The International Pharos Chamber
Music Festival is being organized again this year, despite the recent
shortcomings in Cyprus. The Festival has established itself as the most
important annual classical music event on the island, and has gained
international reputation for its quality concerts and magnificent settings.
Guided by a visionary spirit and dedicated to artistic excellence and
innovation, the Festival attracts over 2.000 visitors every year. It also
maintains a strong tradition of community service, with educational concerts
organized for students of public schools and a number of master-classes for
Organized between 21 May and 1 June 2013, the 13th International Pharos Chamber Music Festival welcomes to Cyprus some of the most remarkable artists on the international music scene, for eight concerts in three unique venues in Cyprus: the notable Royal Manor House in the ancient village of Kouklia, birthplace of goddess Aphrodite; The Shoe Factory, a contemporary recital venue situated in Ermou Street near the buffer zone in Nicosia; The Olive Grove, a world-class, open-air venue surrounded by the idyllic forest of Delikipos.
This year’s Festival would not have been made possible if it were not for the kindness of the participating artists, who expressed their wish to show solidarity with the people of Cyprus by performing for a very small symbolic fee, in order to enable the Foundation to reduce the price of the tickets even more. At a time when our country faces enormous economic, political and societal challenges, the necessity of serious cultural events is often neglected, yet it is precisely during these difficult times that we need the inspiration and beauty that only the arts and music can provide.
WHAT, WHEN & WHERE:
21 May 2013
The Shoe Factory, Nicosia / 8:30pm
Baroque Recital with Mahan Esfahani (Harpsichord) & Michala Petri (Recorders)
24 May 2013
The Shoe Factory, Nicosia / 8:30pm
Piano Recital with Elisha Abas
27-31 May 2013
Royal Manor House, Kouklia / 8:30pm
Five Chamber Concerts
With Boris Brovtsyn, Daishin Kashimoto, Levon Chilingirian, Monika Urbonaite, Charles Sewart (violin), William Coleman, Sam Barsegian, Diemut Poppen (viola), Alexander Chaushian, Marc Coppey (cello), Hayk Khachatryan (double-bass), Sergei Nakariakov (trumpet, flugelhorn), Ashley Wass, Vahan Mardirossian, Maria Meerovitch, Elisha Abas (piano)
1 June 2013 / 8:30pm
The Olive Grove, Delikipos
Open-air concert for Strings
With Boris Brovtsyn, Levon Chilingirian (violin),William Coleman (viola), Diemut Poppen, Sam Barsegian (viola), Alexander Chaushian (cello)
The Royal Manor House / Kouklia is one of the finest surviving monuments of Frankish architecture on the island and an unparalleled venue for intimate chamber music performances. The building also houses an archaeological museum, which records the rich history of human activity in the region from about 2800 BC to the present day. The Royal Manor House, which is part of the Cyprus Tourism Organisation’s “Aphrodite’s Cultural Route”, is also a UNESCO World Heritage site. Palaipaphos, or Old Paphos, was a city-kingdom of Cyprus and one of the most celebrated pilgrimage centres of the ancient Greek world. It was the site of a famous sanctuary of Aphrodite, the oldest remains of which date back to the 12th century BC. Join us in a leisurely exploration of the history and cultural heritage of the western region of Cyprus.
The Shoe Factory is situated in the old part of Nicosia, near the buffer zone. Through it, the Pharos Arts Foundation is helping to revitalize this beautiful and historic section of the capital city by attracting a wide and diversified younger audience. All concerts are characterized by a unique feeling of intimacy and music is performed in an exceptionally inspiring setting: a modern venue decorated with contemporary art by mainly local artists; a venue situated in the “run down” part of Nicosia that offers the audience the unique opportunity to sit within an amazing proximity to world famous artists and experience performances in a venue like no other.
The Olive Grove is a world-class, open-air concert venue, which aims to deliver relaxed and informal events so that intimacy is developed between the artists and the audience. The venue is surrounded by the idyllic forest of Delikipos and is adorned with wooden decks, shallow pools of water, zen landscaping and a uniquely atmospheric lighting. The audience can relax on the chairs, blankets and pillows with a glass of wine.
Ticket price: €10
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