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Consonances 2017| Musical paths without borders


Monday 6 February - Athens

Onassis Cultural Centre (107, Syngrou avenue) | Upper Stage, 20.30

 

Sunday 12 February - Thessaloniki

State Conservatory of Thessaloniki (15, Fragkon str) | Melina Merkouri Hall, 19.00

 

The Onassis Scholars’ Association organises for the third time in Athens and for the first time in Thessaloniki the “Consonances” music institution. Consonances 2017 includes two concerts with entirely different programmes, which are thematically linked through a musical “trip” without borders. Starting off from a transcendence of life and art, poets and musicians join forces to take us on a journey through time and the histories of cities and people.

 

Athens: Musical wanderings with the poetry of Anna Akhmatova as the starting point

Anna Akhmatova, a personality that inspired people of art on many levels; a woman, the life of whom made history and whose work is still very much alive, inspires and unites the Consonances artistic team. Poetry and life without borders, and three composers coming from different “places” created works based on the word and stories of the Russian poet. Onassis Foundation scholars work side-by-side on a unique programme: The concert starts with the dynamic piano and strings quintet by Dmitri Shostakovich and continues with the six songs by Tavener for soprano and cello, based on poems by Akhmatova, combined with the cello solo serenade by Henze.

The second part of the event will be host to the world premiere of the “Akhmatova Requiem” opera by Haris Vrontos. A septet accompanying soprano Maira Milolidaki and baritone Spyros Klissas, conducted by Zoe Zeniodi, will guide us through this borderless journey to poetry and music.

 

CONTRIBUTORS - ATHENS

Oswald Amiralis – Double bass

Krystallia Gaitanou - Viola

Zoe Zeniodi - Conductor

Alexis Karaiskakis – Cello

Spyros Klissas - Baritone

Angelos Liakakis - Violin

Giorgos Mandylas - Violin

Fedon Miliadis – Violin

Maira Milolidaki – Soprano

Spyros Mourikis - Clarinet

Nefeli Mousoura – Piano

Angeliki Poulimenou – French horn

 

Thessaloniki: From the western music canon of the 19th century to the metamodernism of today

A journey through time and the music history of Thessaloniki, starting with the composers who introduced the city to the western scholarly music and moving on to the representatives of today’s music. Works by composers who were born before 1960, such as Lalas, Riadis, Themelis, Nikitas and Samaras will be performed during the first part of the event; while the second part will comprise works by composers born after 1960, expressing various music trends of the city, such as Lapidakis, Siembis, Papageorgiou, Tsoungras and Hatzileontiadis. Composers who laid the foundations of Greek art and its course, are brought together for a concert that aspires to highlight Greek music from the 19th century until today. The music evening will be prefaced by the President of the State Conservatory of Thessaloniki, Haralambos Lefakis and musicologists Kostas Hardas and Giorgos Athanassopoulos.

 

CONTRIBUTORS - THESSALONIKI

Angeliki Kathariou – Lyric singer

Contratempo – Chamber music ensemble

Vladimiros Symeonidis – Artistic Director for Contratempo

Giorgos Athanassopoulos – Musicologist

Kostas Hardas - Musicologist

 

Admission is free for both events (FCFS)

 

Supported by the Onassis Foundation

Information: 2103713011