September 2020 – Programme Announcement
Dear music friends,
The International Kalamata Music Days will make their dynamic return at the end of September! From the 25th until the 29th September 2020, with a different event each evening, this concert series will feature innovative projects from acclaimed Greek and international artists.
This year turned out to be highly challenging for the arts and artists alike. After the cancellation of our masterclasses in July due to the developments of the COVID-19 pandemic, we gave our best selves to reorganise a part of our concert programme in a way that adheres to all hygiene and safety regulations. This month’s festival edition is the final product of our efforts. It is organised by the PHARIS – Kalamata Municipality Beneficiary Organisation and the Municipal Conservatory of Kalamata with the co-production of the Region of Peloponnese and was adopted under the auspices of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports.
We are excited to welcome one of the most diverse and brilliant cellists of our times, Jean-Guihen Queyras, together with his son and extraordinary talented young painter Jérémie Queyras. They will intertwine Baroque and contemporary music with live painting performance. Violinist Jonian-Ilias Kadesha and his Caerus Ensemble will be another highlightof the festival. With a colourful variety of ensemble formations and solo violin pieces, this concert will concentrate on 20th-century and contemporary chamber music.
Pianist Manos Kitsikopoulos will perform compositions for piano solo by Liszt, Chopin and Konstantinidis. Furthermore, Arionas Gyftakis and his Jazz Trio will present a fresh concept of moving image accompaniment while aesthetically interacting with the film Daphnis and Chloe (1931) bypoet and early Greek film pioneer Orestis Laskos. The film screening is a co-production with the Filmhouse – New Film Club of Kalamata and the Greek Film Archive.
Finally, pianist Alexia Mouza, violinist Felix Froschhammer and cellist Indira Rahmatulla will return to Kalamata to explore a world of Beethoven and Shostakovich, both of whom were revolutionary composers in their own right!
See our full concert programme here.
We cannot wait to see you all there and share with you the inspiration and beauty of music and arts!
The festival’s founding team
Indira Rahmatulla, Artistic Director
Stathis Giftakis, Financial Manager
Dimitrios Lampos, Production Manager