Two nights of Manos Hadjidakis’s and Antonio Vivaldi’s music await the audience of the Athens Concert Hall in the coming week.

“I am in a concert hall. They are playing Vivaldi, and as the opening theme plays, I see the seat next to me, empty… A howling storm has erupted… a whistling sound tears the polis in two… letting the sound of an old cymbal emerge… All these merged within me, together with an exceptional Vivaldi theme that I had heard some days ago, and that insisted to torture my memory with its recurrence in it…”

These were the words of Manos Hadjidakis on Antonio Vivaldi, written some 50 years ago. In 1964, Hadjidakis was in New York, when he saw a woman passing through the crowds of a parade without being noticed. Her gaze and loneliness moved the composer who turned her image into music, produced eventually by legendary producer Quincy Jones. The work, of course, was Gioconda’s Smile.

On March 23 and 24, as parades will again be held in Greece and New York, the Camerata-Orchestra of the Friends of Music will present at the Athens Concert Hall a concert bringing together the sounds of a selection of Vivaldi’s concert’s in the first part of their performance, and the iconic Manos Hadjidakis record in the second. Conducting the acclaimed orchestra, which is internationally known as Armonia Atenea, will be its celebrated artistic director Yiorgos Petrou.

When: March 23, 24 at 20:30

Ticket prices: 11 € – 40 €
Admission for students, unemployed, youths, individuals with disabilities: 6,5 €
Admission for parents of large families, the elderly: 8,5 €

For further information, please contact the Athens Concert Hall at www.megaron.gr