The concert cycle, which began in November 2009, will run through to May 2010 under the artistic direction of Mr Thodoros Antoniou, President of the Greek Composers’ Union. The concerts featuring works from Greek, German and other internationally renowned composers, will be performed by the Hellenic Ensemble of Contemporary Music.
Dates for the concerts’ program are as follows:
11/12/2009 Tribute to Claus Steffen Mahnkopf
12/10/2009 Tribute to Lukas Foss
01/21/2010 Old and New Tendencies
03/04/2010 Myth and Dream
04/28/2010 Federico Garcia Lorca
05/03/2010 Tribute to Dimitri Mitropoulos
All the concerts will be held at the Goethe Institute located at 14-16 Omirou Str., Athens, and will commence at 20:30. Admission is free to the general public. Founded in 1931, the Greek Composers Union’s objective was to protect and promote the creation of Greek music, both in Greece and internationally. Past members have included distinguished Greek composers such as Manolis Kalomiris, Ioannis Xenakis and Dimitris Mitropoulos. The Greek Composers Union organizes concerts and Pan-Hellenic composition competitions in addition to contemporary music workshops for young composers. It also promotes the release of CDs and the publication of the bi-monthly magazine “Polytonon”, which promotes the work of Greek composers to countries abroad.