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Pulling notes from an accordion

By Maria Gregoriou

THE Cyprus Symphony Orchestra, which has been providing Cypriot audiences with fine classical musical performances since 2006, will present some rare musical talent during three performances of the concert Fugue – Mystery – Dance.

The concerts, for which the orchestra is collaborating with the Goethe-Institut Cyprus, will be held on Wednesday in Larnaca, on Thursday in Limassol and Nicosia on Friday.

The concerts open with Cypriot composer Andreas Moustoukis’ work Octana, based on Andreas Empirikos’ surrealist poem by the same title.

Moustoukis, from Nicosia, studied at the St Petersburg State Conservatory and works at the Arte Music Academy in Nicosia.

The composer chose a poem from the Greek surrealist poet, who is considered to be among those who changed the face of poetry in Greece. His poetic technique is characterised by a lack of punctuation, something that gained him much recognition. He is considered to be one of the most representative of the 30s generation poets, as he contributed greatly to the introduction of modernism in Greek letters.

The opening will be followed by a performance from the internationally acclaimed accordionist Denis Patkovic, who will interpret Johann Sebastian Bach’s fascinating harpsichord concerto in A major in his own arrangement for accordion, and Astor Piazzolla’s passionate tango Fuga y Misterio from his tango-opera Maria de Buenos Aires.

In the second part of the concert, the intense tango pulse and atmosphere of Piazzolla’s work will give way to the somber colours, improvisatory clarinet passages and exhilarating rhythms in Zoltan Kodaly’s symphonic expression of folk dances from Galanta and Marosszek.

Patkovic has appeared in concerts throughout Europe, South America, New Zealand and Japan.

He was recently named First Guest Professor of Accordion at Senzoku Gakuen College of Music in Tokyo. His musical talent is very well known and has been picked up by leading international music magazines, which have rated the accordionist very highly.

Apart from receiving much praise in the press, the musician has also received a number of prizes and awards, among them the prestigious award for soloists from the European Art Foundation.

The concerts will be conducted by the renowned maestro Dariusz Mikulski, who is also a French horn player, the professor at the Music Academy of Łodz, General Manager of Concorno Kulturmanagement in Berlin, and who is also a guest conductor of the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra in Bangkok.
Mikulski has collaborated with many renowned orchestras in the world, mainly in Germany and Poland.

He also received the Gloria Artis medal from the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage in 2008 for his artistic activity, making him one of the youngest artists in the history of Polish culture to achieve the medal.

In 2011 he was also awarded with the Silver Medal of the City of Berlin, for his cultural contribution.

Fugue – Mystery – Dance
Concert presented by the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra and the Goethe-Institut Cyprus. March 11. Larnaca Municipal Theatre, Larnaca. 8.30pm. €12/7. Tel: 22-463144
March 12. Rialto Theatre, Limassol
March 13. Pallas Theatre, Nicosia

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