Athens – Megaron concert hall
When the Athens Concert Hall (the “Megaron”) opened in 1991 Greece acquired for the first time a state-of-the-art cultural centre of international status, which has gone on to earn considerable respect for the quality of its acoustics.
The Concert Hall is a creative arena for cultural and educational activities, an arts centre organized along contemporary lines to promote the role of culture in the community. It offers an excellent example of successful collaboration between the state and the private sector.
The Athens Concert Hall Organization is a non-profit-making organization administered by a board of trustees, half of whose members are appointed by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, and half by the Friends of Music – also a non-profit-making charitable association.
The Megaron is home to the Athens Camerata, which, since its foundation in 1991 by the Friends of Music Society, under the artistic direction of Alexandros Myrat established a reputation as a versatile period and modern instrument ensemble of the highest standards, encompassing a wide repertoire from early baroque to the 21st century including opera.
Sir Neville Marriner who took over the artistic direction of the orchestra for the period 2000-2001 and continued as its honorary chairman (2001-2007), contributed further to the orchestra’s growing international recognition.
The Athens Concert Hall is also home to an ever-expanding library of works on music and the other arts, designed and organized to international standards.
The collection is enormous, and growing steadily, with a wealth of books and records featuring western music, as well as all manifestations of music in the Greek world – ancient, Byzantine, folk music, popular and art music, rembetika, etc.
The material housed in the library also includes archives of composers, rare collections, jazz and examples of the music of traditional cultures around the world.
The Athens Concert Hall is centrally located and has easy access by metro (“Megaron Mousikis” station), bus and trolley buses.
- March 2014: Rising Stars: concert by Leticia Moreno & János Balázs Jr | Nikos Skalkottas, Concertini | Steve Turre & Jazz Shells of Passion | Greek National Opera, Swan Lake | G. Dalaras, Greek poetry in M. Theodorakis’ music | Kyogen Theatre, ‘The Snail’ | Yiorgos Psihoyios Trio, ‘From Rembetiko to Jazz’ | Jil Aigrot, ‘Edith’
- February 2014: Rising Stars: Van Baerle Piano Trio | Qua’SH Quartet of Sensation & Illusion | Ballet: Swan Lake | Peter Maxwell Davies “Icones” | Encardia & Pleiades in “Stone Women” | MusicAeterna & Teodor Currentzis
- January 2014: Rising Stars: Pablo Held JazzTrio | Giuseppe Verdi, Macbeth
- November 2013: L’Arpeggiata in “Mediterraneo/Mesogeios” | China Disabled People’s Performing Art Troupe in “My Dream”
- October 2013: Cabaret
- September 2013: Nikos Xydakis in ‘Raining in the Highway’ | Beryozka
- July 2013: Greek Festival: Le Cercle de l’Harmonie – Jérémie Rhorer concert
- June 2013: Greek Festival: MusicAeterna – Teodor Currentzis concert | Greek Festival: G. F. Handel, Alessandro
- April 2013: Sergei Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet – Ballet | Musical Gastronomy: Rossini Gala
- March 2013: Ourania Gasiou, organ recital
- February 2013: G. Verdi: ‘Nabucco’ | ‘Rodin’ ballet by Boris Eifman | Concert by Stavros Xarhakos & Stamatis Kokotas | The Athens State Orchestra in concert | Hertz Festival 2013 | Giselle
- January 2013: Musical Gastronomy: Tafelmusik | The Athens State Orchestra in concert | ‘I Vespri siciliani’ by Giuseppe Verdi | Mikis Theodorakis’ Symphonic Work
- September 2012: Dimitris Kalantzis Quintet – Mano’s | Diana Vishneva in “Dialogues” | “Night Confessions” concert
- July 2012: MusicAeterna orchestra in concert | Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in concert | Perm Tchaikovsky Opera & Ballet Theatre | Soul Station Band: “Back home blues” | Dimitris Kalantzis Quintet in concert | Dimitris Kalantzis Quintet – Mano’s