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The Lullaby Project returns for the fourth year running to the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC), in partnership with the musical social integration program El Sistema Greece and Carnegie Hall.
In this year’s version of the Lullaby Project, renowned Greek composers George Dousis, Alexandros Drosos, Thodoris Oikonomou, Giorgis Manolakis, Katerina Duska, Katerina Polemi, Elena Chounta and Jorge Diaz from Venezuela, home to El Sistema, listen to narratives and emotions, and transcribe them, in turn, into notes to create original musical stories that will be shared with the audience on Monday, June 14, on the Alternative Stage of the Greek National Opera, in a musical celebration dedicated to the greatest love of all.
A couple who decided to expand their 4-member family by adopting another child; a woman learning the world afresh through the unique perspective of her son; women raising their children in refugee centers, hoping for a better tomorrow; a mother who experienced the most devastating loss; and a woman who, having worked alongside hundreds of children for years, is about to bring her first child into the world, a salesman of the street magazine "Shedia" who teaches children to love people, a woman who at the age of 13 left her home in search of a better life and raising the babies of another family became its member and a mother from Venezuela who lives in complete darkness guided by the light of the love for her baby: these are but of a few of the stars of the eight stories of this year’s Lullaby Project.
Katerina Duska and Katerina Polemi will perform their compositions, while the concert will be enriched by the the voices of the Greek National Opera mezzo-soprano, Artemis Bogri, of Irini Tzamtzi and of the young actress Danae Vassilopoulou. The orchestra will be joined on stage by 21-year-old Alexandra Kerlidou, a student of the digital instrument EyeHarp, which allows the performance of music pieces with the eyes.
The innovative community program Lullaby Project was born in December 2011 in New York, by the Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, which brought together new mothers and pregnant women from vulnerable social environments with musical artists, in order to write and sing lullabies to their babies. Since then, these lullabies have been performed at the Lullaby Project’s iconic concerts, whose line-up has included artists such as the acclaimed mezzo soprano Joyce DiDonato, Fiona Apple, Natalie Merchant, etc.
In pursuing its effort to promote social inclusion through music, Carnegie Hall has worked together with El Sistema Greece since 2018, to run the Greek version of the Lullaby Project; El Sistema Greece, in its turn, has innovated and expanded the concept beyond maternity and biological ties to include stories of parental love in all of its forms, dedicated to the greatest little miracles of life: children.
Presentation / Narration: Eliana Chrysikopoulou
Video director: Alexandros Mercouris
Singers: Danae Vassilopoulou, Artemis Bogri, Katerina Duska, Katerina Polemi, Irini Tzamtzi
Music Director: José Ángel Salazar Marín
Choir Conductor: Vagia Papagiannopoulou
With the participation of members of the El Sistema Greece Youth Choir
Lyrics for the composition of Alexandros Drosos: Antriana Minou
The musical social integration program El Sistema Greece offers free musical education to children and young people, with the aim of creating a community centered on music, free of restrictions and discriminations. The SNFCC has supported the organization from its early days, and repeatedly welcomes students from El Sistema Greece, giving them the opportunity to take part in high quality performances, and gain invaluable comprehensive experiences in the world of music.
Monday 14/06, 19.30
Entry is free.
The concert will be held at the Alternative Stage of the Greek National Opera, without the physical presence of an audience. It will be transmitted live at the Panoramic Steps, with free entry for the public, as well as online on this page, on SNFCC's Facebook page and YouTube channel.
*Viewers are advised to bring a throw or blanket to spread on the ground.
There will be no waiting list. According to the protection measures against COVID-19, on the occasion of the exceedance of the Panoramic Steps' visitors maximum capacity, the transmittion will be cancelled. Thank you in advance for your understanding.
The use of face mask and social distancing measures are mandatory in indoor and outdoor areas of the SNFCC, in accordance with Hellenic National Public Health Organization regulations.
The concert will remain uploaded on SNFCC website, on SNFCC's Facebook page and YouTube channel.
Due to public health measures, there may be changes regarding either the staging of the event, or the maximum number of participants.