Air and dances with the Commandaria Orchestra
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.
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Tickets at EUR 10 (7 concessions) will be available at the door on the evening.