New York.- By Vicki James Yiannias
Archbishop Elpidophoros of America invites all faithful to the debut on Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 8 p.m. at Carnegie Hall Stern Auditorium/Perelman Auditorium of the newly established Athens Philharmonic in a concert to benefit Saint Nicholas Church and National Shrine in New York City. The Athens Philharmonic will be joined by the New York Choral Society and soloists Larisa Martínez and Daveda Karanas in a concert that promises to be moving, uplifting, and inspiring, in ways only a major musical performance can, featuring Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No.2, or “Resurrection Symphony”.
The concert is presented by Ms. Katerina Nafplioti Panagopoulos, In Memoriam of her late husband, Pericles S. Panagopoulos. Ms. Panagopoulos was the first Greek woman to receive the European Award, “Women and Sport 2012” from the International Olympic Committee. She is recipient of the award “European Citizen for the year 2017” and is Greek Ambassador to the Council of Europe.
Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No.2, or “Resurrection Symphony” was one of Mahler’s most popular and successful works during his lifetime, and his first major work that established his lifelong view of the beauty of the afterlife and resurrection. In this large work the composer further developed the creativity of “sound of the distance” and creating a “world of its own. In a survey of conductors carried out by the BBC Music Magazine, the “Resurrection Symphony” was voted the fifth-greatest symphony of all time.
Including works by Mr. Hadjiloizou himself, Cyprus Dance No.1, “Servikos” as well as the U.S. premiere of Act II Interlude from 9th of July 1821, by his father, noted Cypriot composer Michael Hadjiloizou (composer of the first Cypriot Opera Eleftheria), the concert offers a unique opportunity to celebrate Hellenic musical heritage as well.
All proceeds from the concert will be donated towards the restoration of Saint Nicholas National Shrine at Ground Zero, which Hadjiloizou identifies as “a figure of international peace and unity,” St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church having been destroyed in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
The completion of the Santiago Calatrava-designed church effectively completes One World Trade Center and will serve as a place of peace, reflection, and community for the Greek American diaspora of New York City, the Greek population at large, and all New Yorkers.
The Athens Philharmonic was established early in 2019 by Yiannis Hadjiloizou, who is its General Manager and Artistic and Music Director. It is comprised almost completely of local Athenian musicians of varied ethnic backgrounds who are appointed after strict recommendation and/or audition. Artistically, the Athens Philharmonic is dedicated to large-scale repertoire and special projects.
For tickets please contact Carnegiecharge at 212.247.7800 or visit: bit.ly/carnegiehallconcert