MUSIC
MUNICIPAL MUSIC THEATER - MARIA CALLAS / ATHENS

Philharmonic Orchestra of Athens

The Philharmonia Orchestra of Athens presents the first nationwide performance of Dmitri Shostakovich's "Symphony No.3 (May Day)", at Olympia Municipal Music Theater - Maria Callas, on Thursday 25 of May 2023.

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The work was first performed by the Philharmonic Orchestra and the Academic Choir in Leningrad, on the anniversary of Lenin's death. The poetry in the Symphony Finale is by Semyon Kirsanov. The spirit that pervades the entire work perfectly reflects the youthful optimism of the Soviet 1920s. The concert programme is concluded by Arthur Honegger's "Shepherd of Summer" and three short lyrical cycles of Greek songs for voice and orchestra by Maurice Ravel, Antonin Dvořák and Konstantinos Sfakianakis, with Artemis Bogris as soloist.

Programme:
Arthur Honegger: pastorale d' été
Maurice Ravel: Cinq Mélodies Populaires Grecques
Antonin Dvořák 3 modern greek poems, op. 50 (orchestrated by Byron Fidetzis)
Konstantinos Sfakianakis: funeral dirge, protovrochia, duru-duru
Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, No. 20 ("May 1st"), for mixed choir and orchestra

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