Concerts

Ambassadors in Concert
Onassis Cultural Centre |


The Ambassadors of Australia, Austria, Canada, Estonia, Great Britain, Hungary, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, Slovakia and Switzerland offer their musical skills by performing works of Vivaldi, Schubert, Rossini and Manos Hatzidakis. Together with them, acclaimed musicians and world-class singers such as Sophia Kianidou, Irini Karaianni, Christina Poulitsi, Nikos Xanthoulis, and others are taking part. Composer Dimitris Arapis will present one of his new works.

The lighting design is generously offered by internationally acclaimed and Emmy award-winner for the 2004 Olympic Games, Eleftheria Deko.
The concert’s artistic director and coordinator is Nikos Tsaousis, artist of the Greek National Opera.

The whole proceeds from the event will support the SOS Children’s Villages educational programmes provided throughout Greece. PROGRAMME

Part 1
(approx. 1 hour)

• Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741): Concerto op. 8 no 1, 3rd movement (Allegro), “Spring” from Four Seasons
Violin: Ambassador of Japan Mr. Masuo Nishibayashi
Piano: Mrs. Kikuko Nishibayashi

• Carl Maria von Weber (1786-1826): Concerto no 1 for Clarinet, rondo
Clarinet: Mrs. Carole Hecker-Biever
Piano: Mrs. Evgenia Votanopoulou

• Franz Schubert (1797-1828) / Franz Liszt (1811-1886): “Serenada”, adaptation by Stanislaw Szpinalski
Piano: Ambassador of Austria Mrs. Melitta Schubert

• Franz Schubert: “An die Musik”
Piano: Ambassador of Austria Mrs. Melitta Schubert
Soprano: Mrs. Sofia Kianidou

• Traditional folk songs from Slovakia:
1. Na kraji Očovej
2. Hej, Poľana, Poľana
Fujara (traditional folk Slovak instrument): Ambassador of Slovakia Mr. Peter Michalko

• Claude Debussy (1862-1918): Petite suite, “En bateau”
Violin: Ambassador of Japan Mr. Masuo Nishibayashi
Piano: Mrs. Kikuko Nishibayashi

• Poem by John Streeter Manifold (1915-1985): “The Tomb of Lt John Learmonth, A.I.F.”
Reading: Ambassador of Australia Mr. John Griffin
Lyre: Mr. Nikos Xanthoulis

• Dimitris Arapis: “Swing of Life”
Piano: Mr. Dimitris Arapis

Part 2
(approx. 40 minutes)

• Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848): “Quel guardo il cavaliere”, Aria of Norina from Don Pasquale
Soprano: Mrs. Christina Poulitsi
Piano: Mr. Dimitris Yakas

• Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868): “Una voce poco fa”, Aria di Rosina from Il barbiere di Siviglia
Mezzo Soprano: Mrs. Irini Karaianni
Piano: Mr. Dimitris Yakas

• Luigi Arditi (1822-1903): waltz “Il Bacio”
Soprano: Mrs. Christina Poulitsi
Piano: Mr. Dimitris Yakas

• Jacques Offenbach (1819-1880): “Vois sous l’archet”, Aria di Nicklausse from Les contes d’Hoffmann

• Three poems by Yorgos Sarandaris (1908-1941):
1. Once the sea…
2. Epic
3. The short time of the birds
Reading: Ambassador Mr. Dimitrios Zevelakis, Chief of Protocol of the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Lyre: Mr. Nikos Xanthoulis

• 3 songs of Love & Thanks by Richard Strauss (1894–1949):
1. Allerseelen
2. Traum durch die Dämmerung
3. Zueignung
Soprano: Mrs. Sofia Kianidou
Piano: Mr. Dimitris Yakas

• Finale
a) Consuelo Velázquez (1916-2005): “Bésame Mucho”
Song: Ambassador of Mexico Mr. Ricardo Tarcisio Navarrete Montes de Oca & Mrs. Rosa Cappon Poulimenou
Guitar: Mr. Herman Mayr
Saxophone: Mr. Tomas Musialofski

b) Manos Hatzidakis (1925-1994): “Athina”, lyrics by Nikos Gatsos
Aldonis Kalnins (b. 1928): “Vivat Musica”

Ambassador’s choir

Female voices: Ambassador of Hungary Mrs. Eszter Sandorfi, Mrs. Carole Hecker-Biever, Mrs. Christiane Amberg Perros, Mrs. Tiina Väljaste, Mrs. Rita Zemdega, Mrs. Rosa Cappon Poulimenou

Male voices: Ambassador of U.K. Mr. John Kittmer, Ambassador of Switzerland Mr. Lorenzo Amberg, Ambassador of Mexico Mr. Ricardo Tarcisio Navarrete Montes de Oca, Mr. David Bates, Mr. Nikos Tsaousis, Mr. Alexandros Kokkosis

Conductor: Mr. Agathaggelos Georgakatos
Piano: Mr. Dimitris Yakas

ONASSIS CULTURAL CENTRE

107-109 Syngrou Avenue, 11745 Athens, Greece
Information/Tickets: 210 900 5 800,
Administration: 213 0 178000

Email: info@sgt.gr

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