Carl Maria von Weber’s Clarinet Concerto no. 1 is one of the most memorable wind concerti of the 19th century. Clarinetist Grímur Helgason has received deserved attention in recent years, both for his work with the Iceland Symphony and for his solo performances. Grímur has an unusually broad stylistic range, which spans classical, pop, jazz, and dixieland music. He completed advanced studies at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam and, since then he has performed with a variety of musical groups, including Caput, Hjaltalín, and the gypsy-jazz band Hrafnaspark, as well as the Iceland Symphony.
Anna Thorvaldsdottir ranks among the most respected composers of today. She writes works for some of the world’s most renowned orchestras and music festivals. The new work heard here was commissioned jointly by the Berlin Philharmonic, the New York Philharmonic, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and the Iceland Symphony Orchestra. It was premiered in Berlin in January 2021, and now concertgoers in Iceland have the opportunity to hear this outstanding new work live in concert.
The Tannhäuser Overture is the magnificent introduction to Wagner’s opera about the eponymous Minnesinger and the struggle between the spiritual and the worldly in life and in art.
Ticket sales and concertgoer’s guide
In accordance to local health regulations and to ensure the safety of our patrons, the Eldborg concert hall in Harpa has been divided into several areas, each with a maximum capacity of 100 guests. To ensure space between guests, at least one empty seat will be reserved between each ticket order. We also offer seats that ensure a distance of 2 meters on all sides, but these tickets must be booked through the Harpa ticket office, tel. 528-5050. Read our concertgoer’s guide here
Anna Þorvaldsdóttir: CATAMORPHOSIS
Carl Maria von Weber: Clarinet Concerto no. 1
Richard Wagner: Tannhäuser, Overture
Árni Heimir Ingólfsson