CULTURE

Concert to benefit Haiti

Earthquake-stricken Haiti evoked memories of the major 1978 earthquake in Thessaloniki to Myron Michailidis, director of the Thessaloniki State Orchestra. The compassion he felt led him to take the initiative and organize a special concert, set to take place tomorrow, in support of the recent earthquake victims to whom all the proceeds of the event will go. All of the orchestra’s musicians responded to the invite, as did maestro Karolos Trikolidis and clarinetist Dionysis Grammenos, the winner of the 2008 Eurovision Young Musicians International Competition, who will be the evening’s soloist. Life & art «Deeply convinced that art is inextricably linked to all aspects of life – even, or rather particularly, the most tragic ones – the Thessaloniki State Orchestra hopes to contribute to the relief efforts for our fellow human beings,» said Michailidis. The evening’s program will feature compositions by Beethoven, Mozart and Schubert. It will open with the introduction of Beethoven’s «Leonore No 3,» will continue with Mozart’s «Clarinet Concerto, K 622» and will end with Schubert’s unfinished symphony. The concert will take place at Aristotle University’s events hall and tickets can be purchased at the Thessaloniki State Orchestra box office (at the Macedonian Studies Society, open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.), at i-Store retailers and at the Aristotelous Square box office (tel 2310.271.116). On the day of the concert, the orchestra’s box office will be transferred to the university’s events hall, where it will be open 7 to 9 p.m. The concert begins at 9 p.m.