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Time Zero in honour of the victims of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York

02 September 2011 / 19:09:07  GRReporter
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Time Zero is the name of the new musical composition by the Greek composer Konstantia Gourzi, which will be performed for the first time in Munich to honour the victims of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York 10 years ago. The Catholic Archdiocese of Munich commissioned the composition and its world premiere will be on September 11 this year. It will be performed within the International Meeting on World Peace, which will be held on September 11 to 13 in collaboration with Sant'Egidio community.

Four different singers, expressing four different cultures - a gospel artist, a singer of Arab origin, an Orthodox Church singer and a tenor, will perform Time Zero. The musical composition is to send a message of love, equality and intercultural respect in a world torn by prejudice and differences.

"For me, conducting, composing and teaching are like vivid aspects of colorful image depicting a complete love: my love of communicating through music, living with music," explains the meaning of life the composer’s manifest on her website. She was born in Lefkada, Greece, but in the past 24 years she has been living and working in Germany. She is recognized as one of the most valuable contemporary composers, and as a conductor works with the best orchestras in Europe and Israel. Her compositions, including theatre and film music, are represented in Europe, USA, Japan and Israel, and the remake of "Philemon and Baucis" on behalf of the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin from 2003 was performed again at the Budapest Spring Festival in 2009.

In relation to the security Germany offers as a country, the composer says, "Honestly, I have not thought about this. I see the situation as it is and try to adapt. If I were forced to live here with cut income and insurance, I do not know how I would respond." Konstantia Gourza recognizes that she feels the pain of the Greeks and understands their deep anxiety during the process of reforms and deprivation, but argues that the difficulties can inspire creative zeal in many people, in which the secret of success lies.


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