Music nights at Santorini

Santorini’s International Music Festival, which celebrates its 26th anniversary this year, kicks off today, with the participation of various interpreters and soloists. Organized by Athina Kapodistria, the festival will once more gather acclaimed musicians from all over the world for six special evenings at the Petros Nomikos Conference Center at Fira. The festival will start today with Darinka Matic-Marovic, whose appearance last year left the best impressions. This year she will be heading the Collegium Musicum women’s choir from Belgrade. The first part of the program will consist of choral religious music and the second will include songs from different parts of the world. On Sunday Joaquin Soriano, one of Europe’s top pianists, will give a recital. Joined by the Strings Quartet, he will interpret piano quintets by Spanish composers Antonio Soler and Enrique Granados, as well as Brahms’s Concerto op. 34. Five talented young Greek musicians who comprise the Athens State Orchestra Winds Quintet will appear on Friday, September 10. In collaboration with Athina Kapodistria, they suggest a program of works by Theodoros Antoniou, Rimsky-Korsakov, Francis Poulenc and Carl Nielsen. The Prague-based Martinu ensemble, a flute, piano and strings quartet, will perform on Sunday, September 12. They will interpret works by Haydn and Beethoven and Czech composers Bohuslav Martinu, Antonin Dvorak and Alexej Fried. The Academia Strings Quartet from Budapest, originating from the highly acclaimed Hungarian school of chamber music, will pay tribute to Dvorak commemorating the centenary of the composer’s death and will interpret some of his best-known works. The festival will end on September 19 with a recital by Ukranian pianist Vadim Kholodenko. The pianist, who just turned 18 this year, is the winner of the Grand Prix Maria Callas International Competition and will interpret a program of highly demanding works by Mozart, Schubert, Tchaikovsky and Isaac Albeniz.

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