CULTURE

Haris Alexiou opts for rare live shows

Haris Alexiou has made up her mind. «I have decided to make rare live appearances and dedicate myself to my work,» she recently told a group of journalists gathered at a press conference, in view of five concerts she will be giving at the Athens Concert Hall (1 Kokkali & Vas. Sofias, tel 210.728.2333). Tickets for the upcoming performances (February 26, 27, 28 and March 2 and 3) are already sold out. Great honor «I went through the phase of singing at live music clubs; I’ve had my fair share and have nothing more to gain from this kind of wear,» she said, adding that the Athens Concert Hall appearances come as a special compliment. «It is a great honor because those in charge at the Athens Concert Hall asked me to give a series of concerts based exclusively on my repertoire.» Directed by Panos Papadopoulos, the concerts are part of the Athens Concert Hall’s special guest appearances. In «Haris Alexiou… Dreams, Memory in Song,» the prominent vocalist will present a panoramic musical journey spanning her entire career, ranging from «Mikra Asia» (Asia Minor) to «Vyssino kai Nerantzi» (Sour Cherry and Sour Orange). The Athens Concert Hall’s Friends of Music Hall will welcome well-known tunes written by remarkable Greek composers including Vassilis Tsitsanis, Manos Hadjidakis, Mikis Theodorakis, Mimis Kouyioumtzis, Manos Loizos and Giorgos Zambetas, among others, as well as Alexiou’s very own «Panselinos» (Full Moon). Alexandre Myrat will conduct the Patras Orchestra in the first four concerts. The final concert on March 3 will be under the baton of Anastassios Symeonidis.