We were given the opportunity to attend the Icelandic Symphony’s last concert before they head out to Washington, D.C., to perform at Nordic Cool--a celebration of Nordic Culture at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. The pieces by Edvard Grieg (Norway), Jean Sibelius (Finland), and Icelandic composers Anna Þorvalsdóttir and Hlynur Aðils Vilmarsson gave the evening a truly Nordic flavor. The Icelandic Symphony’s excellent performance was punctuated by the virtuoso performance of American pianist Garrick Ohlsson, who will join the symphony in Washington DC. In many ways the Icelandic Symphony is a symbol of the American-Icelandic partnership given that several of its members are Americans who have found a profession in Iceland.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the performing arts. Photo: Margot Schulman