Musical Christmas Narratives for narrator and orchestra / ONASSIS CULTURAL CENTRE

Musical Christmas Narratives for narrator and orchestra

HELLENIC PROJECT: Repertoire Creation Cycle

8 DEC 2018 | 18:00
9 DEC 2018 | 17:00
Main Stage
Duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes (with intermission)
This year, inspired by the Christmas spirit, we are creating two new musical Christmas tales for narrator and orchestra. These holidays, "I the elf" and "Dream with a red cap" are waiting all children 5-105 years old.
Onassis Stegi Friends presale: from 8 NOV 2018, 12:00
General presale: from 15 NOV 2018, 12:00

Full price: 5, 10 €
Children (up to 15 years old), Reduced, Friend & Groups 5-9 people: 3, 8 €
Groups 10+ people: 2, 7 €
Νeighbourhood residents: 7 €
People with disabilities, Companions, Unemployed: 5 € | Companions: 3 €

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Christmas is coming early to Onassis Stegi this year.

Set on creating repertoire, HELLENIC PLAN commissions new works for children and the whole family every season. Which is how Dimitris Papadimitriou's “Aesop's Fables” came into being along with the “8 Tales for Narrator and Orchestra” composed by Achilleas Wastor, Kostis Kritsotakis, Nefeli Liouta, Dimitra Trypani and Tasos Rosopoulos.

This year, two musically-trained authors, Marivita Grammatikaki and Katerina Schina, and two outstanding composers active on the contemporary music scene, Kostis Kritsotakis and Tasos Rosopoulos, responded to our call. Which is how an elf and a little boy came to be telling their stories with flutes, clarinets, tubas, trumpets, triangles and timpani, bathing us in the magic and the spirit of Christmas as they do.

The two new musical narratives are scored for an unusual combination of brass, percussion and piano and are performed by the Ventus Ensemble, a group of young and dynamic musicians conducted by the distinguished Michalis Economou.

Two young and talented actors, Giorgos Katsis and Konstantinos Bibis, narrate the tales as an integral part of the musical works, which are further enhanced by the set designs of Paris Mexis and lighting by Giorgos Tellos.


“Repertoire Creation” Cycle
Cycle Curation By: Dimitris Papadimitriou, Rallou Vogiatzi, Kostas Fasoulas, Tasos Rosopoulos
“I the elf” and “Dream with a red cap”
Two new musical Christmas narratives for narrator and orchestra
Composers: Kostis Kritsotakis, Tasos Rosopoulos
Authors: Marivita Grammatikaki, Katerina Schina
Musical direction: Michalis Economou 
Orchestra: Ventus Ensemble 
Narrators: Konstantinos Bibis, Giorgos Katsis  
Set design: Paris Mexis 
Assistant set designer: Despina Faridou
Lighting Design: Lighting art / Giorgos Tellos
Ventus Ensemble: Dimitris Dakovanos, Kostas Giovanis, Dimitris Gkogkas, Othonas Gkogkas, Dimitrios Marinos, Nikos Metallinos, Menelaos Moraitis, Marinos Tranoudakis, Spyros Tzekos, Manos Ventouras, Spyros Vergis

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