CULTURE

Works by Mikis Theodorakis to get symphonic treatment at Herod Atticus

Prominent Greek bass Dimitris Kavrakos is set to deliver his own interpretation of works by Mikis Theodorakis. The event is scheduled to take place at the Herod Atticus Theater on September 10. «Symphonic Mikis Theodorakis» is a large-scale production featuring 300 people collaborating on stage. These include the National Symphony Orchestra of ERT, under the baton of Loukas Karytinos, piano soloist Tatiana Papageorgiou and no fewer than four choirs. Among other works, Kavrakos will interpret Theodorakis’s «Epiphania Averoff,» based on poems by Giorgos Seferis. The opera soloist will also take part in excerpts from the composer’s «Zorba» ballet. The evening’s real excitement, however, will be the interpretation of Theodorakis’s songs following their orchestration for bass and symphony orchestra – works that will be presented in this form for the very first time. «I’m thrilled by my collaboration with Mikis Theodorakis, whom I have respected and admired ever since I was a kid and a member of the choir in Trikala, which is where I come from,» noted Kavrakos. «I consider him one of the most important composers, not only in Greece, but on the international music scene too.»