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Wednesday, August 10, 2011


Artistic Director: Dora Bakopoulou
The first Aegina International Music Festival was held between 25 August and 9 September 2006 on the beautiful island of Aegina, with the internationally renowned pianist Dora Bakopoulou as its artistic director. The Festival included performances by fifteen distinguished Greek and international artists from the world of classical music.
The main aim of the Aegina International Music Festival is to establish a forum in which both emerging and established Greek and international musicians can come together and explore some of the most beautiful pieces of music ever written for small music ensembles. Furthermore, the Aegina Music Festival seeks to contribute, in its own way, to a broader educational process, which is a responsibility all artists have towards the younger generation.
In addition, the long-term aim of the Festival is for the creation of the necessary infrastructure on Aegina; the island, which acts as a meeting place for a large number of intellectuals and artists, requires a permanent outdoor venue for the staging of cultural events. Such a venue would in future host both the Festival and other events, thus promoting the island in terms of culture, development, and even tourism.
The newly founded Festival organising body, is the civil non-profit society named Enastros; legal trustee of the organisation is Dora Bakopoulou, who also serves as Artistic Director of the Festival. The main purpose of the society is to organise the Aegina International Music Festival, along with educational seminars and lectures on music and the theatrical arts; the society also seeks to promote and develop the arts and cultural output in general, especially in the peripheral regions of Greece.
Enastros has already put together the programme of the 6th Aegina International Music Festival 2011, in collaboration with and under the auspices of the Municipality of Aegina, with eleven concerts to be held from August 5th to September 2nd 2011. (Please refer to the detailed programme for more information.) The organization of the festival is supported by the newly found Friends of the Aegina Music Festival Society (for more information please contact us).
The Festival has already established itself as an attractive musical event for both the inhabitants of the island, and the large numbers of holidaymakers who make their way to Aegina during the summer months, as well as those on weekend trips away. It has also drawn music-loving visitors from Athens and the rest of Greece, and indeed even international tourists, since a summer trip to the island can now offer evenings of music excellence in an idyllic setting.
The Festival is staged on the charming Avra Beach against the backdrop of the Kolonna archaeological site, the landmark of Aegina town and a three-minute walk from the town centre.

The program
Friday 5 August, 21:00, Avra Beach  "Musical Affinities"
 (pre-festival event)
Stefanos Korkolis, piano
Dora Bakopoulos, piano (special guest)

Friday 12 August, 21:00, Avra Beach
Chamber  music
 George Demertzis, violin

Dora Bakopoulos, piano
Christophor Miroshnikov, cello
P. I. Tchaikovsky Trio
Lily Maisky, piano
Alissa Margulis, violin 
Sascha Maisky, violin
Nora Romanoff, viola
Natalia Margulis, cello
César Franck Quintet

Saturday 13 August, 21:00, Temple of Aphaea "Baroque Vespers"
Maira Milolidaki, soprano
Nikos Spanatis, countertenor
Anastasia Miliori, baroque violin
Effi Minakoulis, theorbe
Angelos Liakakis, baroque cello
Katerina Ktona, harpsichord
Works by: Claudio Monteverdi, Haendel, Strozzi, Veracini, Fischer, Piccinini, Caccini and Vivaldi, moonlight concert.

Sunday 14 August, 21:00, Avra Beach " 100 Years Since the Birth of Nikos Gatsos: a Tribute"
Maria Farantouri, voice
Alkinoos Ioannidis, voice
Works by: Hatzidakis, Theodorakis, Moutsis, Xarhakos, et al.
George Kaloudis, cello
Irina Karpouhina, piano
Dora Bakopoulos, piano (special guest)

Wednesday 17 August, 21:00, Seegy Resident, Pachia Rachi Chamber music
Alexandros Sakarellos, violin
Krystalia Gaitanou, viola
Ioanna Seira, cello
Works by: Martinu, Tsontakis, Händel, Bach, Beethoven.

Friday 19 August, 21:00, Avra Beach
"Rainbows, Moons and Bicycles"
Elli Paspala, voice
Takis Farazis, piano
Works by:Gershwin, Porter, Waits, Morisson, Khoen, Kalanzopoulos, Monica, Kiss, and many more.

Saturday 20 August, 21:00, Christos Kapralos Museum
Chamber music
"L'Anima" String Quartet
Stella Tsani, violin
Evgenia Mallou, violin
Gerta Sinai, viola
Lefki Kolovou, cello
 Elena Chounta at the piano
Quintets by Dvoržak, Rachmaninov 
and Beatles song cycle (arranged by Elena Chounda) 

Friday 26 August, 21:00, Christos Kapralos Museum
"An Evening with Lieder by Schuman, Brahms and Mendelssohn"
Christina Giannakopoulou, soprano
Theodora Baka, mezzo soprano
Thanassis Apostolopoulos, piano

Sunday 28 August, 21:00, Seegy Resident, Pachia Rachi
A Quitar Evening with "Duo Melis"
Suzana Prieto, quitar
Alexis Mouzourakis, quitar
Works by: de Falla, Granados, Kapustin, Balbastre, Castelnuovo-Tedesco and Ginastera.
Thursday 30 August, 21:00, Christos Kapralos Museum An evening with Arias and Duets
Celia Costea, soprano
Dionisis Sourbis, baritone
Dimitris Giakas, piano
Works by: Puccini, Dvoržak, Gounod, Leoncavallo, Verdi and Donizetti.

Friday 2 August, 21:00, Avra Beach
The Athens State Orchestra
Closing concert
Irini Karaianni, mezzo soprano
Dimitris Semsis, violin
Vasilis Christopoulos, musical direction
Works by Rossini, Mozart and Grieg.

All concerts begin at 21.00


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