CULTURE

Aegina Music Festival kicks off in August

For the second year running, the Aegina Music Festival is taking place this summer under the auspices of the City of Aegina and the direction of pianist Dora Bakopoulou. From August 17 to September 2, classical musicians will perform 11 concerts, with an emphasis on chamber music. All concerts will be held on the beach of Aura, located just in front of the Kolonas archaeological site. The festival begins on August 17 with the Ellemis piano quartet, made up of Stella Tsani on violin, Elena Hounta on piano, Michail Smirnov on viola and Leuki Kolovou on cello interpreting Liszt, Mozart and Schumann. The next day, August 18, music by Rachmaninov, Chopin and Arenski will be played by Polina Leschenko on piano, Christian Poltera on cello and Alissa Margulis on violin. On August 19, Dora Bakopoulou, Angelica Cathariou, Loukas Georgas and Christina Yiannakopoulou perform works by Ravel, Stravinsky and Gyftakis, while on the 22nd a solo recital will be given by Anssi Karttunen on cello with a repertoire of Vitali, Saariaho, Ortiz and Bach. On August 24, music by Schumann and Brahms will be played by Dora Bakopoulou, Alissa Margulis, Lida Chen, Vova Sverdlov and Dimitris Patras, and on the 25th, Faure, Prokofiev and Poulenc will be featured with Spyros Mourikis on clarinet, soprano Maria Gouseti and pianists Marios Kazas and Victoria Kiazimi. The next day works by Haydn, Shostakovish, Massenet and Beethoven will be performed. A week later, on August 31, and again on September 2, the mood of the festival changes with two nights dedicated to «The Magic of Gypsy Music.» September 1 is an «Evening of Opera.» With the performances dedicated to Costas Paschalis, the beloved opera arias of Rossini, Mozart, Verdi, Puccini and Bizet will be sung by soprano Sandra Silvio, mezzo-soprano Angelica Cathariou, tenor Yiannis Christopoulos and baritone Haris Andrianos, who will be accompanied by Dimitris Yiakas on piano. For info: www.aeginamusicfestival.gr.