For years, the ISO’s Christmas concerts have been part of many concertgoers’ annual Christmas season activities. This family gala takes a peek into the baðstofa, the common room in the old Icelandic farmhouse, where the Christmas elves and the Christmas cat have taken up residence. At the forefront is the exquisite Christmas music of Jórunn Viðar, who would have turned 100 this year.
Students from the Iceland Ballet Academy interpret Ingibjörg Þorbergs’ Christmas Cat and Gunnar Þórðarson’s Jólaóður (Ode to Christmas), and the Reykjavík Girls’ Choir and the Litlu Sprotarnir Sign Language Choir perform Christmas classics, together with Valgerður Guðnadóttir and Kolbrún Völkudóttir. Young wind players will appear with the orchestra, and the Reykjanes Music School Bell Choir rings in the Christmas season, playing holiday favourites before and after the concert.
Master of Ceremonies is Hildur the Clown, and the conductor is Bernharður Wilkinson. The concert will also be performed in Icelandic Sign Language.
MASTER OF CEREMONIES
Barbara the Clown
Reykjavík Girls’ Choir
Litlu Sprotarnir Sign Language Choir
Students from the Iceland Ballet Academy
Reykjanes Music School Bell Choir
Ingibjörg Þorbergs The Christmas Cat
Jórunn Viðar Það á að gefa börnum brauð and Jól
Guðni Franzson Jólin koma
Gunnar Þórðarson Óður til jólanna
More Christmas classics