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Ten years of classical creation in the “Noblesse of Cyclades”!

International Music Festival of Cyclades
Syros, the capital of the Cyclades, hosts for the last 10 years the most prestigious classical event of the Aegean. The International Classical Music festival of the Cyclades brings together world renown soloists and ensembles, providing the solid ground for international chamber music creativity and presenting masterclasses and concerts to a wide audience from all over the world, the mission of the festival being to promote the art of classical music.

It has been ten years since the cultural vision of four friends and their love for classical music was streamed towards one of the most beautiful Aegean islands. The International Classical Music Festival of Cyclades (ICMFC) was inaugurated in 2004 in the “Noblesse of the Cyclades”, as the locals call the island of Syros, by Fotis Karayannopoulos, Kostas Fotopoulos, George Foufopoulos and the violinist Yannos Margaziotis, Concertmaster with the Greek National Opera Orchestra and Artistic Director of the festival. During these years, numerous acclaimed soloists and ensembles such as Leonidas Kavakos, Mihaela Martin, Philippe Graffin, Stephan Picard, Per Enoksson, Nobuko Imai, Hariolf Schlichtig, Diemut Poppen, Frans Helmerson, Leonardo Altino, Leo Winland, Marko Ylönen, Nikolas Kavakos, Bruno Weinmeister, Michael Wolf, Thierry Barbé, Spyros Mourikis, Michel Lethiec, Tolga Alpay, Radovan Vlatcovic, Hector Mc Donald, Costas Cotsiolis, Dimitris Sgouros, Janis Vakarelis, Claire Désert, Katrine Gislinge, Simone Leitao, Vassiliki Karayanni, Irene Karayanni, Elena Kelessidi, Dimitris Platanias, Christophe Delporte, Royal Danish Orchestra, Swedish Musica Vitae Orchestra, National Opera of Greece, Athens Camerata – the Friends of Music Orchestra, Michelangelo string quartet, New Hellenic quartet, Storioni trio, Artis piano trio, Camerata Smyrna wind quintet have performed at the Festival.

In August 2014 the ICMFC celebrates its 10th anniversary and the 150 years from the inauguration of Apollo Theatre of Hermoupolis, with an Opera Gala performed by the Camerata of the Royal Danish Orchestra (Det Kongelige Kapel), in collaboration with leading Greek soprano of the Greek National Opera, Vassiliki Karayanni.

The Royal Danish Orchestra is the world’s oldest orchestra, dating back to 1448 to when it served King Christian I as the Royal Court Trumpet Corps. Many great conductors and composers have over the years worked with the Royal Danish Orchestra, among others Richard Strauss, Igor Stravinsky, Leonard Bernstein, Sergiu Celibidache and Daniel Barenboim. The orchestra is famed in particular for its string timbre and enjoys privileged access to an exclusive collection of stringed instruments by the great Italian masters. Today, the orchestra performs symphonic concerts and accompanies opera and ballet performances at the Royal Danish Theatre. The orchestra has conducted numerous concert tours, performing at the Wiener Musikverein and New York’s Lincoln Center Festival, among other places.

The festival opens with a homage concert to the Greek composer, Manos Hatzidakis, given by the Athens Mandolinata quintet in collaboration with singer Ioanna Forti.

As every year, this year’s festival features distinguished artists such as the artistic director and conductor of the Athens State Orchestra, Stefanos Tsialis, the artistic director of the Sinfonia Piraeus and the Saronic islands Festival, conductor Nikos Haliassas, the pianist and artistic director of the “Around the Piano” festival, Alexandra Nomidou, the concertmaster of the Daejeon Philharmonic Orchestra, Korean violinists Paul Kim and Min Jung Kim, as well as violinist Yiannos Margaziotis, concertmaster of the National Greek Opera Orchestra and artistic director of the International Classical Music Festival of Cyclades, the leading Greek mezzo Irene Karayanni and counter tenor Nikos Spanatis, the pianist Karolos Zouganelis, professor at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, Murat Ozulgen, principal oboist with the Izmir Symphony Orchestra, and Magda Mavroyanni, Greek actress and play writer.

All of the events will be held in the Apollo Theatre of Syros, an architectural masterpiece of the 19th century, which is placed in the centre of the capital town of Syros, Hermoupoulis, and is a miniature replica of La Scala di Milan.

Reviving the european musical tradition of the 19th century in the city of Hermoupolis, the Festival offers a unique experience for classical music lovers. Alongside, it is an excellent option for those wishing to combine their sea-and-sun holidays in the Cyclades with a classical music event of excellence.

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Programme 2014
9 August I 12 August I 13 August I 14 August I 16 August I 17 August

Saturday 9 August, at 21:00
“Hatzidakis was fond of Vivaldi”

Athens Quintet “D. Dounis”
Giorgos Goumenakis, Mihalis Sidiropoulos, Raffaele la Ragione, mandolins
Giannis Goumenakis, mandola
Giorgos Theodoropoulos, mandocello
Vassiliki Leondaris, guitar
Ioanna Forti, soprano


ANTONIO VIVALDI: Concerto in Do maggiore RV 425
WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART: Zufriedenheit | An die Zither
ANTONIO VIVALDI: Concerto in Re maggiore RV 93
RAFFAELE CALACE: Bolero | Tarantella
NINO ROTA: Canzone arrabbiata AMEDEO AMADEI: Mattinata

Tuesday 12 August, at 21:00
«Opera mix»
Arias from CARMEN, THAIS, THE TALES OF HOFFMANN, LA SONNANBULA, LUCIA di LAMMERMOOR, IL BARBIERE di SIVIGLIA & THE MAGIC FLUTE, as well as opera overtures, in an original orchestration by Theodor Lebessis.

Royal Danish Orchestra ensemble
Soloist: Vassiliki Karayanni, soprano
Conductor: Stefanos Tsialis

Wednesday 13 August, at 21:00
«Sous le ciel de Paris» … beloved French classics!

Irini Karayanni, mezzo soprano
Nikos Spanatis, counter tenor
Karolos Zouganelis, piano


JACQUES OFFENBACH:Barcarolle from “The Tales of Hoffmann” | Amours divins, “La Belle Hélène”
REYNALDO HAHN: Rêverie (Victor Hugo) | Si mes vers avaient des ailes (Victor Hugo)
GABRIEL FAURÉ: Claire de lune (Paul Verlaine) | En sourdine (Paul Verlaine) | Fleur jetée (Armand Silvestre) | Le papillon et la fleur (Victor Hugo)
KURT WEILL: Je ne t’aime pas …(Maurice Magre)
GEORGES BIZET: Habanera Carmen
MAURICE RAVEL: Cinq mélodies populaires grecques
FRANCIS POULENC: Priez pour paix (Charles D’Orléans)
GABRIEL FAURÉ: Après un rêve (Romain Bussine)
ERIK SATIE: Tendrement (Vincent Hyspa)
JULES MASSENET: Nuit d’Espagne (Louis Gallet) | Élegie (Louis Gallet)
FRANCIS POULENC: Les chemins de l’amour (Jean Anouilh)
HUBERT GIRAUD: Sous le ciel de Paris (Jean Dréjac)

Thursday 14 August, at 21:00«Opera mix»
Arias from CARMEN, THAIS, THE TALES OF HOFFMANN, LA SONNANBULA, LUCIA di LAMMERMOOR, IL BARBIERE di SIVIGLIA & THE MAGIC FLUTE, as well as opera overtures, in an original orchestration by Theodor Lebessis.

Royal Danish Orchestra ensemble
Soloist: Vassiliki Karayanni, soprano
Conductor: Nikos Haliassas

Saturday 16 August, at 21:00
«Diamonds Are Forever» … of the chamber music repertory!

Royal Danish Orchestra ensemble

Yannos Margaziotis, violin
Paul Kim, violin
Min Jung Kim, violin
Elias Sdoukos, viola
Nikolas Prevezianos, cello

Sunday 17 August, at 21:00
“The Tale of Scheherazade”. Once upon a time in a land far away…

Magda Mavroyanni, concept & texts, narration
Yannos Margaziotis, violin
Alexandra Nomidou, piano


ISAAC ALBENIZ: Suite Espagnole “Aragon”
MANUEL PONCE: Estrellita
PABLO de SARASATE: Romanza Andaluza
ERNESTO LECUONA: Yo te quiero siempre
JACOB GADE: Tango Jalousie
CLAUDE DEBUSSY: La fille aux cheveux de lin


Stage manager: Lena Chatzigrigoriou

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