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Soloists make instruments sing

The Cyprus Symphony Orchestra will continue its musical programme this week with a concert led by conductor Alkis Baltas and a number of soloists from the orchestra on Thursday in Limassol and on Friday in Nicosia.

The two concerts will be performed by David Perpinan on the oboe, Ayse Karaogian and Anna Wrobel on violins, Ewa Bartmann on the viola and Miranda Papaneocleous on the cello.

The soloists will perform the Cyprus Suite for Strings by Nicos Vichas, Concerto for oboe and orchestra, H. 353 by Bohuslav Martinu, Adagio for strings by Savvas Savva and Concerto for strings quartet and orchestra, op. 131 by Lois Spohr.

The Cyprus Suite is a series of Cypriot dance folk songs elaborated by the composer to express the optimism of Cypriot people. Martinu’s distinguished concerto for oboe and orchestra, premiered at the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne, features an optimistic first movement, a mysterious and haunting middle one and a spirited finale.

Savva’s Adagio for strings is part of a trilogy, written in tribute to a friend who was prematurely lost in a car accident.

In Spohr’s charming, early romantic concerto for string quartet, the four instruments, uncommonly assuming the role of soloists, engage in exciting musical discourse and display.

Cyprus Symphony Orchestra Soloists
Performance by the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra soloists. February 11. Rialto theatre, Limassol. 8.30pm. €12/7. Tel: 22-463144
February 12. Pallas Theatre, Nicosia

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