June 13, 1998 at 04:00 AM EDT

Icelandic pop pixie Björk, who was forced to cancel a concert tour earlier this year because of a kidney infection that landed her in the hospital, is making it up to her fans with a limited, six-city swing across the U.S. At the sold-out Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City Monday night, the diminutive diva was backed by an eight-piece string ensemble and an electronic programmer. She began her impressive and well-received 80-minute set with a handful of ethereal tunes from her most recent CD, “Homogenic,” before revving up the crowd with the club-kid, strobe-light dance hits of her post-Sugarcubes days.

Expect to see more of Björk in the coming months. A collection of the singer’s singles and B-sides is tentatively scheduled for November release, according to a spokesperson for Elektra Records. In the meantime, fans can hear Björk’s “Hunter” on the upcoming “X-Files: The Album” soundtrack (due out on June 2) or catch her live in concert in the following cities: Washington, D.C. (May 15), Chicago (May 18), San Francisco (May 21) and Los Angeles (May 23).

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