» Home    » Cyprus Timeline    » Contact Us    » Links

Embassy News

Vienna Mozart Orchestra to perform in Cyprus
2005-04-05 11:38:52

Nicosia, Apr 5 (CNA) -- Cyprus is the last international stop of the Vienna Mozart Orchestra this winter.

The Orchestra will give two concerts in Cyprus, one in Larnaca on April 11 at the Municipal Theatre within the municipality’s Classical Music Festival and on the 13th April at the Strovolos Municipal Theatre in Nicosia.

The programme of the Vienna Mozart Concerts is characterised by a very accurate selection of the works. The artistic conception giving ground to the musical sequence of overtures, arias, duets, movements of symphonies and concerts offers powerful insight in the titanic works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

The concerts are also a prelude to the start of celebrations for the 250 years since the birth of the great composer, that are taking place in his homeland, Austria.

Education and Culture Minister Pefkios Georgiades said his presence at a press conference to announce the concerts on Monday shows the significance which his ministry is attaching to these two concerts which are especially important to Cypriots because of the participation of Cypriot baritone Kyros Patsalides.

On his part, the baritone said he was greatly honoured to be included in the musical map of this great orchestra which has played throughout the world.

“Especially in Cyprus, the land of heroes and fighters of freedom, we should set aside music, which has an expiration date, and see that we have before us a music that will last for centuries”, said Patsalides.

He remarked that Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was “very charismatic, sensitive with high morals”, just like those who fought during the EOKA liberation struggle in Cyprus.

Patsalides expressed the wish that the Orchestra plays again in a reunited Cyprus.

The Vienna Mozart Orchestra was founded in 1986 by musicians from the best and most famous Viennese orchestras and from various chamber music ensembles. The artists all shared the aim to preserve the musical tradition and the cultural heritage of Vienna by dedicating themselves to the cultivation and representation of symphonic chamber music of the Viennese Classical Period.

As the name Vienna Mozart Orchestra implies, the 30 musicians devote themselves exclusively to the works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the most accomplished representative of that period who, though born in Salzburg, found his home in Vienna. The orchestra's repertoire ranges from all of Mozart's symphonies to a great variety of his instrumental concertos (for violin, piano and wind) to arias and duets from his most famous operas.

The special attraction of the orchestra, under conductor Manuel Hernandez Silva, is the Viennese Mozart Concerts performed in historical costumes.

Today the Viennese Mozart Concerts represent one of the highlights of the Viennese musical events and are an important part of the cultural and artistic life of the Austrian capital. The concerts take place in the Golden Hall of the Musikverein, in the Wiener Konzerthaus and in the Great Hall of the Hofburg (Imperial Palace), Vienna's biggest and most famous concert halls.

Printer Friendly Page