Thessaloniki: Open concert for the 100th anniversary of the Asia Minor Disaster – Video


The concert was organized in Aristotelous Square in collaboration with the municipality

In the crowd of people and passers-by Aristotelous Squarein the city center, the State Orchestra of Thessaloniki performed works by Greek and foreign composers in an open concert honoring and commemorating the 100-year anniversary of the Asia Minor Catastrophe.

The KTH is managed by its Artistic Director Zoe Tsokanou. The particularly talented flute soloist Stathis Karapanos, who excels abroad and in 2020 was awarded the so-called “Bernstein Prize”, while last May he received the “New Music Artist” Award from the Union of Greek Theater and Music Critics (EUTHMK).

The program started with the “Dodecanese Suite no. 1” by Yiannis Konstantinidis, a composition that gave new life to traditional songs of the Dodecanese, by a composer originally from Smyrna. This is followed by Fauré’s melancholic “Pavana” and the dramatic introduction from Verdi’s opera “The Force of Destiny” with the characteristic motif of Fate.

It is worth noting that KOTH will present the work of the Greek composer and pianist Achilleas Vastor “Time Lapse” for the first time in the world and then Glazunov’s “Introduction no. 1 on Three Greek Themes” will be heard. The program concludes with the emblematic “Zorba” by Mikis Theodorakis, in a transcription of the ballet suite for flute and orchestra, in its first pan-Hellenic performance.

The concert was organized in collaboration with the municipality of Thessaloniki and, as the mayor K. Zervas pointed out, the Greek Theater of Athens was supposed to perform in Aristotelous Square from the summer of 2014.

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