CULTURE

Soloists join forces for love songs

Two centuries of love songs will echo through the newly built amphitheater of the Basil and Marina Theocharakis Foundation tonight and tomorrow. Two distinguished Greek artists, Sonia Theodoridou and Yiannis Vakarelis, have prepared a demanding program with compositions ranging from Vivaldi to Mikis Theodorakis. The soloists will also be interpreting works by Brahms, Schubert and Manuel de Falla as well Manos Hadjidakis and Astor Piazzolla. Musical chemistry This is not the first time the soprano and the pianist are joining forces. They describe the quality of their cooperation on stage as a gift from above, adding that the result shows that they identify with each other to a rare extent. The program of works is not chronological but rather shaped so that one piece leads into another, linked by style and intonation. Together, the two artists combine a classic with a more modern repertoire. According to Theodoridou, there is only one music, it just has different forms, adding that since she has the ability and the inclination, she can sing it all. Productive season The Theocharakis Foundation seems to be welcoming in the new year with a very active program of events. Following these evenings of love songs, Britain’s Red Priest, one of the more well-known preclassical music ensembles, is scheduled to perform on January 17 and 18. At the same time, a series of lectures on music and the visual arts is about to commence, accompanied by children’s art workshops. Basil and Marina Theocharakis Foundation, 9 Vas. Sofias & Merlin, Kolonaki, tel 210.361.1206. For further information, visit www.thf.gr.