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Α tribute to the jazz legend Charlie Parker and specifically to his 1949-50 recordings for jazz quartet accompanied by a string section, oboe, harp and sometimes French horn, titled “Bird with strings”. This legendary recording created a new vogue for jazz soloists to incorporate a string ensemble into their standard jazz section, a trend still in fashion in our days. Charlie Parker, also known as “Bird”, intended to play with strings as early as 1941 as he was always searching for new colours in his music-making. The Charis Ioannou Quartet along with the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra pay homage to this repertoire that sounds fascinating and colourful.

The programme opens with the world premiere of the piece Modus Vivendi, in jazz fusion style, written by our own Robert Hovanesyan, 2nd violin tutti, and also talented composer with a special flair for jazz. Robert’s personal reflection in connection to this composition is that: “Life is unpredictable.  Everyone is looking for their own modus vivendi – way of living – in order to survive...”

Robert Hovanesyan: Modus Vivendi for strings [World Premiere]

Charlie Parker: Bird with strings

Soloists: The Charis Ioannou Quartet

Conductor: Gerardo Estrada Martínez

Supporters: Pafos Municipality, Rialto Theatre, Limassol Municipality

Ticket prices: €12, €7 (18-26 yrs, pensioners), €5 (under 18)

Lefkosia: Wednesday 30 June 2021

Pallas Theatre, Pafos Gate, 20:30

Pafos: Thursday 1 July 2021

Markideio Municipal Theatre, 20:30

Lemesos: Friday 2 July 2021

Rialto Theatre, 20:30

Ticket presales:

  • For concerts in Lefkosia and Pafos, online at

  • For the concert in Lefkosia, tickets are also available at the Pallas Theatre Box Office every Wednesday 16:00-19:00.

  • For the concert at the Rialto Theatre, online at - Rialto App and at the Box Office, Mon-Fri 10:00-15:00.

  • Τickets will not be available at the theatre box offices on the concert day.

Pallas Theatre, Pafos Gate (Rigainis and Arsinois corner, 1010 Lefkosia, 22 410181)

Markideio Municipal Theatre (Andrea Geroudi 27, 8010 Pafos, 26 22228)

Rialto Theatre (Andrea Drousioti 19, Heroes Square, 3040 Lemesos, 77777745)

Information: 22 463144,

For more information you may contact Constantia Elia at 22 463135, email:

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