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Classical and opera sounds, all around

The next few days are dedicated to chamber, classical and opera music, with a little bit of storytelling and poetry added.

Starting tonight at the Russian Cultural Centre in Nicosia, the Borodin Quartet will perform at 7.30pm. The string quartet celebrated 70 years of performing last year and is still generating critical acclaim all over the world.

The quartet had a close relationship with composer Dmitri Shostakovich, who personally consulted them on each of his quartets. They have performed with the pianist Sviatoslav Richter on many occasions and have also recorded all of Shostakovich’s string quartets as well as all of Beethoven’s quartets.

Moving on to tomorrow, the Rotary Club of Nicosia will be presenting the fundraising event Opera of Love at the Pallas Theatre at 8pm.

The performance will be held under the auspices of the Mayor of Nicosia, Constantinos Yiorkadjis, and will feature Cypriot soprano Katerina Mina who will be making a special guest appearance from her base in London.

In 2009 Mina was declared singer of the year by the magazine Madame Figaro. 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 the London Song Festival, Roman River, Grimeborn Festival, Eure poetique et Musicale.

Several other famous and upcoming stars from Cyprus will also be performing well-known hits from the world of music and opera such as excerpts from M. Hatzidakis’ Magnus Eroticus of 1972, as well as arias by Mozart, Verdi and Donizettio.

All proceeds from the opera event will be donated to the charity Angaliazo and the Association for the Welfare of Persons with Mental Handicap.

Also tomorrow, in Paphos at Technopolis 20 cultural centre, Juan Artes and Ian G will present original songs, stories and poetry with new arrangements of old favourites.

The two singers and songwriters will bring their humour and cheeky banter on stage to accompany the performance of songs that deal with contemporary and historical events, as well as touching on the themes of love and loss.

While the singers create music with a guitar, a bass, a mandolin, harmonica, bouzouki and a ukulele, there will also be a background video and still images mounted to add even more substance to the night.

When poetry takes over, artwork by Artes will be projected.

Members of the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra and other musicians will perform two chamber music concerts over the weekend. The first will be in Nicosia on Saturday and the second on Sunday in Paphos.

The programme will include Jean Francaix’s Wind Quintet no.1, Three Short Pieces by Jacques Ibert, Darius Milhaud’s The Fireplace of King Rene, Claude Debussy’s Petite suite and Carmen Suite for wind quintet by Georges Bizet.

In Francaix’s witty and humorous Wind Quintet no.1 there is ample conversational interplay between the instruments. Ibert’s three short pieces reflect the composer’s gift for iridescent effects. Milhaud’s The Fireplace of King Rene is derived from music written for the film Cavalcade d’Amour, and outlines a love story set in the mediaeval court of King Rene d’ Anjou. The movements of Debussy’s allusive Petite suite originate from dreams and longing, mischief and elegance. The audience will also enjoy highlights from Bizet’s opera Carmen in which obsessive love and a rebel heart make a dangerous mixture.

Borodin Quartet
Classical concert performance by the quartet. March 17. Russian Cultural Centre, Nicosia. 7.30pm. Free. Tel: 22-761607

Opera of Love
Charity opera performance with soprano Katerina Mina for the charity Angaliazo and the Association for the Welfare of Persons with Mental Handicap. March 18. Pallas theatre, Nicosia. 8pm. €15. Tel: 99-322230

ArtesIan
An evening of original songs, stories, poetry and screenings. March 18. Technopolis 20, Paphos. 8pm. €8. Tel: 70-002420

Chamber Music Concert
Performance by musicians from the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra. March 19. Pallas Theatre, Nicosia. 5pm. €5/3. Tel: 22-463144
March 20. Hall of Tala New Church of Saviour’s Birth, Paphos. 5pm. €5/3. Tel: 22-463144



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