Athens Concert Hall activity

An up-and-coming musician ushers in the New Year at the Athens Concert Hall today. Yossif Ivanov, the 19-year-old Belgian violin player, will interpret works by Mozart, Schubert, D’Haene and Prokofiev, accompanied by American David Blumenthal on the piano. At this tender age, Ivanov is a child prodigy who earned the Rising Star title for the 2005-2006 season by the Brussels Philharmonic company. Kounadis tribute A tribute to composer, pianist and conductor Argyris Kounadis (b. Istanbul, 1924) will take place on Friday at the Dimitris Mitropoulos Hall. The concert, part of the efforts by the Athens Concert Hall to promote the work of prominent, contemporary Greek composers, is jointly produced by the Megaron and the Orchestra of Colors. On the program is a selection of signature Kounadis works ranging from setting to music poetry, chamber music and choral parts from «The Bacchae.» Also participating in the Kounadis musical portrait is the Emmeleia vocal ensemble. The Orchestra of Colors will be conducted by Miltos Logiadis. On January 15, celebrated pianist Peter Nagy will underline the influence of Hungary’s folk music and Eastern Europe in general, in the works of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Liszt and Brahms. The recital is scheduled to begin at the Dimitris Mitropoulos Hall at 11.30 a.m. The following day it’s Marina Krilovic’s turn to go on stage. The renowned soprano of Greek descent – she was born in Romania – has built a solid career both in Greece and abroad, including appearances in leading opera houses around the world (the Metropolitan Opera in New York and London’s Covent Garden, among others). Joining Krilovic at the Athens Concert Hall are Marilena Dori on the flute, Claire Demeulenaere on the cello and Dimitris Giakas on the piano. An award-winning and highly active artist, Krilovic has had Greece as her base ever since she settled in the country in 1979 and became a permanent member of Greece’s National Opera. Athens Concert Hall, 1 Kokkali & Vas. Sofias, tel 210.728.2333.

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