CULTURE

‘Atrium Nights’ at the Megaron

Happening for the third year in a row, the program organized by the Athens Concert Hall (Megaron) at its Atrium of the Muses is aimed at foreign visitors in Athens but also anybody who wants to listen to good Greek music. The series of Greek concerts was first launched in the summer of 2004, but the public’s warm reception soon turned it into an institution. The atrium, a venue which in the evenings maintains the freshness reflected by the Eleftherias Park nearby, is in the concert hall’s new wing. This year’s events will take place August 31 to September 22 and tickets will cost 20 euros. The program is backed by the Tourism Development Ministry and at the recent press conference Minister Fanni Palli-Petralia pointed out the personal contribution of the Megaron’s president Christos Lambrakis, but also what the concert hall has offered to modern Greek culture. «Atrium Nights,» organized this year by Anna Dalara, will include concerts with Loudovikos ton Anogeion on August 31 and September 1; Lavrentis Machairitsas, Kitrina Podilata and Antonis Mitzelos on September 4 and 5; Pantelis Thalassinos along with Anastassia Moutsatsou and the Magenta ensemble on September 7 and 8; Stamatis Kraounakis and the Speira Speira group on September 11 and 12; Manolis Famellos on September 13 and 14 and finally Alkinoos Ioannidis with Miltiadis Papastamou on September 21 and 22. As Dalara explained, the events will highlight the variety and quality of contemporary Greek music in a venue which is ideal for outdoor concerts. Athens Concert Hall, 1 Kokkali & Vas. Sofias, tel 210.728.2333.