Παρασκευή, 17 Ιανουαρίου 2014

OPERA GALA “From Mozart to Karousos”



                                             

HELLENIC ORCHESTRA ENSEMBLE
Eleftherios Kalkanis conductor

Vasilis Asimakopoulos
bass 

Vanessa Kalkani
soprano

Friday, February 21, 2014, at 7 pm
Literary Society 'Parnassos'  

Concert Hall
8 St. George Karytsi Sq. Athens
General Admission £ 10






Program:
Eine kleine Nachtmusik (Mozart)
Don Giovanni Deh, vieni, alla finestra” (Mozart)
Vasilis Asimakopoulos, bass
Die Zauberflöte “O zittre nicht, mein lieber Sohn” (Mozart)
Vanessa Kalkani, soprano
Le nozze di Figaro"La Vendetta"(Bartolo's aria) (Mozart)
Vasilis Asimakopoulos, bass
Fantasia for Flute (Karousos)
Danae Kioupouroglou, flute
The Song of the Nations “Musique Divine” (Karousos)
Vanessa Kalkani, soprano
The Light of Christianity “Love its other” (Karousos)
Vasilis Asimakopoulos, bass
Divertimento “To Apollo” (Karousos)
Olympic Flame "Last night in the darkness" (Karousos)
Vasilis Asimakopoulos, bass
Die Zauberflöte Der Hölle Rach” (Mozart)
Vanessa Kalkani, soprano
Prometheus «Now alone» - «I place hope»(Karousos)
Vasilis Asimakopoulos, bass
Concerto for Cello (Karousos)
Don Giovanni “La ci darem la mano” (Mozart)
Vasilis Asimakopoulos, bass – Vanessa Kalkani, soprano

(Members of the orchestra: Danae Kioupouroglou, flute - Dimitris Sideris, oboe - Maria Mazaraki, cello -Triantafilos Vavatsikos, violin - Gulnora Tulyaganova, piano) 

The Hellenic-American Center of the Arts in collaboration with the Hellenic Literary Society presents at Parnassos Concert Hall a Classical Music Concert to mark the 80th year’s anniversary of the Society. President of the Hellenic Literary Society, Mr Pavlos Nathanael.
Saint George Square 8 (Karytsi Sq.) 10561 Athens, Greece.
Literary Association "Parnassos" Concert Hall. www.Isparnas.gr -  www.eel.org.gr


Πέμπτη, 16 Ιανουαρίου 2014

The Hellenic Literary Society to mark their 80th years with the Historical and Ethnological Society of Greece presents the opera OLYMPIC FLAME by PANAGIOTIS KAROUSOS









































THE OLYMPIC FLAME
Director Vasilis Asimakopoulos
Opera based on the tragedy of Sophocles “Trachiniae”
Dejanira: Irini Konsta, soprano                                                                                     
Hercules & Hyllus: Vasilis Asimakopoulos, bass
Alkmeni: Nansy Papakonstantinou, soprano
Makaria & Yoli: Vanessa Kalkani, soprano
Danae Kioupouroglou, flute - Dimitris Sideris, oboe - Maria Mazaraki, cello 
Triantafilos Vavatsikos, violin - Gulnora Tulyaganova, piano

Wednesday 29 January at 13:00 pm
National Historical Museum
Old Parliament House of Greece
Stadiou 13, Athens, Greece
Free Admission

The Olympic Flame by Panagiotis Karousos is the second part of the Hellenic Tetralogy: "The Dawn of Civilization" (Prometheus - Olympic Flame - Alexander the Great - The Light of Christianity).
The opera relates to the myth of Heracles and the establishment of the Olympic Games, depicting the greatness of human spirit and foresight of the Greeks. It is clearly proven and accepted that Western civilization reputable evolution is based on the philosophical works of Greek antiquity and that we are all descendants of the civilization and culture of that era.
The composer with the Olympic Flame gives us the fundamental concept behind this ancient Greek ritual of touch.
The flame as delivered on stage during the Olympic Games is basically a commemoration to the ancient Prometheus act that was stolen from the gods by the Titan and handed over to the people - the flame of knowledge, from which was born the culture and civilization.
In Greek antiquity was a religious ritual designed to bring people closer to the Gods.
The second act of the work based on the tragedy "Trachiniae" by Sophocles.
On Trachiniae, the suffering and mortality of people represented by Deianeira, which she is expiated by her tragic death. Nessus the centaur tries to steal Deianira from Heracles. Angry, Heracles shoots him with his arrows dipped in the poisonous blood of the Lernaean Hydra. Thinking of revenge, Nessus gives Deianira his blood-soaked tunic before he dies, telling her it will "excite the love of her husband".
Deianira, remembering Nessus' words, gives Heracles the bloodstained shirt. However, it is still covered in the Hydra's blood from Heracles' arrows, and this poisons him, tearing his skin and exposing his bones.
At the end of the opera, Prometheus comes after the sacrament of reconciliation with Zeus, and in an apotheosis, Heracles rises to Olympus. It is the reconciliation of people with the God in times of demigods.
The Olympic Flame is an important work of Greek mythology and philosophy, which contributes to the global modern culture.
Panagiotis Karousos has composed music of
romantic exaltation inspired by the Ancient Greek beauty (Kallos), as the central idea of the Ancient Greek Spirit, with suffused high lyricism and exuberant romantic fervor. After presenting the premiere of the opera in Canada "Olympic Flame" was evaluated as a work of a genius mind of melodies, comparable to the great works of the classical repertoire.
The opera premiered in Montreal, Canada at the majestic Notre-Dame Basilica in 2005 and in New York in 2007. In Greece the opera presented in the Festival of Papagou 2013, and in Aegina Theatrical Festival Summer 2013.