2020-06-28 13:46:51 UTC
"Leonidas Kavakos Performs Bach in Epidaurus
65 Years Athens & Epidaurus Festival Special Event
The 2020 edition of the Epidaurus Festival opens with a world-class, special surprise event, marking 65 years of rich, continuous history for the Festival.
On 17 July, Leonidas Kavakos, one of the world’s leading violinists, will stand, completely alone, at the centre of the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus, where he will perform works by Johann Sebastian Bach, in a concert that is widely expected to be a milestone in the history of the Festival.
The iconic ancient theatre will host a major musical event, a landmark moment offering us an expanded, creative experience of this Festival venue, and ‘inhabiting’ it in a startling, unconventional manner.
Kavakos’ appearance in Epidaurus harks back to the primary function of Theatre as a place of healing, relief and therapy.
In the greatest healing centre of the ancient world, the Sanctuary of god Asclepius, Leonidas Kavakos shares with us a rare, uplifting moment, a musical prayer for the age of the pandemic.
In the midst of this great challenge for humanity, the Athens & Epidaurus Festival sends out a message of hope, offering an atmospheric experience to the audience.
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Partita No. 3 in E major for Solo Violin, BWV 1006
Sonata No. 1 in G minor for Solo Violin, BWV 1001
Partita No. 2 in D minor for Solo Violin, BWV 1004
Leonidas Kavakos, violin
running time 70΄ (no interval)
The Athens & Epidaurus Festival will be realised in compliance with the special directives of the health authorities. Public health and a sense of responsibility towards audiences and artists take precedence over all other considerations.
Audiences are kindly requested to arrive at the venue 90’ prior to the start of the performance, to avoid inconvenience, in compliance with the health authorities’ instructions."