The Cyprus Symphony Orchestra 2017 season is coming to a close and what better way for the orchestra to complete its run than to be part of two performances that are built on the emblematic motto of the European of Capital of Culture Pafos2017 of ‘linking continents – bridging cultures.’
The orchestra will perform under the name The Bridge of Music on Friday in Nicosia and then move to Paphos to be part of the Pafos2017 official programme on Saturday. The concerts will bring together Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot artists to a present a comprehensive programme containing harmony, rhythm and melody as raw materials.
Soloists Charis Hatzigeorgiou on violin and Esra Poyrazoglu Alpan on piano will join the orchestra to perform Joseph Haydn’s L’isola disabitata (The desert island) and his Concerto for violin and piano in F major.
L’isola disabitata was Haydn’s tenth opera and had its premiere at the Esterhazy Court in December 1779. The opera is today remembered primarily for its dramatic Sturm und Drang overture, typical of the proto-Romantic movement which shaped the German-speaking world of literature and music between the late 1760s and the early 1780s. The Concerto for violin and piano in F major is one of seven Haydn wrote for himself to play.
The concert programme will also include seven traditional songs by Alkis Baltas. These songs, with genuine melodies and a rich palette of orchestral sounds, were inspired by such local songs as Tessera Pallikarka, Agapisa tin pou Karkias and Tshakkara-Makkara. Also on the agenda will be Cyprus Capriccio by Ali Hoca – who will also be the conductor for the night. This piece was inspired by the melodies, rhythms and modes of Cyprus such as the Zeybek, Syrto, Tsiftetelli and the Mandra traditional dance.
The Bridge of Music
Live performance by the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra and soloists. June 23. Pallas Theatre, Nicosia. 8.30pm. €12/7/5/3. Tel: 22-463144
June 24. Tala Amphitheatre, Paphos.