When the Athens Concert Hall in Athens Greece opened in 1991 Greece acquired for the first time a state-of-the-art cultural centre of international status, which has gone on to earn considerable respect for the quality of its acoustics.
In the twenty years since it opened the Concert Hall has grown into a versatile, multi-faceted workshop of cultural and artistic activity.
A real Christmas treat for lovers of classical ballet of all ages, Swan Lake, will be presented at Megaron Athens Concert Hall for twenty-two performances, featuring some of the best-known names of international ballet.
The visual arts event of Megaron Athens Concert Hall in Athens, Greece which will mark the end of this year and the beginning of the next is the exhibition of works by the painter, teacher and academician Panayiotis Tetsis, organized under the title Panayiotis Tetsis: Painting today.
The eminent Greek performer Maria Farandouri encounters the «father of world music» Charles Lloyd in a concert that offers a remarkable and original combination of Greek traditional music and jazz at the Athens Concert Hall (Megaron Mousikis) in Athens, Greece.
«Orpheus and Eurydice» & «Dido and Aeneas» - Two Love Stories
The famous contemporary dance troupe, and the most representative ensemble of artists in Canada, La La La Human Steps will be appearing for the first time in Athens, Greece with their complex and original choreography, ranging in style from gentle lyricism to the extremes of bodily expression.
Two stars of international ballet, Alina Cojocaru (Covent Garden) and Alina Somova (Mariinsky Ballet) will perform the role of Giselle in the masterpiece of the same name, partnered by Johan Kobborg and David Makhateli (principal dancers at Covent Garden) at Megaron Mousikis inAthens, Greece.
After almost a year, the soloists of the astounding Vienna Philharmonic (the best in the world as stated by Wagner) are back in Athens, Greece for a wonderful concert. The «Wiener Mozartisten» ensemble consists of soloists of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, which the Athenian audience enjoyed in a unique concert in June 2010 at the Athens Concert Hall.
Famous actress Charlotte Rampling and Greek-French actor Polydoros Voyatzis will present the literary encounter between Constantine Cavafy and Marguerite Yourcenar on 11 November at the Megaron-Athens Concert Hall. This unique presentation will be accompanied by Varvara Gyra on guitar. The special atmosphere of the performance is created by the powerful presentation and recitation of the better known and beloved works of these two great literati.
With 17 Grammy awards, two Grammy Hall of Fame Awards and nine Downbeat Readers and Critics Poll Awards, the historic orchestra that bears the name of jazz legend Count Basie is coming to the Megaron-Athens Concert Hall on 2 November for a concert under the direction of Dennis Mackrel and featuring leading musicians.
Daniela Dessi and Fabio Armiliato are taking part in an evening of opera dedicated to Giacomo Puccini at the "Megaron" Athens Concert Hall on 19 May. Italian diva Dessi has been described as the most accomplished singer of Puccini's work, while Armiliato is among the most important tenors of the last decade. The Orchestra of Colours accompanying the artists will be conducted by Marko Boemi.
World-famous tenor Jose Cura will be in Athens, Greece for a special evening on 17 April at the "Megaron" Athens Concert Hall. JoseCura is known to classical music lovers for his innovative interpretation of leading operatic roles, such as Othello and Sampson from the works of the same name. He is the first artist to sing and conduct the orchestra simultaneously and the first to combine song and symphonic works at concerts in the form of "half and half."
As unbelievable as it may seem, the music of British legends Pink Floyd will be heard 12-14 April at the "Megaron" Athens Concert Hall. The unique Pink Floyd sound will come alive on the "Alexandra Trianti" stage through the famed dancers of the Teatro alla Scala Ballet, featuring special scenery and amazing lighting effects. Roland Petit provides the explosive choreography set to the music of the legendary Pink Floyd.
Twelve dancers and eight musicians of the Mevlevi Whirling Dervishes, the oldest Dervish regiment, are coming to Athens, Greece for an evening of mysticism on 27 March at the "Megaron" Athens Concert Hall. The Dervishes, an authentic expression of Islamic mysticism through a centuries-old dance ritual, seek to purify the human soul. Through the dance, they transmit their experience of ecstasy. Don't miss this compelling performance at the "Megaron" Athens Concert Hall.
Bassist Miroslav Vitous, one of the founders of Weather Report, one of the best known modern jazz groups, will be appearing live at the "Megaron" Athens Concert Hall on 28 March. Vitous has made a significant contribution to shaping the group's profile with his free compositions and high-level improvisation, where instruments enjoy equal treatment and participation. During this period of time, some of Vitous' executions have been described as phenomena in the history of jazz.
The creation of maestro Ivan Fischer, the exceptional Budapest Festival Orchestra will once again captivate audiences at the "Megaron" Athens Concert Hall on 22 and 23 March with a programme that will feature Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony nos. 4, 6, 7 and 9. The strong partnership between Fischer and the orchestra has resulted in its exemplary function.
Solisti Veneti first took the stage at "Megaron" Athens Concert Hall in 1993, when it was featured in the Chamber Music Series, and since then it has held the public's captive interest in its appearances. Solisti Veneti was formed by Claudio Scimone, a student of Dimitris Mitropoulos, in 1959, and it was immediately recognised as one of the best chamber music ensembles in the world. Solisti Veneti will be appearing at "Megaron" on 1 and 2 March with a different programme each day.
Famous diva and bewitching femme fatale Ute Lemper presents a new show dedicated to the legendary Astor Piazzolla and the "eternal passion" of tango for two nights in Athens, 20 and 21 February, at the Megaron, Athnes Concert Hall. It promises to be a musical journey from Buenos Aires to Paris, Berlin and New York aboard the most erotic songs in the world. It is tango by the great Argentine bandeonist, as well as by Jacques Brel, Kurt Weill, Klaus Schulze Sara Leib and Edith Piaf.
The universal sounds of Portuguese tradition have found their perfect outlet through the voice of Dulce Pontes, one of the top artists on the international music scene. Pontes returns to Athens a year after her highly successful appearance to present a concert at the Athens Concert Hall on 24 May.
Roberto Benigni will be in Athens to present excerpts from Dante's Divine Comedy in two performances at the Athens Concert Hall on 5 and 6 May. The famous Italian comic and director, who received three Oscars for his film Life is Beautiful, is touring internationally with a performance called Inferno e Paradiso, which presents Hell, one of the three parts of the Divine Comedy. He has especially selected to present the 5th Canto, which addresses the meaning of love, for his appearance in Athens.
Vincenzo Bellini's well-known opera I Puritani will be performed 24, 26, 28 and 30 April at the Athens Concert Hall by the Greek National Opera in a co-production with the Netherlands Opera and the Grand Theatre of Geneva. I Puritani, a melodrama serio in three parts, is the last opera written by Bellini. The libretto is by Carlo Pepoli and was based on Roundheads and Cavaliers (1833) by Jacques François Ancelot and Joseph Xavier Saintine.
Finnish opera singer Karita Mattila, one of the most famous sopranos in the world today, will be appearing alongside the BBC Symphony Orchestra of London under the direction of Jirí Belohlávek at the Athens Concert Hall on April 24 for a unique performance that is certain to captivate all opera lovers. Mattila is recognised as much for the magnificence and versatility of her lyric voice as for her amazing stage ability.
Shreefpunk blasts its way into the heads of its fans with a new sort of jazz. Jazz, punk, and sometimes even strings thrown into the bargain - who on earth would dream up something like this? Matthias Schriefl, a young musician from the Allgäu (South Germany), who brings all kinds of weird and wonderful ideas. Enjoy Schriefl's Shreefpunk live at the Athens Concert Hall 8 April.
L'Olimpiade is an opera libretto in three acts by Metastasio that was originally written for Antonio Caldara's 1733 opera. Following Caldara's success, more than 60 baroque and classical composers used the libretto in their own renditions. Enjoy this opera at the Athens Concert Hall on March 4.
An artists who knows how to emancipate his audience's imagination like no other, the man who can play in world class venues around the world and at the same time doesn't hesitate to play as a street musician in the Washington metro, the violin virtuoso Joshua Bell arrives in Athens for a unique concert on October 8 at the Athens Concert Hall.
For second consecutive year, a major cultural institution - the Athens Concert Hall - invites both Athenians and visitors to live a unique music experience. The so-called "Open Air Nights" consists of a number of concerts taking place throughout September by well known Greek musicians from various different fields of the music scene.
Already a key figure in the international contemporary dance scene despite his young age, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui brings an international production deeply rooted in the Buddhist ideology and tradition to the Athens Concert Hall on 26 July.