MINNEAPOLIS, MN – On February 17 at 3 PM (CST), Greek pianist Christos Marinos will be giving his first doctoral recital at the University of Minnesota, titled Of Greece & Greeks. For those who cannot make it in person, the university will be live-streaming the recital at the following link: https://cla.umn.edu/music/ensembles-creative-work/watch-listen/lloyd-ultan-recital-hall on the day and time of the event.
Marinos noted that “the program will mainly feature works for voice and piano by Greek or of Greek heritage composers of the 20th and 21st centuries. The first part will include seven songs by Schubert on poems by Heine, Schiller, Goethe, and Mayrhofer, inspired by Greek mythology and ancient Greek drama, and the “Drei Lieder” (U.S. premiere) by composer-pianist Rena Kyriakou (mostly remembered today for her recordings of the complete Mendelssohn works, as well as for championing the music of Chabrier, Granados, and Field).
“The second half of the program consists of the following works: the world premiere of “When I too long” by Niki Harlafti (dedicated to Christos Marinos), the U.S. premieres of “An Elegy” by Linda Kouvaras, and “Oh for my true love” and “Ribbons” by Vivien Lambent, and the Minnesota premiere of the “6 Songs on poems by T. S. Eliot” by Jani Christou. Sopranos Rebecca Blackwell and Sarah Howes, mezzo-sopranos Sophia Prasinos and Alyssa Becker, and tenor Chul Young Kim will join me.”
“Heartfelt thanks to the Archive of Greek Composers and Mr. Thomas Tamvakos, the Archive of Greek Music and Mr. Giorgos Konstantzos, the Jani Christou Archive and Mrs. Sandra Christou, and Mr. Pavlos Kalligas for their constant support and help regarding my research, and to Niki Harlafti for dedicating her work to me,” Marinos concluded.
The event is free and open to the public. Tickets are not necessary, seating is general admission and available on a first-come, first-seated basis.
More information is available online: events.umn.edu.