Promoters of a concert this week are hoping people will turn out in droves to see musicians associated with "ice" - but not Vanilla Ice.
Actually, the performers are classically trained individuals from Iceland.The Spanish Fork City Icelandic Association, as well as the Spanish Fork City Council (in the guise of the city's recently formed arts council), is sponsoring a concert of seven Icelandic musicians on Friday at 7 p.m. in the Spanish Fork High School Auditorium, 99 N. 300 West.
Along with Icelandic traditional folk numbers from such composers as Karl Runolfsson and Sigurdor Pordarson, the musicians will also perform baroque classical numbers from J.S. Bach and G.P. Teleman as well.
In addition to the Spanish Fork show, the musicians will also be touring Seattle and Vancouver, B.C. According to spokesman Bret Leifson, the musicians will be visiting to "strengthen the bonds of friendship and family between the East and West, and in this case, also to introduce Icelandic music and the musicians performing."
The musicians will be staying with sponsor families in Spanish Fork and Provo, and will be the guests at the April 4 rehearsal of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
Though the concert is free, the local sponsors are asking for $2 donations to help the musicians defray the costs of their travel.
"Spanish Fork has quite a history with Iceland, since many families living in Spanish Fork have Icelandic ancestors," Leifson said. "This event should help further those relations, since the musicians are hoping to express their gratitude for the help and hospitality by sharing their music with friends and relatives in all these places."
Musicians performing Friday in Spanish Fork are:
Peter Jonasson, 31, a classical guitarist who has performed as a soloist in 20 countries and has played in official functions for such dignitaries as Raisa Gorbachev, King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain and Queen Elisabeth II and Prince Phillip of England.
Matthias Mar Davidsson, 23, a classical percussionist who has been in the orchestra for the Iceland State Theater's productions of "Les Miserables," as well as performing with dance bands, jazz groups and the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra.
Ingibjorg Gudjonsdottir, 26, a soprano who has given recitals all over her home country and has performed at all kinds of occasions.
Kolbeinn Bjarnason, 33, a flutist who founded the Caput Ensemble for Contemporary Music in Reykjavik, Icelandic, as well as being active in experimental theater in his home country.