CULTURE

Great orchestras and maestros at the Megaron

The La Scala Philharmonic Orchestra opens the «Great Orchestras – Great Maestros» series at the Athens Concert Hall this season. Conducted by leading maestro Riccardo Muti, the renowned orchestra returns to Athens after a five-year absence and will appear at the Athens Concert Hall’s Friends of Music Hall tonight and tomorrow. Abbado, Muti Established by Claudio Abbado in Milan in 1982, the prominent ensemble is critically acclaimed for its quality as well as its diversity – besides opera, the La Scala Philharmonic is also known for its loyalty to symphonic music. Since 1987, the orchestra has been conducted by Muti. At the Athens Concert Hall tonight, the orchestra will interpret works by Joseph Haydn (Symphony No. 104), Franz Schubert (Symphony No. 8) and Antonin Dvorak (Symphony No. 5 in D major, opus 76). Tomorrow’s program features Mozart’s Concerto for flute and orchestra, KV 314; Giuseppe Verdi’s dances from «Macbeth» and Johannes Brahms’s Symphony No. 2, opus 73. The evening features flute soloist Davide Formisano. Born in Naples in 1941, Muti studied piano and graduated in philosophy at university. He went on to graduate in composition and orchestral conducting at the Milan Conservatoire, while in 1967 he became the first Italian to win the Guido Cantelli Prize. The «Great Orchestras – Great Maestros» series will continue with the Moscow Radio Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Vladimir Fedoseyev, on October 8 and 9; the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, led by Michael Tilson-Thomas, on November 12 and 13, and the Deutsche Oper Berlin Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Christian Thielemann, on November 22 and 23. Athens Concert Hall (Megaron Mousikis), 1 Kokkali and Vas. Sofias, tel 210.728.2333. Concerts start at 9 p.m. and will take place at the Friends of Music Hall.