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Athens Megaron’s autumn treats October 14, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Arts Events Greece, Arts Exhibitions Greece, Arts Museums, Ballet Dance Opera, Music Life Classical, Music Life Greek.
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The Athens Concert Hall’s diverse programme covers a wide gamut of tastes inmusic, art and even astronomy

From classical music treats and the 4th Balkan Dance Platform to Chinese acrobatics and a Viennese art exhibition, the Megaron Mousikis’ diverse programme has many surprises in store in the next four months.

As part of the Megaron’s “Great Interpreters” series, Christopher Hogwood, honorary director of the Academy of Old Music, will conduct the local Camerata Orchestra at Nicholas Kynaston’s recital of Haydn and Beethoven works (October 21). Visiting soloists will include pianist Oleg Maisenberg (November 10) and Alfred Brendel (November 30), the first pianist to record Beethoven’s entire piano oeuvre. Koln’s WDR Symphony Orchestra (October 6), under the baton of Semyon Bychkov, and the Royal Stockholm Philhar-monic (December 17-18), which participates every year in the Nobel Prize awards ceremony, have also been booked to appear in the series.

Opera will be represented by Eike Gramss’ joint production (October 23, 25, 27 and 29) of two works: Alexander Zemlinsky’s 1922 one-act opera The Dwarf, based on Oscar Wilde’s sardonic tale The Birthday of Infanta, and Arnold Schoenberg’s 1909 dramatic soprano solo Expectation, starring Marlis Petersen and Inga Nielsen, respectively.

Apart from the much-anticipated 4th Balkan Dance Platform (October 11-13), a biennial event which has already featured in Sofia (2001), Bucharest (2003) and Skopje (2005) before reaching Athens, the Megaron’s dance tribute will host the world premiere of Jan Fabre’s I Am a Mistake (November 28), a multi-disciplinary production combining dance, film, live music and text performed by Fabre’s Troubeyn company.

As part of the Megaron’s popular “Bridges” series, Greek music treats include a celebration of singer and songwriter Antonis Kaloyannis’ 40-year career (October 4), which began when Mikis Theodorakis invited the young singer to appear next to Maria Farantouri in a tour of the former USSR.

Megaron’s Christmas agenda mainly caters to families and consists of two events: a musical theatre production about two children on a mission to return to people their lost dreams, which is set to the music of Thanos Mikroutsikos and choreographed by his daughter Cecile (December 20-23 and December 25-30), and the Spectacular Acrobatics shows by China’s National Acrobatic troupe, which will also be featured in the opening ceremony of the 2008 Olympics.

The Megaron Mousikis will also hold a charity event on September 24, highlighting violin virtuoso Leonidas Kavakos. All proceeds will go to aid the victims of the deadly fires that have recently ravaged the country.

Megaron Plus, the concert hall’s state-supported, non-music cultural programme, will cast the spotlight on literature, architecture and science-related events.

Visiting writers include Platform author Michel Houellebecq (October 25) and Japan’s Jung Chang (November 30). Local poets Kiki Dimoula and Dinos Christianopoulos will present their work on October 29 and November 2, respectively. In addition, a symposium on 1930s generation novelist Angelos Terzakis is planned for November 23.

Lined up on the architecture front are lectures by New Acropolis Museum architect Bernard Tschumi (October 10) and Pritzker Prize holder Thom Mayne (December 4).

A parallel exhibition of Gustav Klimt’s, Egon Schiele’s and Oskar Kokoschka’s works (October 23-December 30) will bring to Athens 70 paintings, most of which are from Vienna’s Leopold Museum, including Schiele’s Dead Mother and Kokoschka’s Self-Portrait. In addition, the directors of three French and three Greek Museums will participate in a round-table discussion, “Museums in the 20th Century” (December 3).

Spreading its wide-ranging gamut of interests into the realm of astronomy, Megaron Plus will host an anniversary event commemo-rating the launching of the Sputnik I satellite 50 years ago (October 5), in collaboration with the Eugenides Foundation. Paris Planetarium astrophysicist Jean-Pierre Luminet will also give a lecture entitled “Limits and Mysteries of the Universe” (October 9).

Related Links > www.megaron.gr

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