Today is as good a day as any to plan ahead and see what musical choices are coming up on Friday. There is much to choose from in Nicosia, Limassol, Larnaca and Paphos.
Starting off in Paphos and the union of four saxophones, the EUC Sax Quartet II will perform at Technopolis 20 Cultural Centre at 8.30pm under the stars. The quartet, formed in 2006 with Yiannis Miralis (soprano sax), associate professor of saxophone and music education and Vice-Dean at EUC; Vicky Siafaka (alto sax), EUC graduate; Christos Papadopoulos (tenor sax) and Panagiotis Souroullas (baritone saxophone), will perform a repertoire ranging from classical arrangements to original and standard compositions, as well as arrangements of pop and jazz songs.
In Nicosia, the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra will flood Phaneromeni Square with music by Georges Bizet, Astor Piazzolla, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Gioachino Rossini and Johannes Brahms. But the music does not stop there, the orchestra will also be joined by popular Cypriot baritone Kyros Patsalides, who promises to raise everyone’s spirits with operatic favourites. Patsalides will also perform Greek Hassapiko pieces and Greek-Cypriot songs.
If orchestra music doesn’t do it for you and pop music from the mouths of Greek singers does, then head to Red music stage where Giannis Vardis will set the tone with Girogos Lianos. The pair have been sharing the stage for a while now, so you know that the act has been perfected.
Vardis – son of Antonis Vardis – first appearance in the music world was on his father’s album Stin Ellas to 2000 (In Greece in 2000). On this album and on the album Tha Se Perimeno (I Will Wait For You) he sang duets with his father. But the singer has not only collaborated with his father, he has also worked with Giorgos Dallaras, Antonis Remos, Keti Garbi and other artists.
Lianos rose to fame after his appearance on the talent show Fame Story 3, where he won second place. After the talent show he released his first album in 2006 entitled Sti Mesi (In the Middle). Since then he has been rising from the middle to the top.
In Limassol, composer, pianist and singer Stefanos Korkolis will be joined by singer Sofia Manousaki to perform at Little Salamina. The pair – who have performed together on our island a number of times now – will perform works by the great Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis.
The net proceeds of the event will enhance the services of Pancyprian Association of Cancer Patients and Friends (PASYKAF).
If Larnaca is your choice of city and you like some Greek pop then head down to Makarios Stadium where Greek singer Georgos Tsalikis will have you partying into the wee hours of the morning.
Tsalikis’ career took off in 2001, when he decided that he didn’t want to practice medicine but rather make the stage his operating room. Since then he has had many hits, worked with many well-known Greek artists and has made sure that Greece’s night life never suffered a depression.
Euc Sax Quartet
A live jazz performance. September 15. Technopolis 20 Cultural Centre, Paphos. 8.30pm. €10. Tel: 70-002420
Warm Autumn Night’s Music
Concert by the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra and soloist Kyros Patsalides. September 15. Faneromeni Square, Nicosia. 8.30pm. Free. Tel: 22-463101
Giannis Vardis and Giorgos Lianos
Live performance by the Greek singers. September 15. Red Music Stage, Nicosia. 10pm. €20. Tel: 22-767711
Stefanos Korkolis and Sofia Manousaki
Live performance by the Greek pianist and singer. September 15. Little Salamina, Sculpture Park Filippos Yiapanis, Fasoula, Limassol. 8.30pm. €20. Tel: 25-747750
Live performance by the Greek singer. September 15. Makario Stadium Xylofagou, 25th March, Xylofagou, Larnaca. 9.30pm. €10/12/30. Tel: 96-957702