New Aegina festival to start

A new festival of classical music is about to be launched, as an old dream of pianist Dora Bakopoulou’s turns to reality. The first International Festival of Aegina, under Bakopoulou’s artistic direction, will start this Friday and will run to September 9 at Aegina’s Avra beach, next to the Kolona archaeological site. Small ensembles featuring internationally acclaimed artists will join forces in an effort to promote the dialogue between musicians of different generations and nationalities. On Friday, vocalist Angeliki Kathariou and pianist Dionysis Mallouchos will interpret works by Francesco Paolo Tosti, Manuel de Falla, Francis Poulenc, Kurt Weill and others, while on Saturday Bakopoulou, clarinetist Spyros Mourikis, violinist Alissia Margoulis, viola player Lyda Chen and cellist Dimitris Patras will play works by Mozart, Mahler, Debussy and Schubert. Oboe player Vangelis Christopoulos and pianist Natalia Michailidou will present a program of works by Mozart, Chopin, Isaac Albeniz, Schumann, Ravel and others on September 1. The next day, pianist David Lively and cellist Anssi Karttunen will play works by Liszt, Wagner and others. The festival will end on September 9, with the New Hellenic Quartet interpreting compositions by Theodorakis, Mozart and Beethoven.

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