Great pianist honored with Rachmaninoff

he Athens Concert Hall is hosting a concert in memory of Gina Bachauer on the 30th anniversary of the celebrated pianist’s death. Organized by the Gina Bachauer Association (at the Friends of Music Hall on November 6 at 8.30 p.m.), the concert is also a celebration for all aspiring pianists who have been inspired by the great virtuoso. The program consists of works by Sergei Rachmaninoff, one of Bachauer’s most influential teachers. Performed by the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra of Bucharest and conducted by Christian Mandeal, the program will begin with «Vocalise,» opus 43, followed by the composer’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 2 in C minor and symphony No 2 in E minor. Soloist Aris Garoufalis, founder of the Gina Bachauer Association, will perform on the piano. The former princess Irene of Greece will also honor Bachauer, her former piano teacher, by attending the performance, while all proceeds from the event will go to a scholarship fund for young pianists. The Gina Bachauer Association was founded in 1979 and since 1980 has endowed over 30 scholarships to young artists. Tickets for the performance are already on sale at the Athens Concert Hall box office and are priced from 19 euros to 70 euros for the distinguished zones, with a special ticket of 11 euros available for students. The concert is sponsored by HSBC Bank, Titan Cement and the Pavlos and Alexandra Kanellopoulou Foundation. Athens Concert Hall, 1 Kokkali & Vassilissis Sofias. For information, tel 210.728.2000 and 210.724.4251.

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