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Athens Concert Hall’s upcoming highlights July 6, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Arts Events Greece.
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Taking into consideration audience feedback, the new programme spans a widegamut of interests

Classical music still being its focus, the Athens Concert Hall, currently in its 17th year of operation, is widening its scope. This year’s diverse programme includes a little bit of everything, from performances by the 4th Platform of Balkan Dance and Chinese acrobatics to a Viennese art show featuring works by Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele and Oskar Kokoschka. The 2007-8 agenda of events, presented last May, has been fashioned taking into consideration audience feedback.

The Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, December 17-18, the London Symphony Orchestra, January 10-11 and the Camerata Salzburg, February 20-21 have been booked to appear in the Megaron’s “Great Orchestras” series.

“The Great Interpreters” series spotlights soloists like pianist Oleg Maisenberg, November 10, pianist Alfred Brendel, November 30, and cellist Han-Na Chang, February 9, as well as conductors. Christopher Hogwood will conduct the local Camerata orchestra at Nicholas Kynaston’s recital, October 21, of Haydn and Beethoven works.

Opera will be represented by Eike Gramss’ joint production, October 23, 25, 27 and 29, of two works: Alexander von Zemlinsky’s 1922 one-act opera The Dwarf, based on Oscar Wilde’s sardonic tale The Birthday of the Infanta, and Arnold Schoenberg’s 1909 opera Expectation, starring Marlis Petersen and Inga Nielsen, respectively. Agni Baltsa will play the lead role in the Vienna State Opera’s production of Rossini’s 1813 comic opera The Italian Girl in Algiers, March 14, 17, 19 and 21.

On November 28 the Megaron’s Skalkottas Hall, mainly a modern dance venue, will host the world premiere of Jan Fabre’s I Am a Mistake. A work on smoking, as indicated by the subtitle, I Am Loyal to the Pleasure That is Trying to Kill Me, is a multi-disciplinary performance, which will travel to Brussels, Amsterdam, Paris and Vienna this year. It combines dance, film, live music and text.

Other dance events include the 4th Platform of Balkan Dance, October 11-13, two evenings of Balanchine, Neumeier and Petipa works performed by French dancers to piano accompaniment, April 13-14, and performances by the Netherlands Dance Theatre, March 27-30.

Part of the Megaron’s popular “Bridges” series, Greek music treats include a celebration of singer and songwriter Antonis Kaloyannis’ 40 years in music, October 15, a tribute to rebetika songs with George Dalaras, February 14-19, and a showcase of works by composer Nikos Kypourgos, May 16.

The same series, which also features a concert by the Jazz Upstairs Big Band, March 4, brings Berlin to Athens via concerts, screenings, photography exhibitions and educational programmes. Musical theatre performances set to Thanos Mikroutsikos’ music and choreographed by his daughter Cecile, December 20-30, as well as performances by the China National Acrobatic troupe, December 19-30, make up the Megaron’s Christmas agenda, which mainly caters to families.

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

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