The Faneromeni 17 Arts Festival will come to a close on September 28 with a performance by the Commandaria Orchestra and soloist Emilia Barnaovska under the baton of Francis Guy.
This a one of a kind concert, which is organised by the Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation in collaboration with the Embassy of France in Cyprus, will bring works by monks who lived in Kerynia during the Middle Ages to the foundation’s courtyard plus other masterpieces from the mediaeval ages until today.
The concert will open with a performance of a work inspired by the renowned Torino Codex, the 14th century musical manuscript written at St Hilarion Monastery. Awarded Cypriot soprano Mariza Anastasiadi will begin this harmonious journey.
Under the name In Commanderie Vineyards, the orchestra aims at highlighting the musical culture of Cyprus and redefining classical music in such a way that everyone can be entertained and fascinated.
Speaking about the concert and its unique nature, maestro Guy – who was born and raised in Cyprus – said “our aim is to bring to the audience a purely high standard Cypriot production, which will present local composers and artists – something that the orchestra is missioned to do.
This concert, though, will also bear the signature of a renowned international artist (Barnaovska) with whom we have been working to share different and uncommon interpretational approaches with the audience.”
Guy is a conductor and musicologist who is well-known for publications that focus on western and southeastern European contemporary and mediaeval music creation.
Also to be performed at the concert will be works by composers who have drawn inspiration from antiquity, such as the Italian composer Ottorino Respighi, but also a work by Anastasia Guy – the composer’s mother – which was influenced by the story of the Administrative Unit of the Great Commandery of Cyprus and of the famed wine of the same name – Commandaria.
The concert’s theme and feel seem to perfectly fit the atmosphere of the old town. Commenting on this, Guy said Commanderie Vineyards is a themed concert which plans to take the audience on a journey to the Middle Ages in Cyprus and Europe.
“Solo compositions for cello or voice and orchestra compositions to be performed on September 28 will not only embody the Renaissance but also the celebration of harmony and order,” the maestro said.
The Renaissance may be an era that the concert will visit but its reference to wine and the name of the orchestra lead us to believe that the music performed will be merry.
The Commandaria Orchestra was founded in 2009 under the umbrella of the Cyprus Wine Museum, bringing wine, music and orchestra together.
Further speaking about the night’s programme, the conductor said “the epicentre of our concert is our guest French soloist cellist Emilia Baranovska, who will perform masterpieces Haydn’s cello concert in C.”
Baranovska is a Franco-Bulgarian concert cellist and pedagogue. She started her international career at the age of 19 and she has performed and collaborated with prestigious artists, orchestras and in important festivals around the world.
Performance by the Commandaria Orchestra and soloist Emilia Baranovska with maestro Francis Guy. September 28. Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation, Nicosia. 9pm. Free. Tel: 22-128157