Cosmos: Alexia and El Sistema Greece in a Christmas Jazz Concert  - Εικόνα

Due to high demand, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) welcomes Alexia and the multicultural symphony orchestra of El Sistema Greece at the Stavros Niarchos Hall for a second concert, on Monday 26/12 at 18.30.


On Monday, December 19, at 20:00, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) will be welcoming at the Stavros Niarchos Hall the beloved singer Alexia, with her timeless presence and unique voice, in a very special collaboration with the multicultural symphony orchestra of El Sistema Greece. 

Shortly before Christmas, El Sistema Greece joins forces with Alexia and her band to present some of the world’s best loved Christmas film songs, dating from the early 1900s to the golden age of Hollywood, under the baton of conductor José Ángel Salazar Marín. Combining jazz with classical music, the masterful musical arrangements ingeniously transpose the sounds of jazz, gospel and swing soundtracks straight into the heart of Athens. 60 young musicians, aged 10–26, featuring a diverse cultural background and tracing their origins in 30 different countries, interpret adaptations of classic tunes to accompany Alexia’s authentic jazz vocals and create a warm and fuzzy holiday atmosphere. 

An unexpected joint appearance, featuring much loved Christmas songs, as well as international hits that are associated with this most magical time of the year, in new exciting covers. 

Alexia is an internationally acclaimed and multi-award-winning singer, composer, songwriter and social activist, who has been repeatedly awarded gold and platinum records and has interpreted various different musical genres. Boasting a 40-year-old career and 45 studio albums, she has developed her very own eclectic musical style, inspired by a wide range of musical genres. Her innate vocal skills, her personal style, her expressive interpretation of songs, the timbre of her voice, with its three-octave range and her characteristic vibrato, embody the essence of her pioneering sound. Alexia has worked with some of the world’s leading musicians, including Mikis Theodorakis, Chick Corea, John Patitucci  and many more. She is a human rights advocate, and continues to broadcast her love of music through thematic concerts worldwide.

The educational music project for social inclusion El Sistema Greece offers free music education to children and young people, aiming to build a community, revolving around music, with no restrictions or discriminations. Founded in November 2017, El Sistema Greece Youth Orchestra is a multicultural orchestra of educational nature, which offers a unique orchestral learning process based on the principles and pioneering teaching practices of El Sistema Venezuela. The orchestra is open to young musicians aged 8-26, who play an orchestral instrument, regardless of their national origin, language or religion. The SNFCC has been supporting El Sistema Greece since its beginnings, and has repeatedly hosted its students, allowing them to participate in high-level concerts and acquire valuable musical experiences. 


Vocals & Concept: Alexia Vassiliou 
Orchestra: El Sistema Greece Youth Orchestra
Conducted by: José Ángel Salazar Marín

Jazz Ensemble: 

Giorgos Morfitis | Piano & Musical Training
Dimitris Kassavetis | Electric Guitar
Philippos Pappas | Tenor Sax Player
Haris Mermigas | Bass (19/12)
George Palamiotis | Bass (26/12)
Nikos Kassavetis | Percussion
Alex Kassavetis | Electric Bass

Musical Arrangement: Giorgos Morfitis 

Alexia's Representation: Delta Pi

Monday 19/12, 20.00 & Monday 26/12, 18.30

Advance Ticket Sales Points:

•    online on Ticket Services website 
•    by phone: 210 7234567 (Ticket Services)
•    at the Ticket Services Box Office (Panepistimiou 39, Athens)

Online tickets pre-sales (Members)
Online tickets pre-sales (Public)

Pre-sale for Members starts on Tuesday 08/11 at 12.00 (limited number of tickets).
Pre-sale for the public starts on Wednesday 09/11 at 12.00.

Pre-sale for the 26/12 concert starts on Monday 19/12 at 12.00.

Ticket Prices:
Zone Α - General entrance €15
Zone Β - General entrance €10,  Concessions €5

Concession tickets of 5€ are available to students, people aged 65+, minors up to 17 years old, the unemployed, companions of Persons with Disabilities, multi-child families and residents of the Municipality of Kallithea.

Children and companions of persons with disabilities can sit with their chaperones and companions in any zone, with a concessions ticket. 

On the day of the event, concession ticket holders will be asked to show their ID, as well as supporting documentation (student card, unemployment card, family status certificate for multi-child parents, utility bill for residents of Kallithea)

Free tickets are available to Persons with Disabilities, by contacting the call center at 210 7234567 or via email at and by showing their ID and certification of disability on the day of the event.

Important information:

  • On Monday the 26th, doors open at 17:45.
  • We suggest that you be at the location no later than 30 minutes before the commencement of the event.
  • Entrance will be possible up to 10 minutes before the event's commencement.
  • Pre-sale is required. No order of priority will be available on-site.
  • Entry is allowed to children aged 6 and above, unless otherwise advertised.
  • All SNFCC areas are accessible to people with disabilities.
  • For more information or clarifications, please contact the SNFCC switchboard on 216 8091000.


This event comes under a grant by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF). Alongside the majority of its events, which are free thanks to a series of SNF grants, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center also organizes a number of events with affordable tickets, thus enriching its income sources and securing its long-term financial integrity.


See also

Sunday 11/12, 21:00

Jazz Chronicles: Harper Xylouri