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Tango, opera and more

By Maria Gregoriou

Monday happens to be International Museum Day and, as expected, museums throughout the island will be giving guided tours and a few presentations. But in Nicosia the CVAR/Severis Foundation will be putting on a series of events to celebrate the day that are a little different.

The celebrations start at 4pm tomorrow with Argentinean tango dancing in collaboration with the TangoCult – Cyprus Tango Association. So if you tango – or have always wanted to try – grab a partner and join in the dance until 6pm.

With the tango rhythm still tingling in toes, the foundation will put on an evening of arias from the operas of Mozart, Verdi, Puccini et al, to continue in a celebratory mood.

These melodies will brighten up the courtyard with soprano Mariza Anastasiades, tenor Marios Charalambous and baritone Nicolas Paraskevas under the artistic guidance of Sona Gargaloyan at 8pm.

Armenian-born Gargaloyan, who helped the foundation put the concert together, began her piano lessons at the age of seven in Aslamazyan music school. Later, she turned to vocal music and chorus direction, attending the special Choral Association of Armenia.

She studied at the Komitas State Conservatoire and has sang in concerts and recitals at the State Opera and Ballet Theatre of Armenia. She also interpreted on stage the principal roles in Verdi’s La Traviata and Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor.

She appeared as a soloist in the celebration concerts of Cyprus’ accession to the European Union in 2004 and the 50th anniversary of the Cyprus Republic in 2010.

Gargaloyan is also very active in events involving the reunification of the two Cypriot communities and has participated in many concerts both in the south and the north, including Hands Across the Divide at the Pallas Theatre in 2010, a concert performed only by women. She has also given concerts in Germany, Italy, Malta, France and Greece.

Moreover, she has more than 15 years of pedagogic practice and has revealed and supported several young talents. She is a singing lecturer in the Music Department of the European University Cyprus.

On Sunday CVAR will host a special educational programme based on its temporary exhibition Flowers of Cyprus.

The event provides children with the chance to learn about Cypriot flowers through paintings created by 20th century travelling artists.

After being introduced to the paintings, children can create their own artistic work which will be shown in a special exhibition. Apart from giving young people the chance to share their work with a wider audience, they will also be in the running for a prize, awarded for the best creation.

Afternoon Milonga in the Courtyard
An afternoon of tango. May 17. CVAR/ Severis Foundation, 285 Ermou Street, Nicosia. 4-6pm. Free. Tel: 22-300999

Opera in the Courtyard with Sona Gargaloyan
Celebrate Museum day under the artistic guidance of Sona Gargaloyan. May 17. CVAR/ Severis Foundation. 8pm. Free

Flowers of Cyprus
Educational programme for children to learn about the flowers of Cyrus and create their own art work. May 17. CVAR/ Severis Foundation. 10am. Free

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