By Maria Gregoriou
The Cyprus Symphony Orchestra will perform two masterpieces of the classical period by its two major composers Joseph Haydn and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, next to a work by contemporary Cypriot composer Aris Tsigaras on Thursday in Paphos and Friday in Nicosia.
Both concerts will feature internationally acclaimed artists Stefanos Tsialis as guest conductor and the pianist Apostolos Palios as soloist.
The opening work Like Rock by Tsigaras refers to the ideal of consistency, unyielding beliefs and values as well as to sturdiness in sound and rhythm, according to the composer. Mozart’s masterful Concerto for Piano no. 20 in D minor, K. 466, which is considered to be a work of emotional complexity, will also be performed. The orchestra will also perform Haydn’s Symphony no. 103 in E-flat major (Drum Roll), whose name was devised due to the impressive opening drum roll.
These pieces will be conducted by Tsialis who has been Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Athens State Orchestra since 2014. Since the 2011/12 season he is Permanent Guest Conductor with the Hamburg Symphony and of the Thessalonica State Orchestra and since 2015/16 of the Thuringia Philharmonic in Gotha.
Joining him, soloist Palios is a graduate of the Music Department of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. The pianist has won prizes and distinctions in a number of countries and also has an active international career, appearing as a soloist in major concert halls, such as, Carnegie Hall in New York.
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Performance by the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra. May 28. Markideio Theatre, Paphos. 8.30pm. €12/7. Tel: 22-463144
May 29. Pallas Theatre, Nicosia