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Choir singing and Christmas cheer go hand in hand this week as Limassol, Larnaca and Nicosia will have their fair share of Christmas concerts.

Tonight, soprano Mariza Anastasiades and baritone Markos Kleovoulou will join the chorus of European University Cyprus (conducted by Angelina Nicolaidou) and the Camerata Lyricum chamber orchestra (direction of Maestro Constantinos Diminakis) will take us to the snowy European capitals through the melodies of Bach, Haendel, Caccini and many other composers.

The hour-long concert, under the name Christum Natum Adoremus, will take place at the Holy Cross Catholic Church near Paphos Gate in Nicosia at 8pm.
Also tonight, the students and graduates from the Marios Tokas Music High School will present a Christmas programme at the Rialto theatre in Limassol.

The music school is celebrating ten years since its establishment in 2006. The school, built in memory of the great Cypriot composer of traditional music, offers a number of children the chance to explore and build on their musical talents.

Moving on to tomorrow, the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra will perform a total of three concerts under the name Christmas Concert Exsultate Jubilate this week. The first will be at the Rialto theatre in Limassol, the second at the Larnaca Municipal Theatre on Thursday and the third on Friday at the Strovolos Municipal Theatre in Nicosia.

Together with soprano Vassiliki Karayanni and the Nicosia Music Lyceum Choir, the orchestra will perform well-known classical and traditional pieces, of both religious and secular character. Among the songs to be sung are Ave Maria, Virgin Mary’s Lullaby, and Mozart’s Laudate Dominum.

The orchestra never fails to impress with its interpretations and discipline, and add a bit of Christmas spirit to the equation and you have an extra night of entertainment. So come and celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, even if it is a few days early.

For those in Paphos who would like to attend the performance in Limassol on Wednesday, the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra Foundation has organised two buses to the Rialto theatre, free of charge. The buses will leave from the Markideion theatre. If you are interested in taking the bus, send an email to [email protected] to reserve a place.

Also on tomorrow, the Pallas theatre in Nicosia will host the Christmas Concert of Love at 8.30pm.

The concert, organised by the Mayor of Nicosia, Constantinos Yiorkadjis, the members of the City Council and the Friends of Harmony group, will feature Christmas, Byzantine and other seasonal compositions from the international repertoire.

The concert will be performed by the orchestra of the Nicosia Municipality and the Armonia chorus ensemble. Joining them will be soloists Elli Koutsouli, Mariza Anastassiadou and Marios Andreou, directed by Stavros Papantoniou.

The concert is free but voluntary donations to the Polydynamo Dimotiko Kentro Lefkosias are welcome.

Christum Natum Adoremus
Concert with melodies by Bach, Handel, Caccini and more. December 20. Holy Cross Catholic Church, Near Paphos Gate, Nicosia. 8pm-9pm. €8/5. Tel: 96-587820

Christmas with the Music High School Marios Tokas
The school’s students and graduates celebrate its tenth anniversary with a Christmas programme. December 20. Rialto theatre, Limassol. 8.30pm. €5. Tel: 77-777745

Christmas Concert Exsultate, Jubilate
Christmas concert with the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra.
December 21. Rialto theatre, Limassol. 8.30pm. €12/7/5/3. Tel: 77-777745
December 22. Larnaca Municipal Theatre. 8.30pm. €12/7/5/3. Tel: 24665795
December 23. Strovolos Municipal Theatre, Nicosia. 8.30pm. €12/7/5/3. Tel: 22-313010

Christmas Concert of Love
Christmas concert with orchestra of the Nicosia Municipality. December 21. Pallas theatre, Nicosia. 8.30pm. Free. Tel: 99-467346

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