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Delphi Festival 2018

The Delphi Festival 2018 aims to highlight an important and unique place, that once was the center of the ancient world. From the 15th to the 30th of June and 10-12 of August, musical and theatrical events will be presented in selected places of the Municipalities of Delphi and Dorida, highlighting the cultural richness, natural beauty and rich history of the Delphi area.

Under the artistic direction of composer Dimitris Maramis, the Delphi Festival 2018 will focus on contemporary Greek music creation by associating it with theatre and poetry.

First performances, assignments of new works, presentations of young artists and collaborations with important cultural institutions such as the National Opera, the Athens Concert Hall and the Greek Art Theater Karolos Koun constitute the identity of this year’s event.

Presale of tickets starts today (Monday) through the site https://www.ticketservices.gr/event/delphi-festival-2018/ and at 39 Panepistimiou (Athens), the Tourist Kiosk (Delphi), and at bookstores in Amfissa (Anazitissi bookstore), Itea (Diametros) and Galaxidi (Exantas).

Delphi Festival 2018 – the program

  • June 15-16
    Piano works by Manos Hadjidakis

    Manos Hadjidakis - Delphi Festival 2018 - thedelphiguide.com The emblematic piano works by the magnificent Greek composer Manos Hadjidakis, which were presented with great success by the Alternative Stage of the Greek National Opera under Giorgos Hadjidakis art direction, will be presented in the yard of Sikelianos House in Delphi within the framework of the Delphi Festival 2018.
    The piano works to be presented are: For a Small White Clam, Six Folk Paintings, Wilderness, Ionian Suite, The Cursed Serpent. In addition, the program, especially for the Delphi Festival 2018, includes the work Kapetan Michalis based on the homonym novel by Nikos Kazantzakis.
    The works will be interpreted by the distinguished pianists of the new generation Stefanos Thomopoulos and Thodoris Tzovanakis, accompanied by the baritone Dionysios Sourbis.
    In his piano works, Manos Hadjidakis expresses a personal musical idiom conversing with the classical form by making reference both to classical composers and to Greek folk and the so called rebetika music.
    Production: Alternative Stage of the Greek National Opera
    Soloist: Thodoris Tzovanakis, Stefanos Thomopoulos
    Song: Dionysios Sourbis

    event info
    event: Piano works by Manos Hadjidakis
    where: Sikelianos House, Delphi
    when: Sunday – Monday, June 17–18, 2018 starting time: 21:00

  • June 17-18
    Agamemnon by Aeschylus / Euripides

    Agamemnon - Delphi Festival 2018 - thedelphiguide.com The work is a combination of Agamemnon by Aeschylus and Iphigenia at Aulis by Euripides. It is a chamber music work for three voices (two actors and a musician) about Agamemnon: the cause of the war, his daughter’s sacrifice, his return to Argos and his assassination by his wife Clytemnestra. It is a coproduction of the Greek Art Theatre Karolos Koun and Omada Chroma. It was first staged and for only four sold out performances in the Greek Art Theatre (Frinichou) in October 2017, and then for ten performances in Thissio – A Theatre for the Arts in January 2018.
    Co-production Greek Art Theatre – Omada Chroma. Direction by Konstantinos Hatzis and musical composition by the world famous composer and musical director of the Greek National Opera Giorgos Koumendakis.
    Artists: Leda Protopsalti, Giorgos Papapavlou and Dionysis Vervitsiotis (violin)
    Direction: Konstantinos Hatzis
    Musical composition: Giorgos Koumendakis
    Translation of excerpts: K. Ch. Myris
    Installation art: George Bounias
    Costumes: Vasiliki Syrma
    Movement : Christiana Felouka
    Photography: Haris Germanidis

    event info
    event: Agamemnon by Aeschylus / Euripides
    where: Delphi, in the Roman Agora of the archaeological site of Delphi
    when: Sunday-Monday, June 17-18, 2018 starting time: 19:00

  • June 22
    Modern Greek Composers by 8tetto

    8tetto - Delphi Festival 2018 - thedelphiguide.com The a cappella vocal group 8tetto, a form that brings out the musical dynamics of eight voices without instrumental accompaniment, present their new musical performance «Modern Greek Composers».
    Works by: Sergios Voudris, Eleni Karavouzis, Themis Karamouratidis, Giorgos Kouroupos, Kostis Kritsotakis, Nikos Kypourgos, Dimitris Maramis, Alkis Baltas, Thodoris Oikonomou, Nikos Platyrachos, Evanthia Reboutsika, Maria Saplaoura, Phlippos Tsalachouris.

    8tetto
    Sopranos: Penny Deligianni, Annie Fassea
    Mezo: Gina Markouli, Antonia Tzitzika
    Tenors: Stratis Stil, Nikos Ziaziaris
    Bass: Elias Kapadais, Dimitris Alexoudis
    Musical preparation: Alexandros Faris

    event info
    event: 8tetto – Modern Greek Composers where: Galaxidi
    when: Friday, June 22, 2018, at 21:00

  • June 23-24
    Lyricos Vios New composers write music for works by Angelos Sikelianos

    Sikelianos - Delphi Festival 2018 - thedelphiguide.com Talented composers of the new generation have been assigned by the Delphi Festival to write music for the poetry of Angelos Sikelianos.
    The name of Angelos Sikelianos, one of the leading figures of the 20th century Greek poetry, together with his American wife Eva Palmer has been connected with the revival of the «Delphic Idea» and the organization of the Delphic Festivals in 1927 and 1930, which rendered Delphi the centre of world interest again.
    Composers of different musical temperament, each one of them having his own career in Greek music, Haris Gatzoflias, Christos Theodorou, Kalogeraki brothers and Fenia Christou, join their talents by writing music for poems by Sikelianos, a poet that harmonizes Dionysian sensuality with Apollonian light.
    The outcome of this assignment is twelve new songs which will be played for the first time in the yard of Sikelianos’ House in Delphi, i.e. the space that provided the basis for the Delphic Festivals.
    The program is also enriched with other songs written by the above mentioned composers (mainly music written for poems by contemporary with Sikelianos poets) and will end with songs by premier Greek composers e.g. Hatzidakis, Theodorakis, Xarchakos, etc.
    Works performed for the first time:
    Haris Gatzoflias: Ionian Rhapsodies | Alafroiskiotos (The Light-Shadowed) | Chrysofrydi (The Woman with Golden Eyebrows)
    Christos Theodorou: To Maria Polydouri | Letters to Anna | First Rain
    Kalogeraki brothers: In Saint Luke’s Monastery | Adjessivano’s Suicide | Nascent
    Fenia Christou: Ode to a Lost Love | Love | The Greeting

    event info
    event: 8tetto – Modern Greek Composers where: Sikelianos House – Delphi
    when: Saturday, June 23, 2018, at 21:00

    where: Panourgias House – Amfissa – Delphi
    when: June 24, 2018, at 21:00

  • June 30
    Haunted by Dimitris Maramis

    Dimitris Maramis "Haunted" opera - Delphi Festival 2018 - thedelphiguide.com Haunted by Dimitris Maramis is based on the famous tall story/parable The Dead Brother’s Song, the superb folk song of intensely dramatic and metaphysical character that deals with the popular folklore about vampires.
    This song, also found in different variations all over the Balkan countries as well as in several countries of central Europe, connects man to his primitive fears and folklore and serves as a bridge between modern and bygone era.
    The second song The Ghost of Charmaina, with lyrics by Sotiris Trivizas, utilizes a legend of the Amfissa region. It is about an unrequited love that leads to suicide and refers to the folklore about «ghosts» i.e. the spirit of the dead who cannot find rest.
    Both songs are interconnected with common expressive ways and themes and provide us with a picture of a pre-industrial society, a society definitely poorer in material things but richer in poetry and magic.
    The work has been assigned by Athens Concert Hall, and will be performed in its complete staged form in Alexandra Trianti Hall, in 2019.
    Artists: Thodoris Voutsikakis, Eleni Dimopoulou, Argiro Kaparou Vassilis Dimakopoulos, Vasiliki Karakosta.

    event info
    event: Haunted by Dimitris Maramis
    where: Amfissa, Charmaina district
    when: Saturday, June 30, 2018 at 21:00

    where: Krokyleio
    when: Saturday, August 11, 2018 at 21:00

  • August 10
    The Pioneers (Protomastores) Traditional Greek Music Virtuosos

    Protomastores - Delphi Festival 2018 - thedelphiguide.com Areti Ketime and Yiannis Niarchos collaborate on songs, in a musical performance dedicated to the “pioneers” whose works defined the 20th century music in Greece, the Balkans, and Eastern Mediterranean countries. A concert of traditional music of Greece and the Balkans performed by distinguished virtuosos.
    The recently formed ensemble consists of:
    clarinet: Giorgos Kotsinis
    oud-lute-vocals: Thomas Konstantinou
    violin-vocals: Manolis Kottoros
    zither: Stavroula Spanou
    double-bass: Giannis Plagiannakos
    drums-vocals: Kostas Meretakis

    event info
    event: The Pioneers Traditional Greek Music Virtuosos
    where: Itea, Port
    when: Friday, August 10, 2018 at 21:00

More information is available at www.delphifestival.gr


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