Dances and songs from Spain, Hungary and Greece is the title of an upcoming event at Technopolis 20 in Paphos, yet don’t be fooled by the name. There will be no dancing performed at this event, rather it will be a musical programme by pianists Maria Chimonidou and Manolis Neophytou.
On December 28, Chimonidou aims to take her audience on a journey with “happy and festive Hungarian dances of Brahms and Moszkowski’s Spanish dances” during the first part of the concert. In the second half, well-known works and songs by the Greek composer Manos Hadjidakis will be performed by singer Pavlina Konstantopoulou and Manolis Neophytou on the piano.
Joining the long list of musical evenings that are making up December, this concert will try to offer a breath of fresh air to Paphos residents.
If you’re thinking that the name Manolis Neophytou rings a bell, you might recognise him from taking part in the Eurovision Classical Contests in Brussels (1992), Warsaw (1994) and Lisbon (1996) after winning the Cyprus National Competitions for young musicians. Since then, he has received several prizes and continues to perform around the globe including Russia, Korea and South Africa.
Also a piano teacher at the University, Chimonidou has had her fair share of spotlight performances as well, while performing at Kipria festival and numerous music fests around Europe. Particularly involved in chamber music, accompaniment and choral conducting, she’ll be bringing her skills to Technopolis 20 for a more fun repertoire.
Joining the two, Pavlina Konstantopoulou will honour composer Hadjidakis as she has a long experience in his music with a 2009 highlight performance at Athens’ Megaro Musikis for the cinematography music of Manos Ηadjidakis.
Dances and songs from Spain, Hungary and Greece
Entertaining and festive programme with pianists Maria Chimonidou and Manolis Neophytou and singer Pavlina Konstantopoulou. December 28. Technopolis 20, Paphos. 8pm. €10. Tel: 70002420