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Classical Greece – the “Cradle of Civilization” June 15, 2006

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Classical Greece – the “Cradle of Civilization”

Follow the footsteps Alexander the Great and Ulysses, begin your trip Athens with stops at one of the best-known sights in the world, the Parthenon atop the Acropolis; as well as the Acropolis Museum, the ancient Agora, the National Archaeological Museum and the Benaki Museum.

From Athens, travelers can journey to ancient Corinth and the Corinth Canal and on to Epidaurus on the sea with its 2,300-year-old perfectly acoustical theatre, and on through scenic small villages and countryside to Mycenae, the first civilization on the mainland.

Delphi, one of Greece’s most inspiring and magical places and site of the prophetic oracle of ancient times, will be visited along with the Sacred Way, Shrine and incredible views from the top of the cliffs down to the azure seas.

Perhaps the most spectacular stop will be in Meteora, where ageless Byzantine Monasteries stand perched high atop huge rocks as though suspended in mid-air. 

Then start your Greek Island cruise in Mykonos and continue on to Patmos, Rhodes, Crete and Santorini before returning for a free day in Athens. If you have more days to spend, then head off to Sparta and Mystra, then visit Monemvassia and Gythion. From Gythion you can visit the famous Diros Caves and enjoy the wonderful beaches around the area.

Greek regulator fines Coke bottler June 15, 2006

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Greek regulator fines Coke bottler 8.7 mln euros

Greece’s competition watchdog imposed an 8.7 million euro ($11 million) fine on Coca-Cola HBC (CCHBC) on Wednesday for failing to comply with competition rules, but the Greek bottler said it would likely appeal, the Reuters reports.

The Greek regulator said it fined CCHBC, the world’s second largest bottler of Coca-Cola products, for failing to respect a 2002 ruling regarding a ban on the exclusive use of its coolers at points of sale.

“The Competition Committee ruled that Coca-Cola HBC did not comply with its obligations”, the Greek watchdog said in a statement. The total fine amounts to 8,662,644 euros and relates to the period from Feb. 1, 2002, to Feb. 16, 2006.

It also said the Greek Coke bottler failed to stop practices that favoured wholesalers and retailers who exclusively sold CCHBC products.

The bottler, in which Coca-Cola Co. holds a 24 percent stake, said it has always complied with the Greek law and would consider appealing against the decision.

“We are evaluating the decision and it is very likely that we will appeal”, CCHBC investor relations chief Melina Androutsopoulou told Reuters.

CCHBC shares were trading 0.6 percent lower at 22.8 euros mid-session, while the broader Greek market was down 0.3 percent.

Music > Bass and diamond songs by Sting June 15, 2006

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Bass and diamond songs by Sting in Athens and Thessaloniki

Composer, singer, actor, activist, Sting is the beloved artist who has written some of the most wonderful songs we love to listen to for more than four decades. In 2004, when he launched his international tour for the promotion of his album “Sacred Love”, Greece was excluded. Two years later, however, he visits some of the cities that were out, such as Athens and Thessaloniki, in the frame of the Broken Music Tour. Sting sings and plays the bass, accompanied by Dominic Miller and Lyle Workman (Beck, Frank Black) in guitar and Abe Laboriel Jr. (Paul McCartney) in drums.

During this new tour, Sting performs masterpieces from the Police era, as well as songs from his solo career.

Support band in Malakasas’ Terravibe (16/6) and Thessaloniki’s Moni Lazariston (17/6) shows are Fiction Plane. Their grunge and lyrical at the same time sound is by Joe Sumner (guitar, vocals and Sting’s son!), Dan Brown (Bass/Keys, Seton Daunt Guitar), and Pete Wilhoit (drums).

Few words about Sting > His real name is Gordon Matthew Sumner. Though stories vary, Sting reportedly got his nickname when a former bandmate spotted him in a bee-like yellow-and-black striped sweater… The other members of The Police were Andy Summers (guitar) and Stewart Copeland (drums).

Sting played bass and sang lead for the 1970’s rock trio The Police. The group broke up in 1984 and Sting quickly became a superstar in his own right, famed for his angular good looks and jazz-tinged pop hits. His first post-Police album, 1985’s The Dream of the Blue Turtles, featured Branford Marsalis and other jazz stars.

Sting’s later albums explored various sub-genres of pop and rock. He became associated with activist groups like Amnesty International, helped to found the Rainforest Foundation, and performed in Bob Geldof’s 1985 Live Aid charity megaconcert. Sting also took up acting, appearing in movies including Dune (1984), Plenty (1985, with Tracey Ullman) and Stormy Monday (1988, with Melanie Griffith). He has written soundtrack tunes for many movies, most famously Leaving Las Vegas (1996).

Three years after Ten Summoner’s Tales, Sting released Mercury Falling in the spring of 1996. Although the album debuted highly, it quickly fell down the charts, stalling at platinum sales and failing to generate a hit single. While the album failed, Sting remained a popular concert attraction, confirming his immense popularity. Brand New Day, which followed in 1999, turned his commercial fortunes around in a big way, and 2003’s Sacred Love did well also.

Dates: 16/06/2006 & 17/06/2006  
Time: doors open at 18:00  
Where: Terra Vibe, Malakasa, Athens & Lazaristes Monastery, Thessaloniki  
Ticket Price: € 64,00 – 100,00 (VIP – only in Athens)  
Extra Info: Buy tickets on line > www.ticketpro.gr

Related Links > http://www.terravibe.gr

Music > Roger Waters unvails the “Dark Side Of The Moon” June 15, 2006

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Roger Waters unvails the “Dark Side Of The Moon” in Terravibe, Malakasa, Greece

For many the “Dark Side Of The Moon” is the soundtrack of their teens. For others this album belongs to the golden list every person who loves rock music should possess. Thus, the announcement of Roger Waters’ live in Terravibe, Malakasa, could be described as the long-awaited wish coming true on Sunday, June 18, when the founder and composer of the holy terrors of progressive rock unvails the Dark Side of the Moon for the very first time in Greece.

Elaborate staging designed by Mark Fisher, including projectors and a full 360 quadrophonic sound system, will be a part of the shows. The performances consist of two sets, the first being a collection of his most well known songs, predominately Pink Floyd work, and the second being Dark Side Of The Moon in its entirety, plus encores.

Dark Side of the Moon > Dark Side of the Moon, the 1973 concept album by Pink Floyd, deals with the issues surrounding a normal person’s life, such as time, money, war, travel, mental illness, and death. It is considered by many fans to be the band’s magnum opus, surpassing even The Wall. It was a landmark in rock music, featuring radio-suitable songs such as “Money”, “Time”, “Us and Them”, and “Brain Damage/Eclipse” that also incorporate ethereal concrete sound techniques.

Some critics use the album as a point of reference between “classic” blues rock and the then-new genre of electronic music. However, the work’s softer touches of lyrical and musical nuance are what make Dark Side stand apart from its peers. All four of the band members participated in the writing and production: David Gilmour, Nick Mason, Roger Waters, and Richard Wright.

Dark Side of the Moon is one of the best-selling albums of all time worldwide, and the 20th-best-selling album in the United States. It peaked at #1 on The Billboard 200 and spent a record total of 741 consecutive weeks (over 14 years) on that list.

Few words about Roger Waters > Pink Floyd was founded by Roger Waters and Syd Barrett in 1966. In 1967 it’s members consisted of Syd Barrett, Roger Waters, Nick Mason, and Rick Wright. Syd Barrett, the band’s lead guitarist, also became the band’s main song writer. However, in 1968, because of mental health problems, Syd Barrett was replaced by David Gilmour.

Thereafter, because of his leadership capabilities, Roger Waters became the bands de-facto leader. For the next few years the music of Pink Floyd was written by all of the band’s members. However, beginning in 1971 and 1972, because of Roger’s extreme creative genius and song writing abilities, he became Pink Floyd’s main song writer and lyricist. Roger Waters wrote a vast majority of all of Pink Floyd’s music and lyrics from 1972, up until the band broke up in 1983!

Dates: 18/06/2006 
Time:  21:30  
Where: Terra Vibe, Malakasa, Greece  http://www.terravibe.gr
Ticket Price: € 64,00 – 100,00 (VIP – only in Athens)  
Extra Info: Buy tickets on line > www.ticketpro.gr

Music > Manos Hadjidakis, 12 years… later June 15, 2006

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Α hommage payed by the Orchestra of Colours

Α concert dedicated to the great Greek composer Manos Hadjidakis is taking place at the Athens Concert Hall, where the Orchestra of the Colours, the offspring of the composer, pays, on June 15 2006, a musical hommage to its founder, entitled “Manos Hadjidakis, Twelve years… later”.

The concert features works by Eric Satie, Benjamin Britten and Manos Hadjidakis. The Orchestra of the Colours is conducted by Loukas Karytinos.

The tribute consists of the folowing parts >

Part I
-Eric Satie: “Gimnopedies, I, III”
-Benjamin Britten: “Concert for violin and orchestra”
-Soloist: Yiorgos Demertzis

Part II
The second part includes songs that Hadjidakis wrote for the theatre.
-Soloist: Tassis Christogiannopoulos, Eftichia Mitritsa.

Manos Hadjidakis first appeared on the Greek musical scene in the late 40’s. His first works include music for the Art Theatre of Karolos Koun. Beginning in 1946, Hadjidakis went on to write the score for a great number of Greek and foreign films including >

“Counterfeit Sovereign” (Yorgos Tzavellas, 1954), “Stella” (Michael Cacoyannis, 1955), “The Rapist” (Nikos Koundouros, 1956), “Madalena” (Dinos Dimopoulos, 1960), “In the Cool of the Day” (Robert Stevens, 1962), “America-America” (Elia Kazan, 1962), “Blue” (Silvio Narizzano, 1967), “Sweet Movie” (Dusan Makavejev, 1974), “Honeymoon” (Yorgos Panousopoulos, 1978), “Memed my Hawk” (Peter Ustinov, 1983), “Quiet Days of August” (Pandelis Voulgaris, 1992), etc. In 1977, he wrote the music for the documentaries “A la Recherche de l’ Atlantide I” and “A la Recherche de l’ Atlantide II” by Jacques Cousteau.

His musical genius was evident from his very first works and soon he became one of Greece’s eminent composers, who together with Mikis Theodorakis are considered the founders of a Contemporary “School” of Greek Music.

The music of Manos Hadjidakis is characterised by his beautiful melodies, wonderful orchestrations and a great sense of perfection. His works include ten cycles of songs, film music (he won an Academy Award for his song “Never on Sunday” in 1961), music for the theatre as well as symphonic music.

His love for “pure beauty”, which he found in the “Rebetica Songs” resulted in two great LP’s based on the Rebetica Songs, “Lilacs on the Dead Earth” and “Cruel April of 1945”. He shook up the conservative musical circles of the post war era with his famous speech on the “Rebetica Songs” which were considered underground till that time.

During the last years of his life he founded a symphony orchestra dedicated to music not usually played by other major symphony orchestras either because of their conservatism or programming considerations to attract a full audience. The orchestra is called “Orchestra of Colors” and is still in existence continuing his legacy.

Dates: 15/06/2006  
Time: 21:00  
Where: Athens Concert Hall, Hall of Friends of Music 
Ticket Price: VIP Zone: € 30,00, Zone A: € 22,00, Zone B: € 15,00, Zone C: € 9,00, € 5,00 (students)

Related Links >

http://www.hadjidakis.gr/

http://www.orchestraofcolours.gr/

From Rationalism to Tendenza > Exhibition June 15, 2006

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Exhibition by Panos Koulermos at the New Benaki Museum

An exhibition dedicated to the work of the Greek-Cypriot architect Panos Koulermos is presented at the New Benaki Museum from June 5 until July 2, 2006.

The presentation is based on the material of his professional archive which was donated after his death to Archivio del Moderno of the Universita della Svizzera Italiana, in Mendrisio. Panos Koulermos lived and worked in England, Greece, U.S.A and Italy.

He was an outstanding figure in the architectural culture of the later twetieth century by the rigour and ethical integrity with which he pursued, throughout his long professional and academic career, research into the interdependence of the quality of structural and spatial form. Anti-organic by definition, all his life he cultivated a deep interest in Italian rationalist architecture and the classical legacy, of which he felt himself part.

The exhibition, was organised by Archivio del Moderno and Accademia di Architettura of Mendrisio, in collaboration with the Hellenic Institute of Architecture. The exhibition was curated by Kenneth Frampton and was first presented in December 2004 in Mendrisio, Switzerland and in September 2005 in Nicosia, Cyprus.

Dates:  05/06/2006 – 02/07/2006 
 
Time:  Mo & Τu: closed, We, Th & Su: 10:00-18:00, Fr & Sa: 10:00-22:00 
 
Where: Benaki Museum, New Building, Athens, Greece 
 
Ticket Price:  Admission is free 
 
Phone Numbers: 210 6912331, 6913943, 3453338

Related Links >

http://www.arch.unisi.ch/ris_ist_archmoderno

http://www.heliarch.gr/

http://www.benaki.gr/

Cultural Events at the Athens Megaron June 15, 2006

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The Athens Megaron Concert Hall’s programme for the next couple of months is stuffed with treats. Opera, classical and modern music, dance and art all rub shoulders at this excellent cultural centre on Vasilissis Sophias Avenue. Nearest Metro station: Megaron Mousikis.
 
For more information about the Athens Megaron Concert Hall’s programme of events visit www.megaron.gr