CULTURE

Orchestra of Colors: Music, love and poetry

Music combines with literature and love as a new cycle of events, organized by the Orchestra of Colors, begins tonight in collaboration with the Melina Mercouri Foundation. This is the fourth consecutive year that the orchestra is presenting this series of events. Beginning tonight – and for the following eight Monday evenings – at the welcoming premises of the Melina Mercouri Foundation (9-11 Polygnotou, in Plaka), music will not only accompany, but interpret and shed light on gems of modern Greek literature. The selection of texts – from the 19th century to today – on love and its many facets, include the words of Papadiamantis, Roidis, Koumandareas, Heimonas, Yiatromanolakis, Kavvadias, Karapanou and Valaoritis. «The orchestra insists on loving literature,» said Ioulita Ilioupoulou, artistic director of the series at a recent press conference. «These events turned out to be most successful; above all, they became the pretext for the composition of new musical scores. Our intention is to look for the hidden connections between music and literature.» Once again, the orchestra has commissioned new composers, namely Cornelios Selamsis, Petros Petrakis and Vassilis Kitsos, to write the music, and, therefore, three of the nine musical stories presented this year are original scores. Titled «Eroticon,» tonight’s event is a guide to sexual behavior and is based on works by Giorgis Yiatromanolakis. The Athens State Orchestra performs in aid of Venice’s Orthodox church San Giorgio dei Greci at the Athens Concert Hall on Tuesday, February 5. The Athens Concert Hall is at 1 Kokkali & Vas. Sofias, tel 010.728.2000, www.megaron.gr.