4 With the sounds of Nuevo Tango
Cyprus Symphony Orchestra
Friday 20:30 (65’)
Enjoy the sizzling rhythms and sounds of Nuevo Tango, the revolutionary new style of tango created by Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla in the mid-20th century. Incorporating elements from classical and jazz music into the traditional Argentinian tango, his work takes us straight to the heart of the most intense human emotions.
The year 2021 marks the 100th anniversary of Astor Piazzolla’s birth, which we celebrate with two of his most representative works: Four Seasons of Buenos Aires (Estaciones Porteñas) and the mysterious and tense Tangazo: Variations on Buenos Aires.
The programme also features the world premiere of Concerto for three guitars by contemporary Argentinian composer/guitarist Maximo Diego Pujol, following in Piazzolla’s footsteps, merging the traditional tango and folk genres with classical forms and styles.
Soloist: Νikos Pittas, violin
Cyprus Guitar Trio (Vasilios Avraam, Socrates Leptos, George Christofi)
Conductor: Μiltos Logiadis
5 The Greek portrait of Federico Garcia Lorca
Saturday 20:30 (90’)
Federico Garcia Lorca’s work finds a fertile ground in the Greek intellectual world since the quests of the Spanish poet are intrinsically related to Innovation and Secularism in post-war Greece.
The starting point was Blood Wedding, which was staged by Karolos Koun Theatro Technis, based on a translation by Nikos Gatsos, with music composed by Manos Hadjidakis (1948). Romancero Gitano then followed with music composed by Thodorakis, based on an adaptation by Odysseas Elytis (1967). Having at the epicentre the works Blood Wedding, adapted for voice, guitar and cello, as well as Romancero Gitano, adapted for guitar and voice, both presented for the first time in this form in Cyprus, the event pays tribute to one of the world’s most beloved and sung poets. A number of other selected songs based on Lorca’s poetry, composed by renowned artists, will also be presented, and accompanied by lyrics, texts and images that showcase important aspects of the Spanish poet’s work.
Lorca is part of our collective culture since Greek artists and authors have approached his work in their own unique way, thus illustrating the Greek portrait of Federico Garcia Lorca.
Voice: Angelina Soteriou
Violoncello / Narration: Mariliza Papadouri
Guitar / Orchestration / Adaptation: Dimitris Papagelidis
Tickets: €12 /10
9,10,11 Tatiana Stupak & Friends 2021 concerts
Wednesday 19:30 (75’)
Every June since 2016, Russian pianist Tatiana Stupak has been organising a charity concert in Limassol to celebrate her birthday. This year, due to Covid restrictions, she will hold concerts on three successive evenings with a different musical theme. In this first concert, she will be accompanying mezzo-soprano singer Anastasia Maximova, in a repertoire of well-known pieces, including some operatic arias.
Tatiana studied at the Special School of the Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatory in St. Petersburg, and has received multiple awards at piano competitions. She is very well known in Cyprus, having played piano at more than 80 events during the past years, both as a soloist and together with other musicians.
Anastasia Maximova is a graduate of the Rimsky-Korsakov St. Petersburg State Conservatory. She is well known as a songwriter, including pop songs, and as a film composer. She is also the founder and art director of the first Russian interactive opera theatre “Midnight Opera”, where the soloists involve the audience to take part in opera performances. In addition to her amazing voice, she also has a strong stage energy, fascinating spectators everywhere.
The net proceeds of the three concerts will be given to the Holy Temple of the Archangel Michael & the Chapel of St Matrona Monovolikos, Limassol.
10 Tatiana Stupak & Friends 2021 concerts
Thursday 19:30 (75’)
In this second concert, Tatiana Stupak hosts exceptional string soloists Olivera Rialas (violin), and Fabio Cavaggion (cello).
Olivera Rialas graduated from Belgrade University and continued her studies at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest. She has performed throughout Europe, China and the USA, where she played several times at Carnegie Hall. She was a violin professor at the University of Nĭs College of Music and at the Long Island Conservatory, where she was appointed as Chair of the String Department from 2002-2004. She founded the “Performing Arts Factory” in Belgrade. Since moving to Cyprus, she has continued her performing and teaching career.
Fabio Cavaggion, after his postgraduate studies, he joined the National Youth Orchestra of Santa Cecilia. He has had a distinguished career with orchestras in Italy, Malta and Portugal, as well as with famous actress Valentina Cortese in Theatre Argentina, Rome. Later on in his career, he decided to quit playing in orchestras, in order to experiment with different fields, playing in open spaces.
11 Tatiana Stupak & Friends 2021 concerts
Friday 19:30 (75’)
In this third and final concert, Russian pianist Tatiana Stupak invites her own students on stage, performing together an interesting repertoire of varied musical themes and instruments.
13 Beloved songs of the Greek boite era
Sunday 20:30 (75’)
A concert presenting some of the most legendary songs of the Greek New Wave movement and the Athenian “boites” of the 60-70s, such as Apanemia and Esperides. A musical journey to the nostalgic atmosphere of these tiny spaces, where friends and softly-whispered love songs take the lead.
A compilation of our heart’s most beloved songs written by some of the greatest Greek composers.
Singing: Elena Yiannakou, Christos Shaelis
Bouzouki: Theodoulos Paraskevaidis –
Acoustic bass: Ioannis Karseras
Music supervision / Piano: Antonis Polykarpou
Selection of songs and artistic curation: Michalis Pourgouridis
16 Sounds of Winds
Cyprus Symphony Orchestra
Wednesday 20:30 (65’)
Under the baton of conductor Zoe Tsokanou and the CySO’s principal trumpetist, Gareth Griffiths, as the soloist, the CySO proposes a programme purely dedicated to music for wind instruments. The concert presents a fine selection of three pieces composed between 1878 and 1974 featuring characteristic sound colours from the composers’ countries of origin: Antonín Dvořák (Bohemia), Gordon Jacob (England) and Jean Francaix (France).
Dvořák’s Serenade for wind instruments in D minor (1878) is a magnificent work whose composition was inspired by one of Mozart’s wind serenades.
Francaix’s Le gay Paris (1974) for trumpet and wind ensemble is a light-hearted piece full of humorous dialogues between the soloist and the wind instruments.
We close our concert with Jacob’s Old Wine in New Bottles (1959) that is based on four early English folk songs, to which the composer adds his own unique musical twist, thus making them all the more enjoyable and fun.
Antonín Dvořák: Serenade for wind instruments, op. 44
Jean Françaix: Le Gay Paris for trumpet and wind ensemble
Gordon Jacob: Old Wine in New Bottles
Soloist: Gareth Griffiths (trumpet) I Conductor: Zoe Tsokanou
17 A Mirror
Thursday 20:30 (40’)
A performance about the loneliness and social isolation that we have been experiencing these days, the meaning of loneliness rendered both through stories of people living among us, as well as through Loneliness itself.
“I am walking around the theatre. Not because I have nothing else to do, but rather because I want to talk to you. What is greater than this space, where “seeing” is at its heart, where I will see you but you will also see me. Let’s look in the mirror, be honest for once, just for once, be true, not fake, not incomplete. You will become my mirror and I will become yours. You are most welcome to follow me”.
Text: Eleftheriakos (Ilias Vagenas)
Performance – Adaptation in the Cypriot dialect: Yiolanda Christodoulou
Music composition / Electric guitar: Yiorgos Bizios
Live sound design: Dimitris Savva
Photography: Andreas Ieridis
Tickets: €12 / 10
21 World Music Day
Monday 20:30 (70’)
The Alliance Française of Limassol in collaboration with the Limassol Municipality the RIALTO Theater, the French Embassy and the French Institute in Cyprus and the radio KANALI 6 organise the Music Day on the occasion of the World Music Day established in 1982 on the initiative of the French Minister of Culture, Jacques Lang, and celebrated all over Europe.
Internationally renowned Cypriot singer Vakia Stavrou participates in a multicultural repertoire from many parts of the world accompanied by the distinguished pianist Manolis Neophytou.
Free entrance. Tickets must be booked in advance.
24 Famagusta: Odyssey of the return
Thursday 19:30 (150’)
Famagusta Municipality organizes a symposium on the 450 years from the Siege and Fall of Famagusta.
Coordinated by: Dr Petros Papapolyviou, Associate Professor, Department of History and Archaeology, University of Cyprus
1. Dr Angel Nicolaou-Konnari - Associate Professor, Department of History and Archaeology, University of Cyprus. President of the Department.
“Famous Famagusta stands invincible | how could its sword be taken?”: The siege of Famagusta and its fall to the Ottomans (29 July 1570 – 5 August 1571).
2. Dr Michalis Olympios, Associate Professor, Department of History and Archaeology, University of Cyprus.
“Aphrodite meets Godfrey de Bouillon: a (very) brief chronicle of the medieval city of Famagusta through its monuments”.
3. Mimis Sophocleous, Director of Historical Archives and Research Centre of Limassol
“Famagusta on the cultural map of Cyprus: no longer a ghost city, but an imaginary city”.
The symposium will also be streamed online via Famagusta Municipality’s website:
Free entrance. Tickets must be booked in advance.
29 Waiting for Godot
Rialto Open air
Tuesday 20:30 (95’)
The emblematic paly of Samuel Beckett Waiting for Godot has been translated and adapted in Greek- and Turkish Cypriot dialect by director Kostas Silvestros.
In this performance of AntiLogos Theatre the two dialects merge and become one.
The intense need for communication of the two heroes, removes every obstacle in their communication, even that of language.
Directing: Kostas Silvestros
Set and costum design: Thelma Kasoulidou
Sound landscape: Antonis Antoniou
Lighting design: Koulis Siamptanis
Cast: Izel Seylani, George Kyriakos
Tickets: €12 / 10