CULTURE

Rare treats for fans of classical music in the Greek capital

It’s a welcome beginning to the new year: The international Piano Plus Festival brings to Greece leading classical music soloists and teachers, breathing life into cultural venues based on the outskirts of Athens. For a 5-euro entrance fee, the festival offers a rich program, including concerts, music activities, master classes and more. Beginning tomorrow and running to January 17, the festival is honored with the participation of prominent American pianist Robert Satterlee, who is scheduled to appear tomorrow and January 11 in Tavros and Argyroupoli respectively (in Tavros at the Cultural Center, Pireos and Eptalofou; in Argyroupoli at the Mikis Theodorakis Conference Center, 68 Kyprou, City Hall Square). On January 10, Satterlee will give a piano master-class at the Art Sea Academy (152 Kolokotroni, Argyroupoli, for a 30-euro participation fee). For 2010, the festival is inaugurating two major collaborations, namely with the Bowling Green State University (BGSU) of Ohio, as well as the Art Sea Academy in Athens. Also making appearances during the festival are professors and students from the department of music studies of the Ionian University, BGSU students, the Ionian Jazz Quartet as well as the Anoixi (Spring) ensemble, led by maestro Panagiotis Tsouknidas, in two evenings dedicated to old Athens tunes. For more information, visit www.pianoplusfestival.gr.