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“Greece: The Light and the Legend” – 7th ANO International Organ Festival

The ANO International Organ Festival renews its meeting with the public for the 7th consecutive year and invites you all to a fête of sounds and musical moments to be held at St. George’s cathedral in Ano Syros surrounded by the most breathtaking view of the area.

At the initiative of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Syros and thanks to the support by the Syros Greek Catholic Association, the ANO International Organ Festival, launched seven years ago with a view to showcasing the organ located at St. George’s Cathedral in Ano Syros and to reviving the medieval settlement of Ano Syros, and continues its rising course placing its emphasis on its international character.

Under the artistic direction of Hermoupolis-born conductor Stefanos Tsialis, former Artistic Director of the Athens State Orchestra, and the guidance of the organizational details undertaken by the festival’s Executive Director Charis Vekris, starting on Monday, August 21, 2023, and ending on Saturday, August 26, 2023, the ANO International Organ Festival welcomes: seminal artists from Italy, Poland, Germany, the Czech Republic, and Greece; “From Mozart to Morricone,” an unexpected meeting of strings; and the National Museum of Prague’s exhibition “Famous Czech Composers”.

The program of our concerts opens with an organ recital by Gianluca Libertucci, Organist for the Vicariate of the Vatican City at St. Peter’s Basilica. It will continue on Wednesday, 23/08 with a singular synergy between Organist Michal Markuszewski, Lecturer at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, and Martina Reitmann, principal horn player with the German Radio Philharmonic in Saarbruecken. As it is our custom every year, on Friday, 25/08, the ANO International Organ Festival will be moving to the courtyard of the Sanctuary “Our Lady of Hope” of the Holy Monastery of the Sisters of Mercy in Hermoupolis for the concert of the “Athens Classical Players” string ensemble. The ensemble’s members are all musicians with the Athens State Orchestra. Our program will close on Saturday, 26/08 with a joint performance by distinguished Czech organist Karel Martínek and Syros-born soprano Christina Asimakopoulou of the Greek National Opera.

As in all previous years, this year as well, all concerts will be introduced and presented by Nikos Kanellopoulos, music producer and consultant for the ANO International Organ Festival’s artistic program.

All events are open free of charge to the public.

The ANO International Organ Festival takes place under the auspices and funding offered by the Hellenic Ministry of Culture & Sports, and the General Secretariat of the Aegean and Island Policy.