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
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 Schubert...to The Beatles!
Elena Maragou, mezzo soprano
Kostis Rasidakis, baritone
Apostolos Palios, piano
PPC Mixed Choir
Music Director: Kostis Konstantaras
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 ticketservices.gr