By Maria Gregoriou
Get ready for the winter wonderland that Makarios avenue in Nicosia has turned into, to thrill you with much more than a variety, of huts selling whatever your heart desires for the season as, starting today, there will be some very big sounds coming from the stage set-up right smack in the middle of the avenue.
If you are a fan of Greek rock ballads, then you should follow the smell of chestnuts roasting at 7pm when the band Mple and its lead singer Georgia Papapostolou will be hitting those high musical notes and those festive bells that ring a few days before Christmas.
This unplugged performance from the band who have been rocking the Greek music scene since 1995, is sure to tell us all how, if God was sitting right there, they would still prefer to be in hell with the one they love – maybe not the most appropriate song for a Christmas celebration but it is one of their greatest hits and the fans will be expecting it.
The concert will be shaking things up for two hours, so you have lots of time to watch the show and have a little walk up and down the avenue, taking in all the wonders of the season.
Next up tomorrow, the Concordia Quartet will be performing at 3pm until 4pm.
The Concordia String Quartet consists of four Cypriot musicians, namely Constantinos Demirtzoglou (1st violin), Viki Hadjiandreou (2nd violin), Nikolas Efthymiou (viola) and Doros Zisimos (cello).
This quartet has achieved a great artistic presence in Cyprus with several appearances at festivals, such as the festival for Music World Day in Molos, the second Annual Classical Music Youth Festival – CLAB U FEST – and the Festival of Nicosia. And it is not all about the classics, as the quartet has managed to create some music with DJ S7S and combine classical with electronic music.
Christmas Eve will be warming up the atmosphere for Santa with some classical masterpieces, Jazz, Rock and Pop pieces in arrangements made specifically for the quartet.
After the quartet, Cypriot soprano Katerina Mina will take to the stage for an hour-long performance at 5pm.
Mina is a graduate of Guildhall School of Music & Drama and has been an award winner in Spain’s contest ‘Julian Gayarre’ and an Italian ecclesiastical music competition. In 2009, she was declared singer of the year by the magazine Madame Figaro. She has experience in many roles: Kupava in the Russian opera The Snow Maiden, Violetta in La Traviata, Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Così fan tutte, Donna Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Mimi in La Boheme, Vivita in Vaftistikos as well as Nedda in Pagliacci.
Throughout her career, Mina has performed in Germany, the United Kingdom, Finland, Greece, Spain, Japan, Cyprus, Italy, France, the United Arab Emirates and Thailand; she has also participated in a number of international music festivals, such as, but not limited to, the London Song Festival, Roman River, Grimeborn Festival, Eure poetique et Musicale.
After spending Christmas day and Boxing Day with our family and making our own noise, the avenue will be back with a musical event on Sunday with a performance by Cypriot singer Alexia Vasiliou, who will be putting a jazzy spin on Christmas at 6pm.
After showing Limassol how the big C can be all jazzed up yesterday, the singer is all set to come to the capital and treat us Nicosians to a selection of Christmas songs from the 30s all the way up to the 70s, but all jazzed up with a little more sparkle.
Live performance by the Greek band. December 23. Makarios Avenue, Nicosia. 7pm-9pm. Tel: 22-797192
Live performance by the quartet. December 24. Makarios Avenue, Nicosia. 3pm-4pm
Live performance by the soprano. December 24. Makarios Avenue, Nicosia. 5pm-6pm
Live performance by the Cypriot singer. December 27. Makarios Avenue, Nicosia. 6pm-7pm