The Vienna Symphony Orchestra, one of the most important historical ensembles in Europe, will be launching the "Great Orchestras-Great Conductors" series under the direction of French conductor Georges Prêtre with works by Francis Poulenc and Johannes Brahms. The concert will take place on 24 and 25 November at the Megaron-Athens Concert Hall.
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 star of contemporary dance, Silvie Guillem, and leading dancer and choreographer Russell Maliphant present the performance that conquered world audiences: the legendary "Push", along with "Solo," "Shift" and "Two," in a popular and innovative mix of classical ballet where the future meets history. The performance will take place on 14 and 15 October at the Megaron-Athens Concert Hall.
Wim MertensEnsemble will be appearing for one performance at the Megaron Athens Concert Hall on Saturday 2 October in the Alexandra Trianti Auditorium. The great Belgian artist and one of the most important representatives of minimalist composition and composer of film and theatre soundtracks will present the highlights of his rich body of work to the accompaniment of a string quintet.
The first individual appearance in Athensof top Russian soprano Maria Guleghina will be a major artistic event. This famous opera singer will be appearing at the Megaron Athens Concert Hall on Friday 24 September accompanied on piano by Massimiliano Bull, a permanent member of La Scala in Milan. Maria Guleghina comes to Athens on the heels of triumphant appearances as Turandot at the Metropolitan Opera, the Arena di Verona and the Zurich Opera.
The Mahler Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Konstantinos Karydis and with Fazil Say and Periklis Koukos performing, will present works by Beethoven on 14 July at the "Megaron" Athens Concert Hall in Athens, Greece as part of the Athens Festival. This concert unites East and West with Konstantinos Karydis, a truly international musician, at the helm of one of Europe's most dynamic ensembles.
Wuppertal dance theatre present a dance performance titled "Nefés" by famous choreographer Pina Bausch in Athens, Greece. This is Bausch's Constantinople: one more step in her poetic wanderings and her universal emotions, with "Nefés," a piece she created in 2003, when the war in Iraq was under way. The performance will be presented at the "Megaron" Athens Concert Hallfrom 13 to 15 July.
In Água (2001), Pina Bausch sings of Brazil, of Rio, São Paolo and Bahia with her body in a hymn to beauty and pleasure. The work belongs to the most optimistic and dance-filled period in the career of the great choreographer, who decided in 1989 to dedicate herself to the "Schrift of wandering", adding another great city to her travelogue each time. The Tanztheater Wuppertal will be at the "Megaron" Athens Concert Hall presenting Água (2001) by Pina Bausch from 7 to 9 July as part of the Athens Festival for an unforgettable performance.
William Christie and Les Arts Florissants celebrate 30 years of work in reviving Baroque music with a production of two stand-outs in their rich repertory by Rameau: the one-act opera-ballet Pigmalion and excerpts from Hippolytus and Aricia. They will be presenting their work at the "Megaron" Athens Concert Hall from 26 to 28 June.
The famous Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, which Wagner had described as one of the best orchestras in the world, will present a concert of Mozart, Shubert and Tchaikovsky under the direction of conductor Ricardo Muti at the Megaron Athens Concert Hall on 22 June. The concert will be broadcast live on a video wall in the Megaron Athens Concert Hallgardens for the first time.
One the biggest names in music and 10-time Grammy award winner Bobby McFerrin will be at the Megaron Athens Concert Hall on 31 May 2010 for one concert. McFerrin is one of the natural wonders of the musical world, as his voice ranges over four octaves and he is considered the best-known improviser in vocal music. He is an internationally acclaimed classical orchestra conductor and the composer of the famous and perhaps best-known song of the 20th century, "Don't Worry, Be Happy."
Renowned composer of Kieślowski's film scores Zbigniew Preisner will be in Athens, Greece for a concert at the "Megaron" Athens Concert Hall on 30 May 2010. Appearing with him will be soprano Elzbieta Towarnicka and the Volos Symphony Orchestra. The great Polish composer Preisner has written music for more than 40 films, mostly by European directors. His achievements are all the more impressive given that he is a self-taught musician.
The top modern dance company from the Netherlands, Nederlands Dans Theater, returns to the "Megaron" Athens Concert Hall from 18 to 21 May with three choreographies by permanent choreographers Jiří Kylián, Sol León and Paul Lightfoot and Canadian Crystal Pite. The "big company" consists of acclaimed dancers and excellent soloists who, with their skill and incomparable expressionism, have the ability to carry off a varied and broad repertoire, elevating the Nederlands Dans Theater into one of the most popular spectacles in the world.
The Staatskapelle Dresden, the oldest orchestra in the world, will be performing under the direction of great French conductor Georges Prêtre to present a programme of works by Strauss and Beethoven at the "Megaron" Athens Concert Hall on 14 and 15 May. On 22 September 1998, the orchestra celebrated its 450th anniversary. Prêtre was recently seen on worldwide television conducting the Vienna Philharmonic on New Year's Day 2010.
Famous French composer Michel Legrand is coming to Athens, Greece for the first time, along with Réni Vignolo (double-bass) and André Ceccareli (drums) for a night of hits like the masterpiece "The Windmills of Your Mind" for The Thomas Crown Affair (1968) and many more. Michel Legrand is without a doubt the greatest composer of film scores in the last 50 years. Legrand will be appearing on 6 May at the "Megaron" Athens Concert Hall.
The award-winning tango-musical from Argentina, a show that has triumphed in Europe and America, is coming to Athens straight from the heart of Buenos Aires. The performance will take place at the "Megaron" Athens Concert Hallfrom 6 to 11 May 2010. Tanguera is the name of this creative tango sensation from Argentina and the most provocative and sultry performance since tango was invented.
Top musician and composer Nicola Piovani, who composed the music for the film La vita e Bella (Life is Beautiful) and won an Oscar for music, is coming for one concert on 29 April 2010 at the "Megaron" Athens Concert Hall. Piovani has also been nominated for Grammy and Cesar awards, while in 2008 he was named a Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French Ministry of Culture.
Haydn meets the computer in an original music and dance performance by Alexandros Mouzas to be presented at the "Megaron" Athens Concert Hallon 18 April. Titled "CAM-MEDIA (2009)", it features two young soloists, three break-dancers, 375 students and the Camerata. The same concert will include: Concerto for violin in G major, Hob VII:4 by Franz Joseph Haydn and Perpetuum Mobile (Perpetual Motion) by Ottokar Eugen Novacek. Violin soloists will be Giorgos Banos and Andrei Nastaza.
The audience will be able to enjoy live Catalan musician Jordi Savall, appearing along with his ensemble Hesperion XXI, the vocal ensemble Capella Reial de Catalynya and soprano Montserrat Figueras at the "Megaron" Athens Concert Hall on 11 April in a performance titled "Christopher Columbus: Lost Paradises." For more than 30 years, Savall has been a true champion of traditional music, devoted to seeking out and making use of neglected musical treasures through years of research, study and performance.
The founder of Prague's Black Light Theatre, Jiří Srnec, is bringing the Flying Bicycle performance to the "Megaron" Athens Concert Hall in Athens, Greece on 9 and 10 April. The work is presented in 10 scenes. It is the love story of an inventor who, during his efforts to build a flying bicycle, discovers love for the time in his life. The work is considered to be an autobiography of Black Theatre developer Jiří Srnec.
Dionne Warwick, with five Grammys, 45 albums at the top of the charts, 68 songs at No. 1 and more than 60 million in album sales, is one of the most successful singers in the world. We will be able to enjoy her in Athens, Greece on 15 March at the "Megaron" Athens Music Hall. The Golden Lady with the characteristic voice will bewitch the audience with songs like "Don't Make Me Over," "Walk On By," "I'll Never Fall in Love Again" and many others.
The romantic, mysterious and fiery Emma Shapplin will present a concert of her music at the "Megaron" Athens Concert hall on 6 and 7 March. Emma Shapplin combines the intensity and emotional tension of opera with the sensuality and directness of pop music. Her voice constitutes the most powerful proof that music cannot be categorised and refuses to obey conformist rules.