Τρίτη, 16 Σεπτεμβρίου 2014

The Club UNESCO of Kefalonia & Ithaca inaugurates a new cultural venue in Cephalonia at “Maspali hills” with Panagiotis Karousos’ opera “Prometheus Bound”.

The Club UNESCO of Kefalonia & Ithaca
with the collaboration of the Cultural Association Mantzavinata-Vouni “Kounoupetra” celebrates the 150th Anniversary of the Unification of the Ionian Islands with Greece 1864-2014 at the «Maspali hill» with the opera of  
 PANAGIOTIS KAROUSOS
PROMETHEUS BOUND

Starring:
Prometheus: Vasileios Asimakopoulos, bass
Io/Goddess Athena: Irene Konsta, soprano
Ocean/Hermes: Anastasios Stellas, tenor
Via/Oceanide: Maria Lyberakou, soprano
Goddess Hera: Vanessa Kalkanis, soprano
Vivi Kleisoura, piano
Directed by Vasileios Asimakopoulos
Production by Hellenic American Center of the Arts

MASPALI HILL   
Saturday 20 September at 7:30pm
Maspali Hill, Mantzavinata, Kefalonia, Greece
FREE ADMISSION

The Club UNESCO of Kefalonia & Ithaca in order to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Unification of the Ionian Islands with Greece (1864-2014), inaugurates a new cultural venue in Cephalonia at “Maspali hills” Mantzavinata Lixouri, with the Cephalonian composer Panagiotis Karousos’ opera “Prometheus Bound”. In March 2014 the fine artists invited among with the composer to perform the opera in New York at Queens Auditorium and in United Nations Manhattan under the UNESCO auspices. The Maspali hill was perhaps an ancient acropolis.

Few words about the opera “Prometheus Bound” by Panagiotis Karousos
Vasileios Asimakopoulos, Prometheus and Irene Konsta, Io
Based on Aeschylus tragedy “Prometheus Bound” by Panagiotis Karousos first premiered in Montreal, Canada in 1994 and played in French until 2000.  In 1998 the work presented in Los Angeles at Beverly Hills City Hall with a great success. In 2008 represented in New York and Washington in English under the direction of maestro Grant Gilman, and American soloists from the opera of New York. The opera impressed with the high lyricism and characterized as a divine music composition work. In Greece Prometheus Bound presented at the Municipal Theatres of Athens, Salamina, Argostoli, Lixouri, Ithaca, Cholargos, Chalkis, at the Concert Hall of the Greek Writers, in “Parnassos” Concert Hall, in the Old Parliament House, at the Theatre Veakeio, and the Theatre “Jenny Karezi”. In 2013 bass Vasileios Asimakopoulos did unforgettable presentations of the opera as a director and leading role at the Little Theatre of Ancient Epidaurus, the Ancient Theatre Ekklesiasterion (Odeon) in Ancient Messene, the Ancient Agora at the Ancient Site of Acropolis, and the National Archeological Museum of Greece, and performed the main arias of the opera at “Parnassos” Concert Hall conducted by E. Kalkanis.

Panagiotis Karousos is a renowned Greek-Canadian composer who brings to his music the philosophy and spiritualism of the Greek classics. He successfully presented all his operas (Prometheus, Olympic Flame, Alexander the Great, Light of Christianity) around major North American cities. His Symphony No.1 “Liberty” presented in New York with the Astoria Symphony and maestro Silas Nathaniel Huff. His Piano Concerto No.1 performed in Montreal Canada under the auspices of UNESCO in 2000. Also his Symphony No.2 “Olympic” performed in Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal with the OSJL-L Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Andre Gauthier. Recently the Symphony Orchestra of the City of Athens conducted by E. Kalkanis premiered his Symphony No.4 “Earth” (February 2014). 

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