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October 25, 2020

Celebration of the National Day of Greece at the Romanian Athenaeum

The Embassy of Greece in Bucharest celebrated the 196th Anniversary of the Greek Revolution for Independence, proclaimed on the 25th of March 1821, with a concert of Greek classical music at the prestigious “Athenaeum ” Concert Hall of Bucharest, followed by an official reception.  The concert was performed by the renown “Athens String Quartet” and included compositions of the Greek composers Carrer, Papanas and Skalkotas.

The “Athens String Quartet” was formed in 2010 by leading members of the Athens State Orchestra. Performing is Bucharest was a unique opportunity to familiarize the Romanian public with Greek classical music. The compositions chosen were associated with the Greek Revolution for Independence. The masterpiece “Gero Dimos” of  Carrer is a hymn to an old hero of the Fight for Freedom. Carrer was always inspired by national themes and is considered as one of the “National Composers” of Greece. The composition “Five Greek dances for string quartet – Epirotikos, Kretikos, Tsamikos, Arkadikos, Kleftikos” of Skalkotas is based on traditional folk Greek dances, popular during the era of the Revolution. Skalkotas is one of the most significant European composers of the 20th century. Papanas is a contemporary Greek composer and mathematician and has performed as a violinist with some of the most prestigious orchestras worldwide.

Μembers of the political, economic and cultural life of Romania, representatives of the Diplomatic Corps, as well as many Greeks living in Romania honoured the concert and the reception with their presence. Happy National Day Greece!



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