Distinguished orchestra set to perform at the Herod Atticus

Under the baton of world distinguished maestro Yuri Temirkanov, the St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra will shine in a concert for a good cause. The orchestra, accompanied by Greek pianist Dimitris Sgouros, will perform at the Herod Atticus Theater next week, on Thursday, June 7. Proceeds from the concert will go to the Elpida Friends Association for Children with Cancer toward the construction of the first children’s oncology hospital in Greece. «Our cooperation with Elpida was inevitable,» said Giorgos Loukos, the artistic director of the Hellenic Festival, at a recent press conference. Loukos also spoke about the educational and social program that the festival has embarked upon – providing tickets to the Epidaurus Festival to students in Athens and Argolida as well as donating commemorative catalogs to school libraries all over the country, and holding performances in prisons. Dimitris Sgouros, who this year celebrates the 30th anniversary of his international career, has dedicated the concert to Elpida president Marianna Vardinoyianni as well as to the late great cellist Mstislav Rostropovich, who was his mentor as a child. The concert program will solely consist of works by Tchaikovsky, namely the Russian composer’s Piano Concerto No 1 in B Flat Minor and his Symphony No 5 in E Minor, Opus 64. Tickets are available for purchase at the Elpida offices (10 Pindarou, Kolonaki, tel 210.775.7153) and at the Hellenic Festival box office (39 Panepistimiou, tel 210.928.2900). Ticket prices range from 30 to 250 euros, depending on seating.

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