Around the Piano 8th edition
2, 3, 5 & 10 November 2012

This season sees a number of internationally distinguished soloists performing an exceptionally varied repertoire, such as the prestigious French Calliopée Ensemble in cooperation with world-renowned clarinettist Michel Lethiec for a magical Czardas and Johann Strauss night, on November 2, while on November 3, the Some handsome hands German/Greek piano ensemble and the awarded Italian pianists Alessandro Stella and Chiara Opalio present works for two pianos by Mozart, Scriabin, Ravel, Saint-Saëns, Glinka and Baynov. On November 5, the Calliopée Ensemble entices the audience into Brahms' passionate Romantic masterpieces, the Piano Quartet in G minor and the Piano Quintet in F minor, in collaboration with Japanese pianist Ai Motohashi and Greek Alexandra Nomidou, as well as the Leader of the Greek National Opera Orchestra, violinist Yannos Margaziotis. On November 10, forty singers from Greece (PPC mixed Choir) with mezzo Elena Maragou and barytone Kostis Konstantaras, accompanied by internationally awarded Greek pianist Apostolos Palios, gather around the piano to present the audience with an exciting musical journey from Schubert's best-known lieder through beautiful Greek songs by Hatzidakis and Theodorakis to The Beatles' most precious "classical" gems !

The Festival organisation owes a lot to Foreign Embassies, cultural Institutions, media and individual sponsors as well as the valuable and kind support of the Athens Parnassos Literary Society.

Detailed concert programme:

Friday 2 November

The Muses call for dance...

Traditional Hungarian dances [Czardas], waltzes from Johann Strauss, songs from West Side Story

Calliopée Ensemble

Michel Lethiec, clarinet

Guest actress: Magda Mavroyanni

Saturday 3 November

Around 2 pianos...

Works by Mozart, Scriabin, Ravel, Saint-Saëns, Glinka & Baynov

Some handsome hands | 8 hands 2 pianos

Alessandro Stella & Chiara Opalio piano duo

Monday 5 November

We do like Brahms!

Piano quartet in G minor

Piano quintet in F minor

Yannos Margaziotis, violin

Panagiotis Tziotis, violin

Karine Lethiec, viola

Diana Ligeti, cello

Alexandra Nomidou, piano

Ai Motohashi, piano

Saturday 10 November


From The Beatles!

Elena Maragou, mezzo soprano

Kostis Rasidakis, baritone

Apostolos Palios, piano

PPC Mixed Choir

Music Director: Kostis Konstantaras

More info

Dates:2, 3, 5 & 10 November 2012


Artistic Director:Alexandra Nomidou

Organised by:specs 'n' arts

With the support of:Parnassos Literary Society

Venue:Athens Parnassos Hall

Address:8, Karitsi sq., Athens

Info/Tickets:15, 10 & 5 euros