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Athens Concert Hall Offers Free Livestreamed Events for Easter

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Singers Eleni and Suzana Vougioukli will join Loudovikos ton Anogion in the Athens Concert Hall’s live streaming performance on Good Tuesday of Greek Easter week. Credit: Athens Concert Hall

The Athens Concert Hall, Megaro Moussikis, has announced three free livestreamed performances in the days leading up to Greek Orthodox Easter on May 2.

Their offerings start on Sunday, April 25, with the performance “From the Passion to the Resurrection, Easter Music“, featuring the Concert Hall’s organist Ourania Gasiou.

Gasiou will perform excerpts of works for church organ by Bach, Brahms, Demessieux and Johnson.

The following day, Good Monday, the Monday before Greek Easter, rarely heard Baroque compositions will be performed by the Ex Silentio group, recreating the Baroque-era performances, played on original instruments or replicas, including Baroque violin and cello.

The group, which includes mezzo soprano Theodora Baka, will perform works by Biber, Vivaldi, Handel, Purcell and Telemann, among others.

On the third and last performance, streaming on Good Tuesday, Loudovikos ton Anogion will sing and perform on the mandolin several laments from the Mediterranean region. He will be joined by singers Eleni and Suzana Vougioukli and other musicians.

All three concerts begin at 8:30 PM and will be livestreamed from their respective event links on the Athens Concert Hall website as well as from their Facebook and YouTube sites.

They will then remain available on all three platforms for 48 hours after the livestream.

Cultural contributions of the Athens Concert Hall

Located on the busy Vasilissis Sofia Avenue in the heart of the Greek capital, the Athens Concert Hall offers a comprehensive range of facilities for all sorts of cultural activities, both artistic and educational, designed to the very highest specifications, in one of the most impressive venues of its kind anywhere in the world.

The Hall is the home of the Athens State Orchestra and the Greek Youth Symphony Orchestra.

The inspiration behind the creation of the Athens Concert Hall belongs to the great singer Alexandra Trianti. She founded the Friends of Music Society, which commissioned designs for the Athens Concert Hall from top Greek and foreign architects, and specialists in acoustics.

The first major funding to finance construction of the building came from Dimitris Mitropoulos, who offered the proceeds of concerts by the New York Philharmonic, which he conducted in Athens.

Construction began in 1981, with Christos D. Lambrakis serving as its first President, taking up the responsibility for the completion of the building and the opening of the Athens Concert Hall.

Since its inauguration in 1991 with two halls, the Megaro has been augmented with two more halls and now has a total of four, with two large and two auxiliary halls.

Its facilities are optimal for opera performances, a selection of which are presented every season.

The Athens Concert Hall also comprises the Lilian Voudouri Music Library of Greece, established in 1995, which currently incorporates 126,000 titles and multimedia resources.

It operates as a non-for-profit organization overseen by an eleven-member board of trustees, the majority of whom are appointed by the Ministry of Culture and Sports and the Ministry of Finance, and three by the Friends of Music Society — which is also a non-profit charitable association.

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