‘Igor Stravinsky: The Firebird’
THESSALONIKI STATE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AND THESSALONIKI CONCERT HALL
The Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra and the Thessaloniki Concert Hall proposal brings together music and dance.
Dancers from all age, life backgrounds and dance styles will meet with the orchestra on stage united by the music of Stravinsky. A great challenge in a work based on the impulses of the music where the work of the group brings on stage the power of the Firebird.
The aim is not to tell a story. The director and Choreographer Ester Ambrosino wants to reach the emotion evoked by the music, and through dance convey it to the audience.
The projections work and the costumes by Yiannis Katranitsas will give important support to the work. Dance together with the stage setting will create the right atmosphere that will allow the audience to get totally involved in the piece.
The magical world of the renowned Russian fairytale becomes a reality real through music, dance and pictures.
Conductor: Vladimiros Symeonidis
Choreography: Ester Ambrosino
Assistant Choreographer: Veronicca Braccacini
Sets-Costumes-Video Projections: Yannis Katranitsas
Lighting: Stella Kaltsou
Co-Production of Τhe Thessaloniki Concert Hall and The Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra
THESSALONIKI STATE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
The Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra is one of the most important cultural organizations in Greece two leading symphonic ensembles in Greece. The orchestra’s extensive repertoire includes works from the baroque to the avant-garde.
The TSSO was founded in 1959, by the Greek composer Solon Michaelides. In 1966 it became a state orchestra. Many important Greek musicians became directors of the TSSO. First in line was its founder, followed by Georgios Thymis, Alkis Baltas, Karolos Trikolidis, Kosmas Galileas, Konstantinos Patsalides, Leonidas Kavakos, Mikis Michaelides, Myron Michailidis, Alexandre Myrat and Georgios Vranos. Today the TSSO numbers approximately one hundred and five musicians and its current artistic director is Zoi Tsokanou, the first lady in this position.
Apart from the weekly performances of symphonic music in concerts, the T.S.S.O. covers a wide range of artistic activities performing opera, ballet, music for silent films etc. Moreover, the orchestra has engaged itself in a number of educational programs designed for children, young people and families, promoting its goal of molding the future audience of music-lovers.
One of the basic aims of the T.S.S.O. is to promote the Greek musical heritage, giving many Greek and world premieres. Accordingly, the orchestra is interested in promoting young artists, many of which are renowned in the Greek and international music scene. A pioneering artistic institution of Greece, the T.S.S.O. records for international labels, such as BIS, NAXOS and EMI Classics.
The list of Greek and foreign conductors and soloists who have collaborated with the TSSO includes a significant number of famous artists. Every year the orchestra tours the entire country, giving particular emphasis in visits to cities of Northern Greece. In recent years, the TSSO has also appeared internationally at Valencia, Beijing, Prague, Florence, Pistoia, Berlin, Strasbourg, Clermont-Ferrand and Munich.
Webpage of the orchestra: www.tsso.gr