2012 Samos Young Artists Festival Kicks off Next Week



The 2012 Samos Young Artists Festival kicks off next week, August 6-12 for the third consecutive year.

Each year in August, talented international young artists are invited to perform in concert at the Samos Young Artists Festival in Greece.

The Greek conductor, composer and professor Konstantia Gourzi is the artistic director of the festival 2012. She places the fusion of different musical epochs and genres at the heart of the program: classical music and improvisation come together and melt into one.

The Samos Young Artists Festival is intended to serve as a creative center for the residents of Samos, its audience, and artists. It should provide inspiration through its new style of musical encounter and illuminate beyond the coasts of the island.

The concerts take place outdoors in the Ancient Theater of Pythagorion, Greece.

The theater lies on a hillside at the foot of Mount Kastri, not far from the monastery Panagia Spiliani with a view of the port city Pythagorion – a UNESCO world heritage site – and the sea.

The construction of the theater goes back to the 4th century B.C. Today the theater has 1,000 seats.

During the festival, Samos composer Manolis Kalomiris will be honored on the occasion of the 50th year anniversary of his death.

“Music flows across the sea”  – this is the motto to which the Samos Young Artists Festival in 2012 is dedicated.

Various ensembles from Europe, the eastern Mediterranean region and the USA will play classical and romantic pieces, as well as contemporary compositions from the home countries of participating musicians.

At the end of the festival, all musicians will perform together and will improvise to Greek folk songs and themes of selected international composers who have an anniversary in 2012.