CULTURE

A new classical music festival revives 19th century traditions on Syros

A new international classical music festival is scheduled to open on the island of Syros this summer, with a series of concerts taking place from Saturday to September 10. The event will take place at Ermoupolis’s celebrated Apollo Theater, originally designed in 1862 as a miniature of Milan’s La Scala. The first rendition of the Cyclades Music Festival, which aims to revive 19th century music, features a number of established soloists, including the Artis Piano Trio (Saturday), guitarist Costas Kotsiolis (September 3), violinist Philippe Graffin and pianist Claire Desert (September 4), and pianist Dimitris Sgouros (September 9). Marking one year since the Closing Ceremonies of the Athens 2004 Olympics, the National Opera’s chamber music orchestra will interpret works by Spyros Samaras, Antonio Vivaldi and Nikos Skalkottas on Sunday. The music events are complemented by an exhibition of photographs by Yiannis Psyllakis, with a Mediterranean focus.