“The best we can do is play, so that you don’t have the impression you are wasting your time…» The recent press conference at the Athens Concert Hall started with a Mozart composition, interpreted by the Camerata Orchestra, under the baton of Sir Neville Marriner. The press conference was held to present the orchestra’s program for 2004-2005, on the occasion of the renewal of Eurobank’s exclusive sponsorship. «Some things are taken for granted, such as playing Bach, Beethoven and Haydn in a country where all that seemed exotic until recently…» said Alexandros Myrat, the permanent conductor of the Camerata and the orchestra’s first artistic director. President of the Athens Concert Hall Christos Lambrakis pointed out in a note the triple significance of the orchestra: «It is a cultural contribution that offers special support to Greek composers, as well as its educational activities and preparation for international promotion, with tours and recordings.» The program for the new artistic season includes series dedicated to Beethoven, Mozart and Bach and collaborations between the Camerata and baritone Matthias Gorne, violinist Leonidas Kavakos, pianists Dimitris Sgouros and Yiannis Vakarelis. The Camerata will also continue its series of concerts of contemporary music and will interpret musical fairy tales as well. Other collaborations include those with pianist Stefanos Korkolis and Jacques Loussier.