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Musical farewell from Constance

Tears, gratitude and standing ovations accompanied Vassilis Christopoulos' farewell concerts in Constance at the end of his ten-year-tenure as Chief Conductor of the Southwest German Philharmonic Orchestra. You can read the critique of their last concert with Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony and Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique under the title "A musical legacy" (in German).

 

Moving last subscription concerts in Constance

Standing ovations in Constance; that's a rare sight! On 22 April the audience sprang to its feet after an emotionally charged performance of Elgar's "Enigma" Variations, while on 24 April they thanked Vassilis Christopoulos with long lasting rhythmical applause. The musicians of the Southwest German Philharmonic Orchestra refused to stand up at the end of both evenings, thus honouring their Music Director for the last ten years.

 

A very successful Murderess

Giorgos Koumendakis's new opera "The Murderess", which was premièred by Vassilis Christopoulos in November, was hailed as a masterpiece by the critics and greeted with great enthusiasm by the Greek audience. Arts editors characterized the production as a milestone in the history of the Greek National Opera.

 

New subscribers' record in Constance!

The number of Southwest German Philharmonic Orchestra's subscribers has reached a new all-time high, exceeding the 2.500 mark for the first time in the Orchestra's history. Constance has a population of app. 85.000

 

A successful season beginn

After a wonderful series of five concerts in France with the Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire and outstanding soloist Tedi Papavrami, Vassilis Christopoulos opened his tenth and last season as Music Director of the Southwest German Philharmonic Orchestra in Constance with a - literally - magical programme. Read here the enthusiastic critique on Südkurier (in German).

 

A discourteous replacement

On Saturday 10 May, one day after Vassilis Christopoulos' term as Artistic Director of the Athens State Orchestra expired, the Minister of Culture unexpectedly announced his replacement without prior notice and without even a "pro forma" word of thanks to Cristopoulos for his services. The press and musical community in Greece seem to be in a state of shock, wondering and speculating about the motives behind this discourteous move. Newspapers have been asking daily why a director who in three years – years of harsh financial crisis – dramatically improved the orchestra’s performance, doubled ticket sales, introduced a wide-ranging social and educational programme, and in so many ways changed the Orchestra's image for the better, had to be removed?

 

Uncertainty until the last minute

Less than a month before his term officially expires on 9 May, Vassilis Christopoulos still doesn't know whether he will be renewed as Director of the Athens State Orchestra! The responsible minister of Culture remains silent about the matter - despite all the pressure from the press. Greece does not seem able to brake the curse of last minute decisions...

 

Vassilis Christopoulos awarded Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters

On behalf of the French Minister of Culture, Ambassador of France to Greece, Mr. Jean-Loup Kuhn-Delforge, conferred on Vassilis Christopoulos the insignia of Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters (Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres) in a ceremony at the French Residence in Athens on 18 September. The French Ambassador expressed his admiration for Mr. Christopoulos' artistic accomplishments and his country's gratitude for the conductor's "continuous efforts to present the richness of French music to the Greek and international public".

 

Vassilis Christopoulos to leave Constance in 2015

Vassilis Christopoulos has announced his decision not to seek a third term as Chief Conductor of the Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie Konstanz. He will leave the orchestra at the end of his second five-year contract in summer 2015.

 

Cancellation of the concert on 14 June

The Greek government in an unprecedented and unforeseen move on Tuesday 11 June has shut down the Greek Radio and Television, thus dismissing instantly all of its employees, including the members of the Greek Radio Choir, which ceased to exist there and then. The Athens State Orchestra has, therefore, sadly been obliged to cancel its concert with Verdi’s Requiem on 14 June, as it could no longer take place without the Greek Radio Choir, one of its basic participants.

 
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