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For the fans of classical music

23 September 2012 / 14:09:35  GRReporter
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Several days ago, artistic director of the Concert Hall in Athens, Nikos Tsouchlos, presented the Hall's programme for the new season.

This year, Christos Lambrakis Hall will host some of the biggest names of symphonic music, Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra (22, 23, 24 November), the famous Philharmonia Orchestra (15 December), Orchestre Nationale de France (25, 26 February 2013) and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (2 April 2013). Marvellous Brazilian soloist Nelson Freire and Eliza Virsalante, artist and teacher of George-Emmanuel Lazaridis, will perform together with the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra.

Baroque will be presented by Venexiana band, with a programme of works by Vivaldi and a recitation of the Hall's new organist Ourania Gasiou, who will play Bach, and an official guest will be her teacher and predecessor Nicholas Kinaston. The "Great Performers" cycle will offer two exceptional recitals - by pianist Arcadi Volodos and by renowned violinist Kim Kashkashian.

Mikis Theodorakis's symphonic music will be presented this year in two concerts. The first will be with ERT National Symphony Orchestra and soloist Maria Farantouri, and the second - together with Athens State Orchestra conducted by Myron Michailidis.

The Greek Song cycle includes the concerts in the garden by Eleonora Zouganeli and Vassilikos, George Dalaras, as well as a dedication to Michalis Souyoul.

The series "Bridges" will be conducted by Dimitris Marangopoulos. Musical Memories of the Smyrna catastrophe, musical compositions from the collection Gourdjieff, musical traditions with Panagiotis Milonas, recitation without borders by Stefanos Korkolis, electronic music and installations with Hertz Festival, and the show featuring Aurélia Thierrée Chaplin "Murmurs des Murs" will be presented as well. This year's "Bridges" offers acquaintance with classical music with the help of Kostas Kotsiolis's Naxos trio, Vassilis Tsabropoulos and Janis Vakarelis with Tetraktys.

The Christmas holidays will be celebrated with the ERT National Symphony Orchestra and musicians Nikos Tsouchlos and Ioakim Baltsaviya with Christmas carols and tunes together with Rosarte Choir.

The concerts cycle with the Chamber presents this year a concert of works by Lully, Koumendakis, Rammo, Papadimitriou, Gluck and Koukos, the magic of the famous mezzo-soprano voice Vivika Zeno, and three original concerts, combining the menus created by renowned chefs with musical delight. The cooperation between the Chamber and Evanthia Remboutsika is also awaited with interest in a concert with familiar melodies which she has created for cinema and television. The cycle will be completed by concerts of works by Bach entitled "In phase with J.S. Bach".

Contemporary musical art is represented by the Greek group for contemporary music Theodoros Andonios, with Ergon Ensemble, and the music of Olivier Messiaen and his students, as well as the series "Music and the silent movie" (in collaboration with the Goethe Institut and the French Institute in Athens). The dedications to Jani Christou and Yiannis Andreu Papaioannou also belong to the same cycle, and the quartet's concert entitled Boulez project.

Within the "Greek National School" cycle three concerts are included, a dedication to the great composer and friend of Greece Maurice Emmanuel, a recital by pianist Athina Fitika and a dedication to Manolis Kalomiris to mark the 50th anniversary of his death.

A whole cycle is devoted to Beethoven sonatas, and the "Musical evenings in Dimitris Mitropoulos Hall" will host the recital of Julia Troussa, Aris Garoufalis and 17-year-old Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki.

The famous "Rising Stars" always have a place in the programme of the Hall and the series "Sunday mornings." The garden is planned to host two concerts with Dimitris Kalandzis and his quintet with jazz works of Manos Hadjidakis, as well as the Nocturnal confessions with Christos Zervinos, accordion, and Miltos Logiadis.

Yiannis Markopoulos will present his works in two concerts. And next summer the Chamber will present the nine piano concertos by Beethoven. The cycle ends in June in the garden with a musical celebration on 21 June.

Tags: Music Hall concerts Hadjidakis Dalaras Theodorakis
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