Σάββατο, 20 Δεκεμβρίου 2014

UNESCO MARIA CALLAS AWARDS 2014

WEDNESDAY 3 DECEMBER 2014. THE UNESCO CLUB OF THE DEPARTMENT OF PIRAEUS & ISLANDS ORGANISED AN OPERA GALA HONORED MARIA CALLAS AT THE MUNICIPAL ART GALLERY OF PIRAEUS
The glamorous Opera Gala was made in order to mark the anniversary of Maria Callas (1923 – 1977).
The UNESCO presented some of the finest Greek opera talented artists and works by renowned
Greek-Canadian opera composer Panagiotis Karousos.
Greetings gave Mr. Ioannis Maronitis, President of Club for Unesco of the Departments of Piraeus and Islands, and Vice President of the World Federation of UNESCO Clubs, Centers and Associations (WFUCA) for Europe and North America.
At the Gala starred up leading soprano Irene Konsta, great bass Vasilis Asimakopoulos, fine soprano-coloratura Vanessa Kalkani, tenor Anastasios Stellas,and soprano Nansy Papakonstadinou.
The soloists accompanied Eleni Liggri, viola and Victoria Kiazimi, piano.
Program:
Giacomo Puccini - Madame Butterfly - Un bel di vedremo
Nansy Papakonstadinou, soprano
Giuseppe Verdi - Rigoletto - La donna è mobile
Anastasios Stellas, tenor
George Frideric Handel - Serse - "Ombra mai fu" 
Vasilis Asimakopoulos, bass
Leo Delibes - Lakme - Bell Song (L'Air des clochettes)
Vanessa Kalkani, soprano
Giacomo Puccini - Vissi d'arte, vissi d'amore – Tosca
Irene Konsta, soprano
Arias from "Prometheus Bound" by Panagiotis Karousos
Via aria Nansy Papakonstadinou, soprano
Prometheus aria Vasilis Asimakopoulos, bass
Hermes aria Anastasios Stellas, tenor
Hera aria Vanessa Kalkani, soprano
Panagiotis Karousos - Olympic Flame - Deianira aria
Irene Konsta, soprano
Verdi - La Traviata –Brindisi: Libiamo ne' lieti calici
Irene Konsta, Vasilis Asimakopoulos, Nansy Papakonstadinou, Anastasios Stellas, Vanessa Kalkani 
Mr. Maronitis gaved the Maria Callas Award 2014 to all artists, and it was followed a reception.
The concert presented mezzo Ifigenia Ioannou-Ralli where also performed Panagiotis Karousos songs, "To My Country" and "Underground" in the poem of USA President Barack Obama.
Maria Callas, (Greek: Μαρία Κάλλας; December 2, 1923 – September 16, 1977), was an American-born Greek soprano and one of the most renowned and influential opera singers of the 20th century. Critics praised her bel canto technique, wide-ranging voice and dramatic gifts. Her repertoire ranged from classical
opera seria to the bel canto operas of Donizetti, Bellini and Rossini and further, to the works of Verdi and Puccini; and, in her early career, to the music dramas of Wagner.
Her musical and dramatic talents led to her being hailed as La Divina.
Nansy Papakonstadinou, soprano

Anastasios Stellas, tenor

Vasilis Asimakopoulos, bass

Vanessa Kalkani, soprano

Irene Konsta, soprano

Vasilis Asimakopoulos, bass

Irene Konsta, soprano




Victoria Kiazimi, Vanessa Kalkani, Ifigenia Ioannou-Ralli 

Eleni Liggri, viola


Τρίτη, 16 Δεκεμβρίου 2014

Successfully celebrated the International Mountain Day 2014 in Greece

Thursday, December 11 2014. Athens, Greece
With great success at the Concert Hall "Parnassus" presented a concert dedicated
to the International Day of Mountains as declered from the United Nations in 2003.
Greece honored the mythological mountains of Olympus, Parnassus, Athos and more with
famous Greek opera soloists and musicians.
Bass Vasilis Asimakopoulos and the sopranos Irene Konsta and Vanessa Kalkanis performed
highlights from the operas "Prometheus Bound" and Olympic Flame" by Greekcanadian composer
Panagiotis Karousos.
Vasilis Asimakopoulos, Irene Konsta
The concert began with a World Premiere of the Tuba Concerto by P. Karousos performed by Panagiotis Kamvisidis this work was especially composed and performed to mark the event and dadicated to the International Day of Mountain 2014.
Cellist Spyros Heimarios performed the "Cello Concerto", flutist Zacharias Tarpagos the "Flute Romance" "Pan" and Violonist Efi Christodoulou  the "Violin Concerto" all created by the composer of the evening Mr. P. Karousos.
Vasilis Asimakopoulos, Vanessa Kalkanis
The Hellenic Orchestra Ensemble and soloists was conducted by great maestro Eleftherios Kalkanis.
Soprano Irene Konsta has been a part of dramatic presentation of the opera Prometheus Bound in New York in March 2014.
Bass Vasilis Asimakopoulos had performed the role of Prometheus in the United Nations Headcourters in Manhattan in March 2014 where he was the best participation among 80 countries.
Soprano-coloratura Vanessa Kalkanis sung also in the concert an aria of the Oratorio "The Song of the Nations" dadicated to the UN.
The concert ended in a standing ovation with a duet from the opera "Olympic Flame" sung so beautifully with splendid bass V. Asimakopoulos and the wonderful soprano Vanessa Kalkanis.
Guest of Honour Mr. Ioannis Maronitis Vice President of the World Federation of Clubs, Associations and Centres of UNESCO (WFUCA) for Europe and North America, honored maestro Eleftherios Kalkanis, the composer Panagiotis Karousos and all soloists and artists with the UNESCO certificate Mr. Maronitis mentioned the importance of the mountains on environment and ecosystems of the earth.
HELLENIC ORCHESTRA ENSEMBLE CONDUCTED BY ELEFTHERIOS KALKANIS
Violins: Efi Christodoulou, Stavroula Menti, Christina Valder, Paraskevi Kourkoumeli,
Stella Ziopoulou, Maria Orfanou-Heimariou - Violas: Eleni Liggri, Rania Zetta
Cello: Spyros Heimarios - Contrabass: Anastasia Siachou - Oboe: Georgia Kostantopoulou
Flutes: Nadia Lidiridi, Zacharias Tarpagos - Horn: Christos Kaloudis - Clarinets: Thanasis Katerinakis, Panagiotis Markou - Tuba: Panagiotis Kamvisidis
Vasilis Asimakopoulos, bass - Irene Konsta, soprano - Vanessa Kalkanis, soprano 

Τετάρτη, 5 Νοεμβρίου 2014

CULTURE IN THE SERVICE OF PEOPLE. PROMETHEUS BOUND BY PANAGIOTIS KAROUSOS IN CORINTH GREECE


PANAGIOTIS KAROUSOS
PROMETHEUS BOUND
20TH ANNIVERSARY GALA (MONTREAL 1994 – CORINTH 2004)
Starring:
Prometheus: Vasileios Asimakopoulos, bass
Io/Goddess Athena: Irene Konsta, soprano
Ocean/Hermes: Anastasios Stellas, tenor
Via/Oceanide: Maria Lyberakou, soprano
Goddess Hera: Vanessa Kalkani, soprano
Musicians: Rania Zetta, viola – Vivi Kleisoura, piano
Artistic director: Vasilis Asimakopoulos
Presentation: Panagiotis Karousos
Coordination: Rena Papastefanou
Guest of honor: Mayor of Corinth Alexandros Pnevmatikos 
Greetings: Mr. Ioannis Maronitis, president of the Club for UNESCO of the Department of Piraeus and Islands and Vice-President of UNESCO (WFUCA) 
MUNICIPAL THEATER OF CORINTH
Saturday 15th November 2014 at 8pm
Damaskinou Street, Korinthos, 20003 Greece
FREE ADMISSION

Few words about the opera “Prometheus Bound” by Panagiotis Karousos
Based on Aeschylus tragedy “Prometheus Bound” by Panagiotis Karousos first premiered in MontrealCanada in 1994 and played in French until 2000.  In 1998 the work presented in Los Angeles at Beverly Hills City Hall with a great success. In 2008 represented in New York andWashington in English under the direction of maestro Grant Gilman, and American soloists from the opera of New York. The opera impressed with the high lyricism and characterized as a divine music composition work. In Greece Prometheus Bound presented at the Municipal Theatres of Athens, Salamina, Argostoli, Lixouri, Ithaca, Cholargos, Chalkis, at the Concert Hall of the Greek Writers, in “Parnassos” Concert Hall, in the Old Parliament House, at the Theatre Veakeio, and the Theatre “Jenny Karezi”. In 2013 bass Vasileios Asimakopoulos did unforgettable presentations of the opera as a director and leading role at the Little Theatre of Ancient Epidaurus, the Ancient Theatre Ekklesiasterion (Odeon) in Ancient Messene, the Ancient Agora at the Ancient Site of Acropolis, and the National Archeological Museum of Greece, and performed the main arias of the opera at “Parnassos” Concert Hall conducted by E. Kalkanis.
Panagiotis Karousos is a renowned Greek-Canadian composer who brings to his music the philosophy and spiritualism of the Greek classics. He successfully presented all his operas (Prometheus, Olympic Flame, Alexander the Great, Light of Christianity) around major North American cities. His Symphony No.1 “Liberty” presented in New York with the Astoria Symphony and maestro Silas Nathaniel Huff. His Piano Concerto No.1 performed in Montreal Canada under the auspices of UNESCO in 2000. Also his Symphony No.2 “Olympic” performed in Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal with the OSJL-L Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Andre Gauthier. In February 2014 the Symphony Orchestra of the City of Athens conducted by E. Kalkanis premiered his Symphony No.4 “Earth”.
Recently the opera Prometheus Bound represented in New York, Queens and United Nations Headquarters, Manhattan


Δευτέρα, 20 Οκτωβρίου 2014

UNESCO OPERA GALA MARIA CALLAS 2014

UNESCO CLUB OF THE DEPARTMENT OF PIRAEUS & ISLANDS
UNESCO OPERA GALA MARIA CALLAS 2014
UNESCO MARIA CALLAS AWARDS 2014
Guest of Honor Yannis Moralis, Mayor of Piraeus

WEDNESDAY 3 DECEMBER 2014
MUNICIPAL ART GALLERY OF PIRAEUS
29 Filonos street (Old Post Office building) – 9pm – Free Admission
Presentation: Panagiotis Karousos, composer.
Greetings: Ioannis Maronitis - President of Club for Unesco of the Departments of Piraeus and Islands, and Vice President of the World Federation of UNESCO Clubs, Centers and Associations (WFUCA) for Europe and North America.
Starring:
Irene Konsta, soprano - Vasilis Asimakopoulos, bass
Vanessa Kalkani, soprano – Maria Lyberakou, soprano
Anastasios Stellas, tenor - Nansy Papakonstadinou, soprano
Eleni Liggri, viola - Victoria Kiazimi, piano
Program:
Giacomo Puccini - Madame Butterfly - Un bel di vedremo
Nansy Papakonstadinou, soprano
Giuseppe Verdi - Rigoletto - La donna è mobile
Anastasios Stellas, tenor
Giacomo Puccini - Gianni Schicchi - O Mio Babbino Caro
Maria Lyberakou, soprano
Vincenzo Bellini - Vi ravviso, o luoghi ameni - La sonnambula
Vasilis Asimakopoulos, bass
Gioacchino Rossini - Una voce poco fa - Il Barbiere di Siviglia
Vanessa Kalkani, soprano
Giacomo Puccini - Vissi d'arte, vissi d'amore – Tosca
Irene Konsta, soprano
Prometheus Bound by Panagiotis Karousos
Via aria Nansy Papakonstadinou, soprano
Prometheus aria Vasilis Asimakopoulos, bass
Vincenzo Bellini, Casta Diva, Norma Maria Lyberakou, soprano
Hermes aria Anastasios Stellas, tenor
Hera aria Vanessa Kalkani, soprano
Trio Prometheus, Ocean, Oceanide
Vasilis Asimakopoulos, Anastasios Stellas, Maria Lyberakou
Duet Prometheus, Io
Vasilis Asimakopoulos, bass - Irene Konsta, soprano
Verdi - La TraviataBrindisi: Libiamo ne' lieti calici

The Club for UNESCO of the Departments of Piraeus and Islands has the honour to present an Opera Gala in order to mark the anniversary of Maria Callas (1923 – 1977). We present some of the finest Greek opera talented artists and works by renowned Greek-Canadian opera composer Panagiotis Karousos. 
Maria Callas, (Greek: Μαρία Κάλλας; December 2, 1923 – September 16, 1977), was an American-born Greek soprano and one of the most renowned and influential opera singers of the 20th century. Critics praised her bel canto technique, wide-ranging voice and dramatic gifts. Her repertoire ranged from classical opera seria to the bel canto operas of Donizetti, Bellini and Rossini and further, to the works of Verdi and Puccini; and, in her early career, to the music dramas of Wagner. Her musical and dramatic talents led to her being hailed as La Divina.

Παρασκευή, 19 Σεπτεμβρίου 2014

AT THE TEMPLE OF POSEIDON AT CAPE SOUNION THE OPERA «PROMETHEUS BOUND» BY PANAGIOTIS KAROUSOS STARRING VASILEIOS ASIMAKOPOULOS

TEMPLE OF POSEIDON AT CAPE SOUNION
PANAGIOTIS KAROUSOS
PROMETHEUS BOUND
 Starring:
Prometheus: Vasileios Asimakopoulos, bass
Io/Goddess Athena: Irene Konsta, soprano
Ocean/Hermes: Anastasios Stellas, tenor
Via/Oceanide/Amphitrite: Maria Lyberakou, soprano
Goddess Hera: Vanessa Kalkanis, soprano
Vivi Kleisoura, piano
Directed by Vasileios Asimakopoulos
Production by Hellenic American Center of the Arts

PROMETHEUS BOUND AT TEMPLE OF POSEIDON
SUNDAY 28 SEPTEMBER 2014 AT 7PM
Sanctuary of Poseidon at Sounio
European Heritage days in Greece 2014
«The Faces of Time»
Hellenic Ministry of Culture
Few words about the opera “Prometheus Bound” by Panagiotis Karousos
Vasileios Asimakopoulos, Irene Konsta
Based on Aeschylus tragedy “Prometheus Bound” by Panagiotis Karousos first premiered in Montreal, Canada in 1994 and played in French until 2000.  In 1998 the work presented in Los Angeles at Beverly Hills City Hall with a great success. In 2008 represented in New York and Washington in English under the direction of maestro Grant Gilman, and American soloists from the opera of New York. The opera impressed with the high lyricism and characterized as a divine music composition work. In Greece Prometheus Bound presented at the Municipal Theatres of Athens, Salamina, Argostoli, Lixouri, Ithaca, Cholargos, Chalkis, at the Concert Hall of the Greek Writers, in “Parnassos” Concert Hall, in the Old Parliament House, at the Theatre Veakeio, and the Theatre “Jenny Karezi”. In 2013 bass Vasileios Asimakopoulos did unforgettable presentations of the opera as a director and leading role at the Little Theatre of Ancient Epidaurus, the Ancient Theatre Ekklesiasterion (Odeon) in Ancient Messene, the Ancient Agora at the Ancient Site of Acropolis, and the National Archeological Museum of Greece, and performed the main arias of the opera at “Parnassos” Concert Hall conducted by E. Kalkanis.
Panagiotis Karousos is a renowned Greek-Canadian composer who brings to his music the philosophy and spiritualism of the Greek classics. He successfully presented all his operas (Prometheus, Olympic Flame, Alexander the Great, Light of Christianity) around major North American cities. His Symphony No.1 “Liberty” presented in New York with the Astoria Symphony and maestro Silas Nathaniel Huff. His Piano Concerto No.1 performed in Montreal Canada under the auspices of UNESCO in 2000. Also his Symphony No.2 “Olympic” performed in Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal with the OSJL-L Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Andre Gauthier. Recently the Symphony Orchestra of the City of Athens conducted by E. Kalkanis premiered his Symphony No.4 “Earth” (February 2014).

Temple of Poseidon. Cape Sounion is noted as the site of ruins of an ancient Greek temple of Poseidon, the god of the sea in classical mythology. The remains are perched on the headland, surrounded on three sides by the sea. The ruins bear the deeply engraved name of English Romantic poet Lord Byron (1788–1824). The site is a popular day-excursion for tourists from Athens, with sunset over the Aegean Sea, as viewed from the ruins, a sought-after spectacle. Cape Sounion is the spot where Aegeus, king of Athens, leapt to his death off the cliff, thus giving his name to the Aegean Sea.

European Heritage Days. Council of Europe, European Union. Every year in September, the 50 signatory States to the European Cultural Convention take part in the European Heritage Days – a joint action of the Council of Europe and the European Commission, putting new cultural assets on view and opening up historical buildings normally closed to the public. The cultural events highlight local skills and traditions, architecture and works of art, but the broader aim is to bring citizens together in harmony even though there are differences in cultures and languages.
Each year, national and regional events are organised around a special theme. These themes vary in each country from year to year. They include such topics as:
- specific forms of heritage (e.g. farmhouses, musical instruments, culinary traditions, garden architecture);
- specific periods in history (e.g. the Medieval heritage, the Baroque heritage);
- society's approaches to heritage (e.g. heritage and citizenship, heritage and youth).
The Council of Europe and the European Commission encourage the selection of trans-national themes which can be illustrated by cross-border activities that are jointly set up by the different countries.
Since 1999, the European Heritage Days have a permanent slogan: "Europe, a common heritage".

The joint action of the Council of Europe and the European Commission, in close cooperation with the group of national coordinators ensures the success of the European Heritage Days.

Τετάρτη, 17 Σεπτεμβρίου 2014

PROMETHEUS BOUND BY PANAGIOTIS KAROUSOS AT THE TEMPLE OF OLYMPIAN ZEUS

TEMPLE OF OLYMPIAN ZEUS
 PANAGIOTIS KAROUSOS
PROMETHEUS BOUND

Starring:
Prometheus: Vasileios Asimakopoulos, bass
Io/Goddess Athena: Irene Konsta, soprano
Ocean/Hermes: Anastasios Stellas, tenor
Via/Oceanide: Maria Lyberakou, soprano
Goddess Hera: Vanessa Kalkanis, soprano
Rania Zetta, viola - Vivi Kleisoura, piano
Directed by Vasileios Asimakopoulos
Production by Hellenic American Center of the Arts

PROMETHEUS BOUND AT THE OLYMPIEION
SATURDAY 27 SEPTEMBER 2014
Columns of the Olympian Zeus
(Vassilisis Olgas Av., Athens) Time: 7pm
European Heritage days in Greece 2014
«The Faces of Time»
Hellenic Ministry of Culture

Few words about the opera “Prometheus Bound” by Panagiotis Karousos
Vasileios Asimakopoulos as Prometheus in Ancient Messina Theatre 
Based on Aeschylus tragedy “Prometheus Bound” by Panagiotis Karousos first premiered in Montreal, Canada in 1994 and played in French until 2000.  In 1998 the work presented in Los Angeles at Beverly Hills City Hall with a great success. In 2008 represented in New York and Washington in English under the direction of maestro Grant Gilman, and American soloists from the opera of New York. The opera impressed with the high lyricism and characterized as a divine music composition work. In Greece Prometheus Bound presented at the Municipal Theatres of Athens, Salamina, Argostoli, Lixouri, Ithaca, Cholargos, Chalkis, at the Concert Hall of the Greek Writers, in “Parnassos” Concert Hall, in the Old Parliament House, at the Theatre Veakeio, and the Theatre “Jenny Karezi”. In 2013 bass Vasileios Asimakopoulos did unforgettable presentations of the opera as a director and leading role at the Little Theatre of Ancient Epidaurus, the Ancient Theatre Ekklesiasterion (Odeon) in Ancient Messene, the Ancient Agora at the Ancient Site of Acropolis, and the National Archeological Museum of Greece, and performed the main arias of the opera at “Parnassos” Concert Hall conducted by E. Kalkanis.
Panagiotis Karousos is a renowned Greek-Canadian composer who brings to his music the philosophy and spiritualism of the Greek classics. He successfully presented all his operas (Prometheus, Olympic Flame, Alexander the Great, Light of Christianity) around major North American cities. His Symphony No.1 “Liberty” presented in New York with the Astoria Symphony and maestro Silas Nathaniel Huff. His Piano Concerto No.1 performed in Montreal Canada under the auspices of UNESCO in 2000. Also his Symphony No.2 “Olympic” performed in Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal with the OSJL-L Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Andre Gauthier. Recently the Symphony Orchestra of the City of Athens conducted by E. Kalkanis premiered his Symphony No.4 “Earth” (February 2014).


The Temple of Olympian Zeus also known as the Olympieion or Columns of the Olympian Zeus, is a colossal ruined temple in the centre of the Greek capital Athens that was dedicated to Zeus, king of the Olympian gods. Construction began in the 6th century BC during the rule of the Atheniantyrants, who envisaged building the greatest temple in the ancient world, but it was not completed until the reign of the Roman Emperor Hadrian in the 2nd century AD some 638 years after the project had begun. During the Roman periods it was renowned as the largest temple in Greece and housed one of the largest cult statues in the ancient world.


European Heritage Days. Council of Europe, European Union. Every year in September, the 50 signatory States to the European Cultural Convention take part in the European Heritage Days – a joint action of the Council of Europe and the European Commission, putting new cultural assets on view and opening up historical buildings normally closed to the public. The cultural events highlight local skills and traditions, architecture and works of art, but the broader aim is to bring citizens together in harmony even though there are differences in cultures and languages.
Each year, national and regional events are organised around a special theme. These themes vary in each country from year to year. They include such topics as:
- specific forms of heritage (e.g. farmhouses, musical instruments, culinary traditions, garden architecture);
- specific periods in history (e.g. the Medieval heritage, the Baroque heritage);
- society's approaches to heritage (e.g. heritage and citizenship, heritage and youth).
The Council of Europe and the European Commission encourage the selection of trans-national themes which can be illustrated by cross-border activities that are jointly set up by the different countries.
Since 1999, the European Heritage Days have a permanent slogan: "Europe, a common heritage".

The joint action of the Council of Europe and the European Commission, in close cooperation with the group of national coordinators ensures the success of the European Heritage Days.

Τρίτη, 16 Σεπτεμβρίου 2014

The Club UNESCO of Kefalonia & Ithaca inaugurates a new cultural venue in Cephalonia at “Maspali hills” with Panagiotis Karousos’ opera “Prometheus Bound”.

The Club UNESCO of Kefalonia & Ithaca
with the collaboration of the Cultural Association Mantzavinata-Vouni “Kounoupetra” celebrates the 150th Anniversary of the Unification of the Ionian Islands with Greece 1864-2014 at the «Maspali hill» with the opera of  
 PANAGIOTIS KAROUSOS
PROMETHEUS BOUND

Directed by Vasileios Asimakopoulos

Starring:
Prometheus: Vasileios Asimakopoulos, bass
Io/Goddess Athena: Irene Konsta, soprano
Ocean/Hermes: Anastasios Stellas, tenor
Via/Oceanide: Maria Lyberakou, soprano
Goddess Hera: Vanessa Kalkanis, soprano
Vivi Kleisoura, piano
Production by Hellenic American Center of the Arts

MASPALI HILL   
Saturday 20 September at 7:30pm
Maspali Hill, Mantzavinata, Kefalonia, Greece
FREE ADMISSION

The Club UNESCO of Kefalonia & Ithaca in order to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Unification of the Ionian Islands with Greece (1864-2014), inaugurates a new cultural venue in Cephalonia at “Maspali hill” Mantzavinata Lixouri, with the Cephalonian composer Panagiotis Karousos’ opera “Prometheus Bound”. In March 2014 the fine artists invited among with the composer to perform the opera in New York at Queens Auditorium and in United Nations Manhattan under the UNESCO auspices. The Maspali hill was perhaps an ancient acropolis.

Few words about the opera “Prometheus Bound” by Panagiotis Karousos
Prometheus: Vasileios Asimakopoulos, bass
Municipal Theatre of Lixouri (Kefalonia 2013)
Based on Aeschylus tragedy “Prometheus Bound” by Panagiotis Karousos first premiered in Montreal, Canada in 1994 and played in French until 2000.  In 1998 the work presented in Los Angeles at Beverly Hills City Hall with a great success. In 2008 represented in New York and Washington in English under the direction of maestro Grant Gilman, and American soloists from the opera of New York. The opera impressed with the high lyricism and characterized as a divine music composition work. In Greece Prometheus Bound presented at the Municipal Theatres of Athens, Salamina, Argostoli, Lixouri, Ithaca, Cholargos, Chalkis, at the Concert Hall of the Greek Writers, in “Parnassos” Concert Hall, in the Old Parliament House, at the Theatre Veakeio, and the Theatre “Jenny Karezi”. In 2013 bass Vasileios Asimakopoulos did unforgettable presentations of the opera as a director and leading role at the Little Theatre of Ancient Epidaurus, the Ancient Theatre Ekklesiasterion (Odeon) in Ancient Messene, the Ancient Agora at the Ancient Site of Acropolis, and the National Archeological Museum of Greece, and performed the main arias of the opera at “Parnassos” Concert Hall conducted by E. Kalkanis.

Panagiotis Karousos is a renowned Greek-Canadian composer who brings to his music the philosophy and spiritualism of the Greek classics. He successfully presented all his operas (Prometheus, Olympic Flame, Alexander the Great, Light of Christianity) around major North American cities. His Symphony No.1 “Liberty” presented in New York with the Astoria Symphony and maestro Silas Nathaniel Huff. His Piano Concerto No.1 performed in Montreal Canada under the auspices of UNESCO in 2000. Also his Symphony No.2 “Olympic” performed in Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal with the OSJL-L Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Andre Gauthier. Recently the Symphony Orchestra of the City of Athens conducted by E. Kalkanis premiered his Symphony No.4 “Earth”. 

Κυριακή, 7 Σεπτεμβρίου 2014

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF MOUNTAIN CONCERT PROGRAM 11 DECEMBER 2014 ATHENS GREECE

The Club of UNESCO Piraeus & Islands with the Hellenic-American Center of the Arts presents at Concert Hall “Parnassos” a Classical Music Concert for the International Mountain Day 2014 (Mountain Farming) of United Nations Organization 

A MOUNTAIN DAY CONCERT 
WITH WORKS BY PANAGIOTIS KAROUSOS
FOR THE INTERNATIONAL MOUNTAIN DAY 2014 (UNITED NATIONS) 

THURSDAY 11 DESCEMBER 2014 AT 21:00
CONCERT HALL PARNASSOS
8 St. George, Karytsi Sq., 10561 Athens, Greece
Greetings by Ioannis Maronitis, president of Club for Unesco of the Departments of Piraeus and Islands and Vice President of the World Federation of UNESCO Clubs.

HELLENIC ORCHESTRA ENSEMBLE
CONDUCTED BY ELEFTHERIOS KALKANIS 
Program:
Tuba Concerto “the Mountain” World Premiere
Dedicated to the International Mountain Day 
Panagiotis Kamvisidis, tuba
Olympic Flame: Deianira’s aria “Don’t refuse” 
Irini Konsta, soprano
Olympic Flame: Hyllus aria "Last night in the darkness" 
Vasilis Asimakopoulos, bass
Prometheus Bound: Oceanide aria “Prometheus”
Vanessa Kalkani, soprano
Fantasia for Flute “Pan”
Zacharias Tarpagos, flute
Prometheus Bound: Hera aria “In the rudder of heaven”
Vanessa Kalkani, soprano
Prometheus Bound: Prometheus aria «Now alone»  
Vasilis Asimakopoulos, bass
Olympic Flame: Deianira’s cavatina “I am afraid”
Irini Konsta, soprano
Concerto for Cello  
Spyros Heimarios (cello)
Prometheus & Io duet
Vasilis Asimakopoulos, bass – Irini Konsta, soprano
Concerto for Violin «maestoso - adagio - allegretto» 
Efi Christodoulou, violin
Olympic Flame Macaria &  Hyllus duet  
Vasilis Asimakopoulos, bass – Vanessa Kalkani, soprano

HELLENIC ORCHESTRA ENSEMBLE
under the direction of maestro Eleftherios Kalkanis
Violins: Efi Christodoulou, Stavroula Menti, Christina Valder, Paraskevi Kourkoumeli,
Stella Ziopoulou, Maria Orfanou-Heimariou - Violas: Eleni Liggri, Rania Zetta
Cello: Spyros Heimarios - Contrabass: Anastasia Siachou
Flutes: Nadia Lidiridi, Zacharias Tarpagos - Oboe: Georgia Kostantopoulou 
Horn: Christos Kaloudis - Clarinets: Thanasis Katerinakis, Panagiotis Markou 
Tuba: Panagiotis Kamvisidis

International Mountain Day - 11 December 2014 (Mountain Farming)
A concert for the mountains of Greece
The Hellenic-American Center of the Arts presents under the auspices of the Club of UNESCO Piraeus & Islands a classical music concert to mark the International Mountain Day. The concert will take place on December 11, 2014 at 21:00, at the Parnassos Concert Hall Athens, Greece located on 8 St. George, Karytsi Sq., 10561. The program will include works by Panagiotis Karousos and the Hellenic Orchestra Ensemble conducted by Eledtherios Kalkanis. The concert represents an opportunity to create awareness about the importance of mountains to life, to highlight the strengths and weaknesses in mountain development and to build partnerships that will bring positive change to the world’s mountains and highlands. The concert is dedicated in particular to the mountains of Greece: Mount Olympus and Athos. Soloists: Vasilis Asimakopoulos, bass, Irini Konsta, soprano, Vanessa Kalkani, soprano, Zacharias Tarpagos, flute, Efi Christodoulou, violin, Spyros Heimarios, cello, Panagiotis Kamvisidis, tuba. 
International Mountain Day is an opportunity to create awareness about the importance of mountains to life, to highlight the opportunities and constraints in mountain development and to build partnerships that will bring positive change to the world’s mountains and highlands.
This year, the theme for IMD is Mountain Farming. Here we have an opportunity to raise awareness about how mountain agriculture, which is predominantly family farming, has been a model for sustainable development for centuries.
International Mountain Day 2014 provides an occasion to highlight how family farming in mountain regions is undergoing rapid transformation due to population growth, economic globalization, urbanization and the migration of men and youth to urban areas.
At the same time, these changes can provide opportunities for local development. People who reside in mountain areas can diversify their income by engaging activities such as tourism, high value mountain products and handicrafts. An enabling policy environment that includes tailored investments could improve farmers’ access to resources and increase their capacity to generate income. The theme to the International Year of Family Farming 2014 proclaimed by the General Assembly of the United Nations, as well as the forthcoming International Programme on Research and Training on Sustainable Management of Mountain Areas (IPROMO) course on mountain family farming, and the FAO/MP publication ‘Mountain Farming is Family Farming’.


Τετάρτη, 3 Σεπτεμβρίου 2014

A CONCERT FOR THE MOUNTAINS OF GREECE TO MARK THE INTERNATIONAL MOUNTAIN DAY 2014 (UNITED NATIONS)


The Hellenic-American Center of the Arts presents at Concert Hall “Parnassos” a Classical Music Concert for the International Mountain Day 2014 (Mountain Farming)
 A MOUNTAIN DAY CONCERT
WITH WORKS BY PANAGIOTIS KAROUSOS
FOR THE INTERNATIONAL MOUNTAIN DAY 2014 (UNITED NATIONS)
Under the auspices of the Club of UNESCO Piraeus & Islands 
 International Mountain Day 2014 (Mountain Farming) of United Nations Organization 

A MOUNTAIN DAY CONCERT 
WITH WORKS BY PANAGIOTIS KAROUSOS
FOR THE INTERNATIONAL MOUNTAIN DAY 2014 (UNITED NATIONS) 

THURSDAY 11 DESCEMBER 2014 AT 21:00
CONCERT HALL PARNASSOS
8 St. George, Karytsi Sq., 10561 Athens, Greece
Greetings by Ioannis Maronitis, president of Club for Unesco of the Departments of Piraeus and Islands and Vice President of the World Federation of UNESCO Clubs.

HELLENIC ORCHESTRA ENSEMBLE
CONDUCTED BY ELEFTHERIOS KALKANIS 
Program:
Tuba Concerto “the Mountain” World Premiere
Dedicated to the International Mountain Day 
Panagiotis Kamvisidis, tuba
Olympic Flame: Deianira’s aria “Don’t refuse” 
Irini Konsta, soprano
Olympic Flame: Hyllus aria "Last night in the darkness" 
Vasilis Asimakopoulos, bass
Prometheus Bound: Oceanide aria “Prometheus”
Vanessa Kalkani, soprano
Fantasia for Flute “Pan”
Zacharias Tarpagos, flute
Prometheus Bound: Hera aria “In the rudder of heaven”
Vanessa Kalkani, soprano
Prometheus Bound: Prometheus aria «Now alone»  
Vasilis Asimakopoulos, bass
Olympic Flame: Deianira’s cavatina “I am afraid”
Irini Konsta, soprano
Concerto for Cello  
Spyros Heimarios (cello)
Prometheus & Io duet
Vasilis Asimakopoulos, bass – Irini Konsta, soprano
Concerto for Violin «maestoso - adagio - allegretto» 
Efi Christodoulou, violin
Olympic Flame Macaria &  Hyllus duet  
Vasilis Asimakopoulos, bass – Vanessa Kalkani, soprano

HELLENIC ORCHESTRA ENSEMBLE
under the direction of maestro Eleftherios Kalkanis
Violins: Efi Christodoulou, Stavroula Menti, Christina Valder, Paraskevi Kourkoumeli,
Stella Ziopoulou, Maria Orfanou-Heimariou - Violas: Eleni Liggri, Rania Zetta
Cello: Spyros Heimarios - Contrabass: Anastasia Siachou
Flutes: Nadia Lidiridi, Zacharias Tarpagos - Oboe: Georgia Kostantopoulou 
Horn: Christos Kaloudis - Clarinets: Thanasis Katerinakis, Panagiotis Markou 
Tuba: Panagiotis Kamvisidis

International Mountain Day - 11 December 2014 (Mountain Farming)
A concert for the mountains of Greece
The Hellenic-American Center of the Arts presents under the auspices of the Club of UNESCO Piraeus & Islands a classical music concert to mark the International Mountain Day. The concert will take place on December 11, 2014 at 21:00, at the Parnassos Concert Hall Athens, Greece located on 8 St. George, Karytsi Sq., 10561. The program will include works by Panagiotis Karousos and the Hellenic Orchestra Ensemble conducted by Eleftherios Kalkanis. The concert represents an opportunity to create awareness about the importance of mountains to life, to highlight the strengths and weaknesses in mountain development and to build partnerships that will bring positive change to the world’s mountains and highlands. The concert is dedicated in particular to the mountains of Greece: Mount Olympus and Athos. Soloists: Vasilis Asimakopoulos, bass, Irini Konsta, soprano, Vanessa Kalkani, soprano, Zacharias Tarpagos, flute, Efi Christodoulou, violin, Spyros Heimarios, cello, Panagiotis Kamvisidis, tuba. 
International Mountain Day is an opportunity to create awareness about the importance of mountains to life, to highlight the opportunities and constraints in mountain development and to build partnerships that will bring positive change to the world’s mountains and highlands.
This year, the theme for IMD is Mountain Farming. Here we have an opportunity to raise awareness about how mountain agriculture, which is predominantly family farming, has been a model for sustainable development for centuries.
International Mountain Day 2014 provides an occasion to highlight how family farming in mountain regions is undergoing rapid transformation due to population growth, economic globalization, urbanization and the migration of men and youth to urban areas.
At the same time, these changes can provide opportunities for local development. People who reside in mountain areas can diversify their income by engaging activities such as tourism, high value mountain products and handicrafts. An enabling policy environment that includes tailored investments could improve farmers’ access to resources and increase their capacity to generate income. The theme to the International Year of Family Farming 2014 proclaimed by the General Assembly of the United Nations, as well as the forthcoming International Programme on Research and Training on Sustainable Management of Mountain Areas (IPROMO) course on mountain family farming, and the FAO/MP publication ‘Mountain Farming is Family Farming’.

Παρασκευή, 22 Αυγούστου 2014

PROMETHEUS BOUND OPERA AT THE "PERISTERI GROVE" ATHENS GREECE

THE MUNICIPALITY OF PERISTERI PRESENT
PROMETHEUS BOUND
        BY PANAGIOTIS KAROUSOS
              based on Aeschylus tragedy
          STARRING VASILIS ASIMAKOPOULOS
“Cultural September 2014”
Festival of Municipality of Peristeri
          SUNDAY 7 SEPTEMBER 2014 AT 21:00
AMPHITHEATRE "LAUREL AND OLIVE"
Prometheus: Vasilis Asimakopoulos, bass
Io/Athena: Irini Konsta, soprano
Ocean/Hermes: Anastasios Stellas, tenor
Violence/Oceanide: Maria Lyberakou, soprano
Rania Zetta: viola - Vivi Kleisoura: piano
Stage Director: Vasilis Asimakopoulos 
Production & Costumes: Hellenic American Center of the Arts

Few words about the opera “Prometheus Bound”:
Prometheus Bound by Panagiotis Karousos first premiered in Montreal, Canada in 1994 and played in French until 2000.
In 1998 presented in Los Angeles at Beverly Hills City Hall with a great success.
In 2008 represented in New York and Washington DC in English under the direction of maestro Grant Gilman, and American soloists from the opera of New York.
The opera impressed with the high lyricism and characterized as a divine music composition work.
In Greece Prometheus Bound presented at the Municipal Theatres of Corinth, Argostoli, Lixouri, Ithaca, Cholargos, Chalkis, at the Concert Hall of the Greek Writers, in Parnassos Concert Hall, in the Old Parliament House, at the Theatre Veakio, at the Municipal Theater of Athens, at the Little Theatre of Ancient Epidaurus and at the Ancient Theatre Ekklesiasterion (Odeon) in Ancient Messene.
Also in June 2013 staged at Theatre Jenny Karezi under the supervision of renowned actor Kostas Kazakos. In March 2014 “Prometheus Bound” presented in United Nations Headquarters Manhattan and in Queens New York with Vasilis Asimakopoulos at the leading role, under the UNESCO auspices.
The music of the opera "Prometheus Bound" by Panagiotis Karousos considered masterful, original, with a doric simplicity and grandeur. The Greek Canadian composer Panagiotis Karousos, was awarded by the Federal Government of Canada and the Government of Quebec for his contribution to the arts.