Tribute to Iannis Xenakis | dissonArt ensemble play Xenakis Tribute to Iannis Xenakis | dissonArt ensemble play Xenakis
Alternative Stage
Tribute to Iannis Xenakis | dissonArt ensemble play Xenakis
26 May 2022 
Δημιουργική Ομάδα

dissonArt ensemble play Xenakis

Plektó (1993)
Kaï (1995) 
Ikhoor (1978) 
Akanthos (1977)

Conductor: Johannes Kalitzke

Ilektra Platiopoulou (mezzo-soprano)

Co-production with the Thessaloniki Concert Hall

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Ticket prices: 12€, 15€ • Students, children: 10€


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Alternative Stage

Tribute to Iannis Xenakis | dissonArt ensemble play Xenakis


Greek National Opera Alternative Stage
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center

Starts at 20.30  |   


The production is made possible by a grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) [] to enhance the Greek National Opera’s artistic outreach.

The Greek National Opera Alternative Stage participates in the celebration of the centenary of the birth of the great 20th-century music innovator Iannis Xenakis with an extensive programme of concerts and performances covering the whole spectrum from his groundbreaking solo works to his stage works. The four parts of the Tribute to Iannis Xenakis will be presented on the GNO Alternative Stage at the SNFCC on 7, 8, 20, 22, 26 May 2022.

The active dissonArt ensemble from Thessaloniki, one of the most significant contemporary music “ambassadors” in Greece, comes back to the Alternative Stage to honour the centenary of Iannis Xenakis’ birth with a programme of works for chamber music by the composer covering the three last decades of his nearly fifty-year-long creative period. The ensemble is conducted by contemporary music specialist, German composer and conductor Johannes Kalitzke.

The concert programme begins with two works from Xenakis austere, ascetic and inward-looking late period: the elaborate and transparent Plekto and the dense, contrapuntal Kaï, written for two German ensembles in the 90s. The famous 1978 string trio Ikhoor, named after the “transparent and ethereal liquid flowing in gods’ veins instead of blood” and exploring the glissando technique in strings, is followed by the programme’s oldest score, the timbrally adventurous work Anaktoria , written in 1969 in the United States of America, named after one of Sappho’s famous lovers, and described by the composer as “music for love, love in all of its forms: carnal, spiritual, intellectual etc. “ The concert comes complete with the 1977 work Akanthos, one of Xenakis most melodious scores, whose writing tenderly and organically interweaves the female voice (part of which is here performed by the world-acclaimed multi-faceted mezzo-soprano Ilektra Platiopoulou) with an instrumental ensemble.