Following their successful autumn concert in October, the Cyprus Chamber Orchestra is ready to get back on a stage for a Christmas concert on Monday at the Pallas Theatre in Nicosia.
Artistic directors of the orchestra Nihat Agdac and Natalie Neophytou will share the stage with 20 professional Greek and Turkish Cypriot musicians performing Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante for violin, viola and orchestra and Haydn’s Farewell Symphony. Soloists of the night will be Marlene Ito and Martin von der Nahmer, from the Berliner Philharmoniker.
Strange as it may seem, the orchestra has no conductor, which allows the musicians to work as closely as possible to each other for the sake of the ensemble, music and their partnership – the Cyprus Chamber Orchestra seeks to be a space of unity, turning like-minded people into creative collaborators. Their aim is to also to emphasise that music connects people, regardless of ethnic background, colour, nationality and social status.
Not familiar with the musical ensemble that has joined Cyprus’ music scene in recent years or their story? The Cyprus Chamber Orchestra is a non-profit organisation that brings together Greek and Turkish Cypriot musicians to produce music of the highest level and perform around the island and abroad, promoting peace in Cyprus through the power of music. Greek Cypriot Natalie and Turkish Cypriot Nihat developed this idea in London, where they were studying at the prestigious music institutes the Royal Academy of Music at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Since receiving a Stelios Cyprus Bicommunal Award 2016-2017, Cyprus Chamber Orchestra, the first bi-communal classical music orchestra in Cyprus has reached a large number of audience members who have fully packed the Pallas Theatre, Kasteliotissa, Bedesten and Bellapais at their highly successful concerts during the winter, spring and summer.
#UnitedByMusic, a joint concert where the CCO artists played side by side with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra artists as part of Pafos2017, was watched live by almost 2,000 people and was viewed online more than 40,000 times, bringing wide international attention to the Cyprus Chamber Orchestra.
The concert is upported by the German Embassy is Cyprus.
Christmas Concert with Berlin’s Philharmonic Orchestra Soloists
Classical music concert by 20 professional Greek and Turkish Cypriots musicians. December 17. Pallas Theatre, Nicosia. 8.30pm. €10. Tel: 99-040717