Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY) presents an evening of music by the Greek-American composer Dinos Constantinides on Friday, November 30, at 7:30pm at Weill Recital Hall. Described by The New York Times as a composer whose “music speaks simply, often combining Greek modes … with an attractive quality of ritual mystery,” Constantinides work has been recorded for Centaur records and performed throughout the US, Europe and Asia by ensembles including the American Symphony Orchestra, the English Chamber Orchestra, the Athens State Orchestra and China’s Shenzhen Symphony, among others. Currently Boyd Professor at Louisiana State University — as well as head of Composition and Music Director of the Louisiana Sinfonietta — Constantinides brings along an array of superb soloists from LSU, including pianist Michael Gurt, violinist Renata Arado, violist Espen Lilleslaten, saxophonist Griffin Campbell, guitarist Ronaldo Cadeu, and mezzo-soprano Lori Bade.
Constantinides offers a program of several short works largely inspired by the folk songs and literature of Greece. The concert opens with the rhythmically energetic Theme and Variations for Piano on a Greek Tune based on a well-loved Greek folk tune. The concert features pieces inspired by Sophocles’s Oedipus Rex and Antigone, the works of Sappho, and composed specifically for musicians with whom Constantinides has collaborated over the years. The celebratory evening concludes with Hellenic Musings for violin, soprano saxophone, and piano. A piece which, according to the composer’s note, is best performed after imbibing several glasses of Greek wine.
Founded by Iris Derke (General Director) and Jonathan Griffith (Artistic Director and Principal Conductor) Distinguished Concerts International is driven by passion, innovative vision, a total belief in its artists, and unwavering commitment to bringing forth unforgettable audience experiences. DCINY is a creative producing entity with unmatched integrity that is a talent incubator, a star-maker, and a presenter of broadly accessible, world-class musical entertainment.
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