Syros 3 21.7.2012

Press Contact: Dale Zeidman, 212-239-0205
Hundreds of musicians, dancers & actors will take
center stage at 8th Annual International Festival of the
Aegean, July 9-22, in Syros, Greece
The International Festival of the Aegean kicks off its eighth season on the Island of Syros, Greece, on
July 9, and runs through July 22, 2012, announced Peter Tiboris, Festival Founder and General Director.
More than 400 artists will perform at the Festival, including 19 choirs from the USA, Canada, France, and
Greece; guest conductors; dancers; actors from Great Britain and the USA; a piano trio from New
Zealand; and solo artists.
Mr. Tiboris said: “This is going to be an extraordinary Festival with a wide range of music, and
performances from the worlds of theater, ballet, and music—and everything in between. World-class
artists will be appearing in many roles, not only as on-stage performers but also in artistic development.
We have stretched the Festival to another amazing level.”
The International Festival of the Aegean was named “Best Summer Festival in Greater Greece for 2011”
by the Union of Greek Theatre and Music Critics of Athens, Greece.
The award will be presented to Mr. Tiboris and the Island of Syros by Mayor Yiannis Dekavalles on July
9, opening night at the Apollo Theater (“La piccola scala”) in Syros.
Also that evening, Mr. Tiboris will conduct the Symphony Orchestra of the National Theater of Opera
and Ballet, Tirana, Albania (Zhani Ciko, General Director) in two Beethoven works, the “Emperor”
Concerto with pianist Dimitris Sgouros, and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.
On July 10, 12, and 14, Richard Strauss’ opera Salome will be given its first performance at the Festival.
In the title role will be the Finnish-Canadian soprano Eilana Lappalainen, who has sung the demanding
role throughout the world from Japan, to New York, and to Tel Aviv. Other artists performing leading
roles are Peter Svensson, Tenor, as Herod; Graciela Araya, Mezzo-soprano, as Herodias; Anooshah
Golesorki, Baritone, as Jochanaan; Keith Ikaia-Purdy, Tenor, as Narraboth; and Maria, Ratkova, Soprano,
as the Page of Herodias. The opera will be conducted by Wiktor Bockman of Zurich, Switzerland; and
directed by Dirk Schattner of Hamburg, Germany. Lighting is by Jens Hübner.
On July 11, a Symphony and Choral Evening will take place featuring Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater conducted
by Francis Bardot, of Paris, France; and Schubert’s Symphony No. 5 in B-flat major, D. 485, conducted
by Mr. Tiboris.
The Third Annual Sunset Concert Music Series at St. Nicholas Church will take place at 6 p.m. on July
13. The choruses performing are Yellow Rose Singers, San Antonio, TX, Gary L. Mabry, Director;
Choeur d’Enfants d’Ile-de-France, Paris, Francis Bardot, Director; Ambitus Choir, Athens, Greece,
Katerina Vasilikou, Director; and Corfu Island Children’s Choir & Corfu Mixed Chorus, Greece,
Christina Kalliaridou, Director. This concert is free and open to the public.On July 13, the New Zealand Chamber Soloists (Lara Hall, Violin; James Tennant, Cello; Katherine
Austin, Piano) will make their Festival Debut in Beethoven’s Triple Concerto conducted by Mr. Tiboris.
He will also conduct Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony.
A new program, “One Hour Rush Concert,” will be inaugurated on July 14 from 6-7 p.m. Works to be
performed by the New Zealand Chamber Soloists are Mozart’s Trio in B-flat major, K.502; Kalomiri’s
Violin Sonata (commemorating the 50th anniversary of his death); and Psathas’ Three Island Songs. This
concert will be free and open to the public.
On July 15 in Miaoulli Plateia at 10 p.m., the Second Annual “Under the Stars” concert will be
performed. British composer and conductor John Rutter leads a chorus of 320 voices in his Magnificat.
Following, Zhani Ciko, General Director of the Symphony Orchestra of the National Theater of Opera
and Ballet, Tirana, Albania, will conduct Nikola Zoraqi’s Festival Overture and Thoma Gaqi’s Albanian
Dance (with tambour). Peter Tiboris will conduct Ravel’s Bolero which will be danced by Maria
Kousouni, principal dancer of the Greek National Opera (Renato Zanella, Choreographer); and the finale
of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony (“Choral”) featuring all of the choirs.
Pianist Christos Papageorgeou will make his Festival debut on July 16 performing a solo piano recital
“Stylistic Variations on a Song by Mikis Theodorakis” in the manner of the styles of composers past and
present.
On Tuesday, July 17, Aquila Theater of New York City returns to the Festival for a performance of
Euripides’ Heracles, with a cast from the USA and Great Britain.
On July 19, principals, soloists and chorus dancers of the Greek National Opera Ballet will perform a new
work to music by Johann Strauss II, “Alles Walzer” (Everyone’s Waltzing); as well as Brian Eno/Laurie
Anderson/John Hassel’s “Empty Places;” Minkus’ Don Quixote pas de deux; Prokofiev’s Romeo and
Juliet pas de deux; and J. Strauss II’s Blue Danube pas de deux. All works are choreographed by Renato
Zanella.
The Greek Opera Studio, founded by Eilana Lappalainen, Artistic Director, will spotlight young artists
performing excerpts and scenes from the operatic music of Puccini and Mozart, among others, on July 20.
The final performances at the Festival, on July 21 and 21, will be repeats of the ballet program of July 19.
Tickets for the Festival of the Aegean are available at the Apollo Theater (“La piccola scala”), where
most of the events will take place, on a daily basis (22810 85192) and through http://www.ticketservices.gr.

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