Air and dances with the Com­man­daria Orches­tra

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The un­der the di­rec­tion of Fran­cis Guy will present clar­inetist Ge­orge Ge­or­giou in the world pre­miere of Artemis Ai­fotiti’s Con­certino for Clar­inet and String Orches­tra.

The con­cert, which will take place at the Pal­las The­atre in Ni­cosia on Thurs­day, May 26, will in­clude Ravel’s Pa­vane pour in­fant de­funte, Re­spighi’s much loved An­cient Airs and Dances and Grieg’s Hol­berg Suite.

Artemis Ai­fotiti said: “Hav­ing one’s works per­formed is not al­ways an easy process so, for it to be pro­grammed into a con­cert is thrilling. I par­tic­u­larly en­joy writ­ing for wind in­stru­ments, and en­joy ex­plor­ing the op­por­tu­nity of dif­fer­ent tim­bres and tech­niques and how it sounds in dif­fer­ent reg­is­ters and how dif­fer­ent con­ven­tional or ex­tended tech­niques can be used in a piece. What I don’t like, is to change the in­stru­ment’s iden­tity.”

Ge­orge Ge­or­giou has al­ways been an ar­dent sup­porter of con­tem­po­rary mu­sic but is quick to con­firm that “be­ing mar­ried to a com­poser has noth­ing to do with it! I was in­tro­duced to con­tem­po­rary mu­sic in Lon­don while study­ing and had won­der­ful op­por­tu­ni­ties to work with some of the world’s lead­ing en­sem­bles. I be­lieve that con­tem­po­rary mu­sic opens new hori­zons and it al­ways evolves, and fol­lows the lat­est trends and tech­nolo­gies. There is won­der­ful mu­sic out there, but most im­por­tantly, it is a process which con­tin­ues each day.”

The Com­man­daria Orches­tra was es­tab­lished in 2009 by the Cyprus Wine Mu­seum. The orches­tra’s ap­pel­la­tion refers di­rectly to the ori­gin and re­gion of the sweet-wine of Cyprus. The pri­mary aim is to dis­sem­i­nate both Euro­pean and Cypriot mu­si­cal cul­ture di­rectly con­nected to Greek his­tory and mythol­ogy.

The or­gan­is­ers of the con­cert, Cul­tureTones, Apol­lon In­ter­na­tional Con­nec­tions and Com­man­daria Orches­tra are also pleased to be as­sist­ing the Con­gen­i­tal Heart De­fects As­so­ci­a­tion, Ach­dac, one of the nom­i­nated char­i­ties.

For reser­va­tions call 99831163, email: cul­ture­tone­spro­mo­

Tick­ets at EUR 10 (7 con­ces­sions) will be avail­able at the door on the evening.

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