Heidi Trautmann

Oct 05-16 : 8th International Pharos Contemporary Music Festival at the Shoe Factory Nicosia



5-16 OCTOBER 2015


The INTERNATIONAL PHAROS CONTEMPORARY MUSIC FESTIVAL has established itself as one of the most innovative and cutting-edge annual music events in the Eastern Mediterranean. Under the artistic direction of the internationally renowned Cypriot composer, Evis Sammoutis, the Festival is dedicated to the promotion of new music: The well-established masterpieces of the contemporary music literature of the 20th century as well as new works by the younger generation of composers. The Festival has so far presented hundreds of Cyprus premieres as well as a great number of world premieres by composers who have been especially commissioned by the Foundation to write new pieces for the occasion. Providing a platform for composers and performers to advance and develop new projects and explore new sound worlds in chamber music settings, the Festival aspires to acquaint the general audience of Cyprus with the music of our times as this is directly linked with many forms of visual and creative arts, and sciences, and it reflects the profundity of the modern-day man and human spirit. 


Wednesday 5 October 2016 / 20:30
CONCERT with vocalist Marianne Pousseur and ensemble Het Collectief under the direction of Robin Engelen in Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire, Berg’s Pieces for Clarinet & Piano Op.5 and Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht.
Thursday 6 October 2016 / 11.00
LECTURE by Marianne Pousseur on Vocal Techniques in New Music, followed by a workshop with the participation of young professional singers. 

Thursday 6 October 2016 / 20:30
SCREENING of Larry Weinstein’s documentary, My War Years – Arnold Schoenberg 

Sunday 9 October 2016 / 19:30
PRE-CONCERT TALK by the composer Andreas Tsiartas: Memory and Oblivion – Psychological and Musical aspects on Beat Furrer’s Lotófagos 

Sunday 9 October 2016 / 20: 30
CONCERT with soprano Hélène Fauchère and double-bassist Uli Fussenegger in Beat Furrer’s Lotófagos I, as well as works by Henry Purcell, Klaus Huber, Vito Zuraj and Evis Sammoutis. 

Tuesday 11 October 2016 / 20:30 
SCREENING of Judit Kele’s documentary, Kurtág: The Matchstick Man

Wednesday 12 October 2016 / 20:30
CONCERT with mezzo-soprano Loré Lixenberg and violinist Aisha Orazbayeva in Kurtág’s Kafka Fragments. 

Sunday 16 October 2016 / 20:30
PIANO RECITAL with Joseph Houston in works by Messiaen, Ives, Xenakis, Scarlatti, Liszt, Thomas Simaku and Christian Mason.

*** Contact the Pharos Arts Foundation for the schedule of the Educational Activities which will take place in the mornings.

Information: Pharos Arts Foundation Tel. (+357) 22-663871 / www.pharosartsfoundation.org 
Tickets: €10 for the concerts. All other events are Free Entrance.
Box Office: Directly from the Foundation’s website www.pharosartsfoundation.org or Tel. 9666-9003 (Monday-Friday 10:00am-3:00pm) 
Educational Activities: The Festival will host a great number of educational activities, some of them in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Culture, which will be open to the public. For more information about these activities please contact the Pharos Arts Foundation. 

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