Two stars of international ballet, Alina Cojocaru (Covent Garden) and Alina Somova (Mariinsky Ballet) will perform the role of Giselle in the masterpiece of the same name, partnered by Johan Kobborg and David Makhateli (principal dancers at Covent Garden) at Megaron Mousikis inAthens, Greece.
Famous actress Charlotte Rampling and Greek-French actor Polydoros Voyatzis will present the literary encounter between Constantine Cavafy and Marguerite Yourcenar on 11 November at the Megaron-Athens Concert Hall. This unique presentation will be accompanied by Varvara Gyra on guitar. The special atmosphere of the performance is created by the powerful presentation and recitation of the better known and beloved works of these two great literati.
With 17 Grammy awards, two Grammy Hall of Fame Awards and nine Downbeat Readers and Critics Poll Awards, the historic orchestra that bears the name of jazz legend Count Basie is coming to the Megaron-Athens Concert Hall on 2 November for a concert under the direction of Dennis Mackrel and featuring leading musicians.
Mischa Maisky, the famous cello virtuoso from Latvia, will be appearing on 14 October at the Megaron Athens Concert Hall to play works by Beethoven, Schumann, Debussy, Granados, Albéniz, de Falla and others. Accompanying him on piano will be his daughter, Lily Maisky. An internationally recognised cellist, Maisky is the only cellist in the world to have studied under two legends: Mstislav Rostropovich and Gregor Piatigorsky.
The famous Gzhel Dance Theatre of Moscow will present two unique performances on 16 and 17 October at the Megaron-Athens Concert Hall, dedicated to the 2,500th anniversary of the Battle of Marathonas. Under the direction of founder, artistic director and famous choreographer Vladimir Zakharov, more than 40 talented dancers with about 1,000 opulent and authentic costumes
Leading Spanish flamenco dancer Joaquin Grilo will be appearing at the Megaron-Athens Concert Hall on 17 October. A long-time collaborator of de Lucia, the amazing flamenco performer choreographs and dances in a premier of work by Greek composer Christos Tzifakis, Flamenco Alchemy, as orchestrated by Michalis Travlos.
Daniela Dessi and Fabio Armiliato are taking part in an evening of opera dedicated to Giacomo Puccini at the "Megaron" Athens Concert Hall on 19 May. Italian diva Dessi has been described as the most accomplished singer of Puccini's work, while Armiliato is among the most important tenors of the last decade. The Orchestra of Colours accompanying the artists will be conducted by Marko Boemi.
World-famous tenor Jose Cura will be in Athens, Greece for a special evening on 17 April at the "Megaron" Athens Concert Hall. JoseCura is known to classical music lovers for his innovative interpretation of leading operatic roles, such as Othello and Sampson from the works of the same name. He is the first artist to sing and conduct the orchestra simultaneously and the first to combine song and symphonic works at concerts in the form of "half and half."
Following last year's successful all-day event, Great Night of Jazz, this year an evening will be dedicated to Latin-jazz. "A Night in Havana" is a tribute to Cuban music and begins at 8 pm on 17 April at the "Megaron" Athens Concert Hall with concerts by artists in the field, film showings, photo exhibits, dancing and various events which will finish up in the early morning hours on Sunday.
As unbelievable as it may seem, the music of British legends Pink Floyd will be heard 12-14 April at the "Megaron" Athens Concert Hall. The unique Pink Floyd sound will come alive on the "Alexandra Trianti" stage through the famed dancers of the Teatro alla Scala Ballet, featuring special scenery and amazing lighting effects. Roland Petit provides the explosive choreography set to the music of the legendary Pink Floyd.
Twelve dancers and eight musicians of the Mevlevi Whirling Dervishes, the oldest Dervish regiment, are coming to Athens, Greece for an evening of mysticism on 27 March at the "Megaron" Athens Concert Hall. The Dervishes, an authentic expression of Islamic mysticism through a centuries-old dance ritual, seek to purify the human soul. Through the dance, they transmit their experience of ecstasy. Don't miss this compelling performance at the "Megaron" Athens Concert Hall.
Bassist Miroslav Vitous, one of the founders of Weather Report, one of the best known modern jazz groups, will be appearing live at the "Megaron" Athens Concert Hall on 28 March. Vitous has made a significant contribution to shaping the group's profile with his free compositions and high-level improvisation, where instruments enjoy equal treatment and participation. During this period of time, some of Vitous' executions have been described as phenomena in the history of jazz.
The creation of maestro Ivan Fischer, the exceptional Budapest Festival Orchestra will once again captivate audiences at the "Megaron" Athens Concert Hall on 22 and 23 March with a programme that will feature Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony nos. 4, 6, 7 and 9. The strong partnership between Fischer and the orchestra has resulted in its exemplary function.
The contemporary dance ensemble Cedar Lake is coming from New York to conquer the Athens public on 17,18 and 19 March at the "Megaron" Athens Concert Hall. Cedar Lake is an exceptional dance company based in New York. Its artistic vision and the group's aim is to showcase new choreographies by talented choreographers not only in the United States but at major theatres throughout the world.
Alison Moyet will appear for one concert in the Friends of Music Hall at the "Megaron" Athens Music Hall on 20 March. With this year's "Revisited" tour, Moyet marks a career spanning three decades. It is the career of an important musician and great singer that began when she and Vince Clarke formed the famous Yazoo, one of the most popular bands of the early 1980s. It continued with her solo appearances and recordings that elevated her to an idol on the world pop scene.
A dramatisation of George Frideric Handel's oratorio, Theodora, a story of love that ends in sacrifice, will be presented at the "Megaron" Athens Concert Hall on 13 March. Giorgos Petrou will conduct the Camerata of the Friends of Music Orchestra (with period instruments), while Paris Mexis is responsible for directing and for the visual production of Handel's masterpiece with images and interventions which infuse the work with a fresh approach and the technology of animation as a vehicle.
Misia, one of the best-known performers of fado contemporary Portuguese music, will be appearing at the "Megaron" Athens Concert Hall for a night of poetic melancholy and absolute theatricality on 8 March in Athens, Greece. Misia will be presenting her new show "Ruas (Roads)," based on her new CD, singing with nostalgia and taking us to the dream of her homeland, Lisbon.
The famous Salzburg Marionette Theatre will be at "Megaron" Athens Concert Hall with the fresh, cool breeze of the Alps, the scent of Austrian mountain plains in bloom and, naturally, its incomparable skill that for 100 years has been fascinating young and old throughout the world. Don't miss the famous Salzburg Marionettes from 5 to 9 March in Athens, Greece.
Solisti Veneti first took the stage at "Megaron" Athens Concert Hall in 1993, when it was featured in the Chamber Music Series, and since then it has held the public's captive interest in its appearances. Solisti Veneti was formed by Claudio Scimone, a student of Dimitris Mitropoulos, in 1959, and it was immediately recognised as one of the best chamber music ensembles in the world. Solisti Veneti will be appearing at "Megaron" on 1 and 2 March with a different programme each day.
Famous diva and bewitching femme fatale Ute Lemper presents a new show dedicated to the legendary Astor Piazzolla and the "eternal passion" of tango for two nights in Athens, 20 and 21 February, at the Megaron, Athnes Concert Hall. It promises to be a musical journey from Buenos Aires to Paris, Berlin and New York aboard the most erotic songs in the world. It is tango by the great Argentine bandeonist, as well as by Jacques Brel, Kurt Weill, Klaus Schulze Sara Leib and Edith Piaf.
Two talented duets, Emil Jonason and Peter-Friis Johansson and Pascal Schumacher with Jef Neve, will be appearing at the Megaron, Athens Concert Hall on 10 February as part of its Rising Stars series. The series is a joint effort to lend the support of the Concert Hall to new artists and music ensembles. The series' goal is to promote cultural exchange and to showcase and publicise musical creativity.
The young twin-sisters Ferhan and Ferzan Oender have established themselves as one of the most promising piano-duos of the younger generation in the world concert circuit through their electrifying playing. They will appear at the Megaron, Athens Concert Hall on 16 February performing works by Sergey Rachmaninoff, Franz Liszt, Igor Stravinsky and Witold Lutoslawski.
The Monte Carlo Ballet will present Romeo and Juliet at the Megaron, Athens Concert Hall on 5, 6 and 7 February. The famous dance company from the Principality of Monaco will be performing Shakespeare's tragedy set to music by Sergei Prokofiev and choreographed by French Jean-Christophe Maillot. In 2009, the company celebrated its 100-anniversary with a celebratory tour of Europe. The Athens performances are part of that tour.
Music lovers will be able to enjoy the Haydn Trio Eisenstadt, an Austrian chamber music ensemble dedicated to the work of Joseph Haydn, on 30 January at the Megaron, Athens Concert Hall. Prepared since their founding to observe the 200-year anniversary of the great composer's death (1809), these three talented musicians decided to tour the world playing his works and serving as ambassadors of his music with their unsurpassable sound.
Fans of Edith Piaf will be able to enjoy a tribute at the Megaron, Athens Concert Hall on 31 January, as the life of the French singing legend is presented through a musical theatre performance that has swept Paris. This unique dramatisation of a musical biography, filled with Piaf's immortal songs, will recreate her life in a manner that is entertaining and at the same time moving. Jacques Pessis, journalist, author and music historian, recalls Piaf's career by focusing on key points in her life in an entertaining way.
A fascinating tribute to Baroque music through the work of English composer Henry Purcell will be part of the "Ancient Music-Innovative Interpretations" series at the Megaron, Athens Concert Hall on 23 January. Widely known counter-tenor Michael Chance will be accompanied by the Baroque Sinfonia Ensemble, one of the oldest Baroque ensembles in Greece, in leading the tribute.
A new production of a unique ballet gala will be on at the "Megaron" Athens Concert Hall from 10 to 15 January in cooperation with the Greek National Opera. The Athens Concert Hall welcomes the new year with an impressive gala that will feature some of the brightest stars in dance and keep audiences mesmerised for five evenings in the Alexandra Trianti Auditorium.
Sergei Prokofiev's Cinderella will be presented this Christmas in Athens, Greece by the Kiev National Opera Ballet at the "Megaron" Athens Concert Hall with the collaboration of leading dancers from the American Ballet Theatre, Gillian Murphy and David Hallberg. The well-known fairytale will be on this Christmas in Athens, Greece from 19 to 27 December with morning, afternoon and evening performances.
The Argentine dance company Tango Por Dos, with famous choreographer and dancer Miguel Angel Zotto, is coming to the "Megaron" Athens Concert Hall on 3, 4 and 5 December for three evenings of tango never before seen. The new show is titled Es Buenos Aires Tango, featuring 14 amazing dancers, seven top musicians, a huge screen to project the Buenos Aires atmosphere and impressive costumes and lighting.
Al Di Meola, one of the most talented guitarists of the last 30 years, will be appearing at the "Megaron" Athens Concert Hall Nov. 19 for one performance. No other jazz guitarist in the world has earned more awards; after 21 albums, three gold records, numerous awards and sales exceeding 6 million, he has emerged as one of the most distinguished virtuosos of contemporary music over the last three decades.
The Morgenstern Trio will play live at the Athens Concert Hall (Megaron), performing compositions by Beethoven, Brahms and Fremde Szene III, on 10 November. The Morgenstern Trio joined forces in 2005 at the Folkwang Academy in Essen. In 2007, after only two years of intensive collaboration, the trio was awarded several important prizes: first prize at the International Joseph Haydn Competition in Vienna and second prize and the audience prize at the prestigious ARD Competition in Munich, among others.
A unique tribute to jazz legend Miles Davis and his incomparable album, Kind of Blue, will take place at the Athens Concert Hall (Megaron Mousikis) October 24. In the 50 years since it was first released, Kind of Blue has gone quadruple platinum and continues to sell 5,000 copies a week. The album highlights Davis' influence by Ravel's Concerto for the Left Hand and Rachmaninoff's Concerto No. 4.
The St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra with Yuri Temirkanov, the oldest music ensemble in Russia and one of the top orchestras in the world will be appearing at the Athens Concert Hall (Megaron) from 21 to 23 October. The orchestra has managed to maintain its artistic profile throughout the historical changes that took place in Russia and to develop several notable musical personalities. The St. Petersburg Philharmonic will present three major piano concerti by Rachmaninoff, as well as works by Tchaikovsky.
The celebrated musician Salvatore Adamo will give his first concert in Athens to benefit the Breast Cancer Action Fund at the Athens Concert Hall (Megaron) on 7 October. The songwriter and singer, who has sold 100 million albums worldwide, is performing under the auspices of the Ministries of Culture and Foreign Affairs and the City of Athens. The proceeds of the concert will be donated to the Breast Cancer Action Fund.
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater celebrates its first ever performance in Athens that took place 30 years ago with a series of memorable performances at the Athens Concert Hall (Megaron) from 24 to 27 September. The Alvin Ailey dance troupe gave its first performance ever in Athens on 4 September 1979. This September, the most beloved ballet company in Athens returns to Megaron with new repertory, under the auspices of the American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce to benefit the Special Olympics Hellas.
The universal sounds of Portuguese tradition have found their perfect outlet through the voice of Dulce Pontes, one of the top artists on the international music scene. Pontes returns to Athens a year after her highly successful appearance to present a concert at the Athens Concert Hall on 24 May.
Vincenzo Bellini's well-known opera I Puritani will be performed 24, 26, 28 and 30 April at the Athens Concert Hall by the Greek National Opera in a co-production with the Netherlands Opera and the Grand Theatre of Geneva. I Puritani, a melodrama serio in three parts, is the last opera written by Bellini. The libretto is by Carlo Pepoli and was based on Roundheads and Cavaliers (1833) by Jacques François Ancelot and Joseph Xavier Saintine.
L'Olimpiade is an opera libretto in three acts by Metastasio that was originally written for Antonio Caldara's 1733 opera. Following Caldara's success, more than 60 baroque and classical composers used the libretto in their own renditions. Enjoy this opera at the Athens Concert Hall on March 4.
Boris Eifman's ballet, Red Giselle, is based on the life of Russian prima ballerina Olga Spessivtseva. The ballet follows her rise to prominence during the Russian Revolution and her fall to madness in Paris. Now, Eifman and his ballet of St. Petersburg are coming to Athens to perform his Red Giselle, one of the great dramatic ballets of the 20th century. It promises to be a memorable performance, 7-10 February at the Athens Concert Hall.
This Christmas, Alicia Alonso will bring two masterpieces of romanticism, Don Quixote (19-25/12) and Giselle (27-30/12) to the Athens Concert Hall. The National Ballet of Cuba is one of the foremost ballet companies in the world. The artistic standards and the diversity in the aesthetic conception of the choreographers in combining Cuban sensuality with other classical ballets have granted this ensemble a place among the top dance institutions.
In December, Athens will welcome one of the world's leading classical music orchestras, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra. The orchestra will perform at Athens Concert Hall at 6th and 7th of December, in the context of the "Great Orchestras - Great Maestros" cycle. Under the musical direction of Fabio Luisi, the two-evening programme will feature works by J. Brahms and C. Franck. Pianist Helene Grimaud will also participate.
The legendary jazz player, Herbie Hancock, has toured heavily behind his latest release, the Grammy-winning "River: The Joni Sessions," and after winning European audiences in the summer, he's back to finish off the year. The winter band features Terence Blanchard, James Genus, Lionel Loueke, Gregoire Maret and Kendrick Scott, and early reviews report that Herbie and band have created some amazing chemistry. Enjoy this concert at the Athens Concert Hall on 25th November.
This year's rising stars series will shine once again at the Athens Concert Hall. The rising stars series is a unique opportunity to hear outstanding young musicians, hand-picked by the directors of the most important concert halls in Europe and America. This year's artistic period will commence with a unique recital from the Belgian soprano, Hendrickje van Kerckhove, one of the upcoming talents of opera, on 19th November at the Athens Concert Hall.
Grupo Corpo is a Brazilian dance theatre company founded in 1975, in Belo Horizonte, a town in the south-east of Brazil. The group combines the sensuality of Brazilian dance forms and the technical competence of ballet with a contemporary theatrical feeling and a lot of energy. They will perform at Athens Concert Hall (Megaron Mousikis) on 6 and 7 November.