Iceland Symphony Orchestra makes its debut in Manchester next week

A captivating evening of music as the Iceland Symphony Orchestra brings together contemporary Icelandic compositions and Russian romantic masterpieces in their highly anticipated Manchester debut.

By Manchester's Finest | 18 April 2023

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The highly acclaimed Iceland Symphony Orchestra (ISO) is set to make its Manchester debut at The Bridgewater Hall on Tuesday 25 April, presenting an evening of contemporary Icelandic and romantic Russian music. This one-night-only event will feature the renowned talents of the ISO, its Chief Conductor Eva Ollikainen, and esteemed British pianist Stephen Hough.

The concert will commence with a rendition of Sergei Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto, a highly regarded piece in the composer’s repertoire. The accomplished British pianist Stephen Hough, known for his exceptional performances of Rachmaninov’s piano concertos, will join the ISO and Chief Conductor Eva Ollikainen for this captivating segment.

Following the Rachmaninov concerto, the orchestra will perform another masterpiece of Russian Romantic music, Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony. This emotionally charged symphony will undoubtedly highlight the skill and artistry of the ISO and its conductor, leaving a profound impact on the audience.

To conclude the performance, the ISO will present a contemporary treasure from Iceland, Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s Metacosmos. This intriguing tone poem is inspired by the idea of ‘falling into a black hole,’ and will demonstrate the orchestra’s ability to transport listeners through the power of their music.

The upcoming performance by the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Eva Ollikainen, and Stephen Hough is a must-see event for those interested in experiencing an extraordinary blend of Icelandic and Russian music. Ticket discounts are available for senior citizens, under 26s, and claimants, with student tickets priced at just £5.50.