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Elysium String Quartet

by Karen Barratt, September 1999
On September 4th at 9.00pm, the Elysium String Quartet will be in concert at the Convention Centre of the Porto Paros Hotel (tel. 52010), where they will perform works of Mozart, Schubert, Wagner and Barber, accompanied by the world famous clarinet soloists Stanley and Naomi Drucker. They are performing in Paros in between appearances at the Mykonos Music Festival. The Quartet made its New York Carnegie Hall debut in 1997 and its European debut at the extremely successful 1998 Mykonos International Music Festival of which their conductor, Peter Tiboris, is founder and artistic director. Peter Tiboris, a second generation Greek-American, is a native of Sheboygan, Wisconsin. In recent years he has nurtured close ties with his ancestral homeland and with Greek artists of the Diaspora. He created the Manhattan Philharmonic Orchestra, the Metropolitan Chorale and the Elysium String Quartet.

The members of the Quartet are Jennifer Tiboris (violin), Gary Levinson (violin), Veronica Salas (viola) and Lutz Rath (cello). Their tour takes them to the islands of Mykonos, Santorini and Andros as well as Patras and four venues in Athens. For further details about the Mykonos Music Festival (1-8 Sept) contact Alina Kritas or Argyro Koutsou at the Centre of International Cultural Relations, Athens Tel: 01-323-5295 or Fax: 01-323-9714.

Last year 150 people enjoyed a wonderful evening when the Quartet performed at the home of Petros and Marilyn Metaxa in Sarakiniko near Naoussa. This year, they make a very welcome return on Sunday 5th September at 8.30pm, when they will be again performing in aid of the new site for the Aegean Wildlife Hospital at Kamares. If you would like to enjoy a singular opportunity to listen to some wonderful music whilst sampling Marilyn Metaxa’s delicious cuisine and supporting a very worthy cause, please contact Marios Fournaris (tel: 22931) or Petros and Marilyn Metaxas (tel: 51637). Tickets cost 7,500 drs each (including four-course dinner and drinks).

Reminder: The Aegean Wildlife Hospital is a non-profit organisation run by volunteers. Money to run the Hospital is raised by subscriptions and the donations of members and friends, one of whom could be you. If you would like to support this worthwhile effort, please visit the Hospital personally or make your donation directly into the Commercial Bank of Greece, account number 38494384.
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