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.

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