Classical music on Santorini

Already in its 24th year, the International Music Festival of Santorini opens its doors this Sunday in the island’s capital, Thera. Founded by Athena Capodistria, who is also its artistic director, the festival will take place at the Petros M. Nomikos Conference Center. This year, the festival’s program includes the following concerts: On Sunday, the City of Athens Mixed Choir, under the baton of Stavros Beris, performs works by Monterverdi, Schumann, Saint-Saens, Samaras and Yiannis Constantinidisas as well as Mikis Theodorakis and Manos Hadjidakis. On September 10, German piano soloist Thomas Duis, a winner of notable piano competitions, such as the Maria Callas in Athens and the Arthur Rubinstein in Tel Aviv, will interpret works by Beethoven and Chopin. On September 13, the festival presents a tribute to Maria Callas, marking the 25th anniversary of her death with arias, duets and extracts from works by Mozart, Verdi, Donizetti, Offenbach and Bizet, as interpreted by soprano Vassiliki Karayianni, mezzo-soprano Victoria Maifatova, tenor Yiannis Christopoulos and Dimitras Yakas at the piano. The chamber ensemble Interpreti Veneziani takes the stage on September 15 for an evening of Vivaldi, Geminiani, Tartini and Vitali. On September 17, Spyros Mourikis on clarinet and Athena Capodistria on piano will interpret works by Brahms, Weber, Debussy, Poulenc and Verdi. The festival comes to an end on September 20 with an evening of jazz, featuring Stratos Vougas, George Kontrafouris, Costas Constantinou and Costas Kouvidis. For more information, contact the Santorini Festival offices at 55 Dinocratous, tel 010.724.2373, or in Santorini, tel 02860.23166 and 02860.22622, or visit the website: Civil servants’ discontent