• Harpa Concert Hall

    In our last bulletin, we sent you to Edinburgh . . . how about a stop on the way to take in a concert in Reykjavik, Iceland?  The gorgeous, so-new-it’s-just-opened Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Center is well worth the layover.

    Serving as the new home base for the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and the Icelandic Opera, Harpa’s upcoming schedule also accommodates everything from a special Björk performance, to a q&a with filmmaker Kevin Smith.  Its award-winning design (World Architecture Community)  features a multi-faceted glass facade, which is not only stunningly beautiful, but also provides plenty of natural interior lighting by day; at night, a system of LED lights makes the whole thing positively glow.  Designed by Henning Larsen Architects (with renowned artist Olafur Eliasson and Artec), the building is drawing so many visitors — above and beyond the performing arts crowd — that reservations at upscale on-site restaurant Kolabrautin are already hard to come by.  And keep in mind that this is all just leading up to the gala opening which was unfolding, literally, as we were writing this — on August 20th!

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