Classical music sweeps Syros

Celebrating its fifth birthday, the International Music Festival of the Cyclades is also inaugurating a new venue, the Kyveli Institute in the capital of Syros, Ermoupoli, which aims to serve as a forum for the study and dissemination of pre-classical music. The festival opens tomorrow with a concert by Dutch chamber music ensemble Storioni Trio. Bart van de Roer (piano), Wouter Vossen (violin) and Marc Vossen (cello), together with guest musicians Yannos Margaziotis (violin) and Sune Ranmo (viola) will perform pieces by Haydn, Shostakovich and Dvorak. Soloists from the Royal Danish Orchestra, with Sotiris Louizos on piano and soprano Ida Falk Winland, will follow on Friday with a concert of opera extracts, while opera continues on Saturday with Helena Kelessidi (soprano), Dimitris Platanias (baritone) and Manolis Papasifakis (piano) presenting popular repertory arias and on Sunday with the Melisma Ensemble and Eleny Giavridi in arias by Handel. One of the highlights of the event is a concert/narrative on August 25 and 26 featuring an international ensemble in a production of Camille Saint-Saens’s comical «Carnival of the Animals,» created by artist Alekos Fassianos. Curtains come down on August 28 with the New Hellenic Quartet in works by Mozart, Ernest Chausson and Simos Papanas. Tickets are available at the Apollo Theater in Ermoupoli (tel 22810.85192-3) and there is a special buy-six-get-two-free deal.