European concert in Athens with Simon Rattle and Leonidas Kavakos

In 2015, in the year of the great European and Greek crisis, the Berliner Philharmoniker and Sir Simon Rattle held their European concert in Athens as a sign of their commitment to solidarity on the old continent. Leonidas Kavakos dazzled as the soloist in Sibelius’ Violin Concerto.
Impressions from Athens by Monika Rittershaus

02 May 2015

Impressionen aus Athen

Leonidas Kavakos
Rachel Helleur, Luis Felipe Coelho, Bettina Sartorius
Cornelia Gartemann, Noah Bendix-Balgley
Eva-Maria Tomasi
Wieland Welzel and Peter Riegelbauer

02 May 2015

and part 3. What a wonderful “Backstage” area this garden is!

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Rachel Helleur and Cornelia Gartemann
Andreas Ottensamer and Ulrich Wolff
Stagehand Daniel Betak
French horns receiving their applause: Sarah Willis, Klaus Wallendorf, Andrej Zust and our guest solo horn Samuel Seidenberg

02 May 2015

Teil 2…

Part 2…

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Christian Stadelmann, Eva-Maria Tomasi, Christophe Horak
Aleksandar Ivic and Dorian Xhoxhi
Holm Birkholz, Bettina Sartorius
Leonidas Kavakos and 1st concertmaster Noah Bendix-Balgley expert-talking
Gunars Upatnieks, double bass

02 May 2015

Impressionen vom Europakonzert Teil 1

Impressions from the European concert part 1

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01 May 2015

On a big screen in the garden of the Megaron concert hall the European concert was broadcasted outdoors. After the concert Sir Simon and orchestra musicians surprised the public with a little speech about music as a unifying language.

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(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)

01 May 2015

After a magnifient Sibelius concerto the enthusiastic Athens public was additionally rewarded with an encore from soloist Leonidas Kavakos.

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(Photo: Monika Rittershaus and Stefan Stahnke)

01 May 2015

Appropriately the European concert was moderated in two languages, Greek and German.

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Sir Simon Rattle
Daniele Damiano, Egor Egorkin, Andreas Blau, Albrecht Mayer
Alexander Bader, Andreas Ottensamer, Daniele Damiano
Luis Felipe Coelho
Martin Kretzer, Gabor Tarkövi, Wieland Welzel, Olaf Ott, Jesper Busk Sorensen, Thomas Leyendecker
Bruno Delepelaire

01 May 2015

You can follow us live via TV, Internet or Radio to Athens. The concert starts at 11.00 (Berlin time) and will be broadcastet via Kulturradio (also Live-Stream on the internet) and Das Erste (first German public television).

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Akropolis seen from the roof of our hotel

01 May 2015

Willkommen in Athen! Hier findet heute unser traditionelles Europakonzert statt.

Welcome to Athens! Today we’ll perform our traditional European concert here at the Megaron concert hall.

Photos: Monika Rittershaus