, and the trio of Tómas R. Einarsson will play at the entrance.

Tomorrow evening at 8 pm a rock concert will begin in Silfurberg, Harpa’s second-largest music hall. Apparat Organ Quartet, Mammút, Agent Fresco, Valdimar, Hjaltalín, Jónas Sigurdsson and his backup band, ritvélar framtídarinnar, Lights on the Highway and HAM will perform. The concert ends at midnight.

On the occasion of the opening of Harpa, all of these events will be free.

On Sunday, May 15, the building will open at 11 am where a varied children’s program will take place throughout the day.

In Eldborg, the center’s largest hall, two children’s concerts with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and the music-loving mouse Maximus Musicus will be performed.

These concerts are sold out but all other events will be free. These include the play about Mr. Pot and Mrs. Lid, which will be staged in Kaldalón at 5 pm and 5:45 pm.

From 1 pm onwards a special music festival for children and teenagers will take place in Silfurberg where more than 300 youngsters will perform.

Click here to see photos from a Harpa pre-opening concert last week and here to read the program on the concert center’s website.

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