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Classical music and storytelling

There is a lot happening on the music scene this week with Paphos showcasing a classical music night on Saturday and Nicosia welcoming a musical and dance performance of Oliver over the weekend.

At the Technopolis 20 Cultural Centre in Paphos on Saturday, Natalia Lezedova will perform on the piano while Teodro De Castillo will accompany her on vocals.

The two will join forces to perform works by Gluck, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin and songs from the repertoire of Pavarotti, Bocelli and Groban.

Lezedova, from St Petersburg, is a laureate of five international competitions, including two first prizes as a performer-soloist in St Petersburg and Moscow in 2012, winner of the Grand-Prix at the Severnaya Venetsia Music Festival in 2012 and the first prize as a concertmaster at the Performing Arts Musical Competition in St Petersburg in 2013.

The Music Faculty of the State Pedagogical University of Russia graduate has been performing in Russia, Ukraine and Cyprus since 2003.

Tenor De Castillo decided from an early age in Italy that he would follow in the footsteps of his idols Pavarotti, Bocelli and Groban. True to his dreams, he has done so and has been singing solo ever since 2010 all over Europe.

De Castillo has a professional background of modern opera, classical and musical theatre. He toured for two years with an Il Divo tribute group, performing a mixture of genres, including opera and pop.

Nicosia will also dive into something classical but this time it is classical literature with a modern twist. The Morfi Cultural Group, in collaboration with the Antigoni Tasouri Academy of Dance will present four performances of the musical Oliver based on the novel Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens.

The original English musical premiered in the West End in 1960 to great reviews and a long run. After also being performed in America in 1963, it was made into a musical film in 1968. If you have seen the film then you will be familiar with the songs Food, Glorious Food, Consider Yourself and You’ve Got to Pick a Pocket or Two.

Visit the Strovolos Municipal Theatre at the weekend to follow orphan Oliver Twist as he moves from life in a workhouse to being the apprentice of an undertaker, and then out on his own in London – that is until he meets the Artful Dodger who brings him into a life of pick pocketing.

The show has been adapted in Greek and directed by Neoklis Neocleous, the choreography is by Antigoni Tasouri.

Fit for all ages, the costumes really will make everyone feel like they are in London in the 19th century. The dance moves may leave your children wanting to take dance lessons or with the knowledge of how to do a bit of pick-pocketing.

Classical Piano and Vocal Classical Crossover
Performance by tenor Teodoros De Castillo and Natalia Lezedova on the piano. March 26. Technopolis 20, Paphos. 8pm. €10. Tel: 70-002420

Oliver
Performance based on the book by Charles Dickens by the Tasouri Dance Academy. March 26-27. Strovolos Municipal Theatre, Nicosia. Saturday: 4pm and 7pm, Sunday: 11am and 6pm. €10. In Greek. Tel: 99-510343

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