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22.05.05: “Songs of Passion and Love”

The meaning of love in the works of Mikis Theodorakis is the main theme of the two concerts to be performed by the “Mikis Theodorakis” Orchestra on the 22nd and 23rd of May at Herod Atticus Theater, as part of the Athens Festival.

Love in all of its expression. Passion, motherly love, brotherly love, the love for a friend, love as the centre in which our life revolves, from which the whole performance develops and to which it concludes.

Nena Venetsanou, Dimitris Basis, and Lavredis Maheritsas, Sonia Theodoridou and Zachos Terzakis, accompanied by the “Mikis Theodorakis” Popular Orchestra, will take us on a musical journey. The Greek State Radio Choir, under the direction of Antonis Kontogeorgiou, and the Greek State Radio Orchestra, under the direction of Andreas Pylarinos, promise to bring us through a magical journey, which will be under the stage direction of Margarita Theodorakis. A journey through the works of Mikis Theodorakis, which show the importance of Love as the centre of everything and in all of its meanings. A continuous dialogue between music and screen will remind us of the cruelty of love’s struggle to survive in the world today.

As an expression of the multi facetted outlook of Mikis Theodorakis masterpieces, the program will include a wide range of styles and forms: from cycles of popular songs, such as Epitafios, The Song of the Dead Brother, Archipelagos, Diserters and Radar, to lyrical pieces such as Like an Ancient Wind, Ballads, and Mauthausen; from Oratorios, such as Stage of Siege, to Symphonic pieces, such as the Third Symphony, Sinfonietta, Adagio, and Helikon; from Zorbas ballet music to operatic arias from Antigone; From the mother’s lament in Epitafios, to the swan song of Antigone; From the everlasting life-work of Sofoklis to the poetics of Yiannis Ritsos, Manolis Anagnostakis, Iakovos Kambanellis and Dionisis Karatzas.
The performance lasts 2:30 hrs.

Ticket Prices: 90, 75, 54, 38, 28 Euro
Tickets are sold at the Central Box Office (Panepistimiou 39) and at the Herod Atticus Theater. Tel: 210 – 9282900

Performances start at 9:00 pm.

“Mikis Theodorakis” Orchestra

see also: Kathimerini

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