By Maria Gregoriou
The Cyprus Symphony Orchestra will present a concert series in collaboration with the embassy of Israel under the name Musical Synergies, Cyprus – Israel. The concert, which will feature soloist mandolinist Avi Avital and be led by renowned conductor Miltos Logiadis, will firstly be performed in Larnaca on Wednesday, then in Limassol on Thursday and end in Nicosia on Friday.
The concert’s rich programme will open with Giovanni Gabrielli’s Canzona XII for winds, in majestic Venetian polychoral style – a type of music of the late Renaissance and early Baroque era where separate choirs would sing in alternation.
The Grammy-nominated mandolinist will interpret one of Vivaldi’s most famous concertos for violin, as well as works inspired by folk traditions: Tsintsadze’s fiery Miniatures – based on Georgian folk tunes – and de Falla’s spirited Spanish Dance.
The programme will be completed with Franck’s elegiac, sombre and highly expressive Short Pieces and the sarcasm-tinted, relentlessly energetic neoclassical Concerto for small orchestra by Roussel.
Avital is deeply committed to building a fresh legacy for the mandolin with several new commissions planned for the coming seasons. He is widely admired for his virtuosic performances in classical, world and contemporary genres. He has performed at venues including Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall Lincoln Center, Berlin Philharmonie, the Globe Theatre in London, and the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing. He has also played at festivals such as Salzburg, Aspen, Verbier, Montreal Bach, and Ravenna.
Logiadis, from Athens, has performed many Greek and world premieres such as Claude Debussy’s opera Pelleas and Melissanthi, Nikos Skalkotas’ Thalassa, and Gustav Holst’s Planets.
Musical Synergies, Cyprus – Israel
Music programme with the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra and soloist Avi Avital on the mandolin, conducted by Miltos Logiadis. January 27. Larnaca Municipal Theatre. 8.30pm. €12/7. Tel: 24-665795
January 28. Rialto theatre, Limassol. 8.30pm. €12/7. Tel: 77-777745
January 29. Pallas theatre, Nicosia. 8.30pm. €12/7. Tel: 22-463144