ERT National Symphony Orchestra - Katia & Marielle Labèque - Dionysios Dervis-Bournias - Dionysios Sourbis

World Music Day
Works by Saint-Saëns, Pécou / Savvopoulos, Bizet

Once again this year, the ERT National Symphony Orchestra and the Athens Epidaurus Festival celebrate the World Music Day or Fête de la musique, holding a big concert, with free admission, at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus.

In the first part of the evening, the orchestra will perform Camille Saint-Saëns’ delightful Le Carnaval des animaux (1886), an extremely popular, for grown-ups and kids alike, work, which contains references to Mendelssohn, Berlioz and Offenbach, and is based on humorous improvisations whose students encouraged him to write down.

In the second part, the mood shifts completely, as one of the greatest composers of our time, Thierry Pécou, is in dialogue with Dionysis Savvopoulos’ Zeibekiko. Pécou continues the journey of this melody, travelling through different styles and eras, and creating a nightmarish instrumental background with references to Xenakis’ work.

In the third and final part, the orchestra ends on a high note, performing two orchestral suites from Bizet’s Carmen. One of the most popular works of the world repertoire, the two suites have been recorded by some of the greatest conductors. French-Greek maestro Dionysios Dervis-Bournias conducts, while Katia and Marielle Labèque, the world-class piano duo for half a century now, perform the piano.


Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)

Le Carnaval des animaux


Thierry Pécou (1965-) / Dionysis Savvopoulos (1944-)



Georges Bizet (1838-1875)

Carmen, Suites No. 1 & No. 2