SEPTEMBER 24 - 30, 2010 By Saskia Constantinou SASKIA’S CHOICE 75 AROUND THE WORLD @ the Movies Exciting new show created in London arriving in Cyprus this month n exciting new show which has just been created in London, will come to Cyprus for two performances on Thursday, September 30 at the Limassol Garden Theatre, and on Tuesday, October 2 at the School of the Blind Amphitheatre in Nicosia. The show titled “@the Movies” will feature the singers Stavros Michalakakos and Valando Tryfonos, who will be accompanied by the Rhythm Kitchen Orchestra who hail from London. Not frying pans and kitchen knives, but a band comprising piano, synthesisers, drums, guitar, trumpet and saxophone - all under the musical direction of Julian Reeve. Reeve trained at the Anglia Polytechnic University in Cambridge and has a long list of credits both as Music Director of shows such as Grease, Footloose, The Sound of Music and Starlight Express, to just name a few. He is also an accomplished composer and has written both incidental music and jingles for several shows. The man behind the staging and visuals is the creative director Ben M. Rogers. On meeting Rogers, one is immediately impressed by his bubbling enthusiasm and dedication to achieving a consistently high level of professionalism. Rogers explained: “This show combines elements of theatre, television and rock and roll which, I hope, will deliver a first class live concert experience.” Rogers is extremely experienced and has designed lighting, set and video in his projects, which range from arena A • Members of the Orchestra of Scottish Opera have been forced to accept new working conditions. The negotiations which have been handled by the Musicians Union mean that players from April 2011 will be offered 31 weeks work and from April 2012 a minimum annual of 28 weeks. All the players are Musicians Union members and believe that the proposals are artistically damaging and do not represent a viable form of employment long term. MU Regional Organiser for Scotland, Sheena Macdonald said: “We believe the company needs to deliver more for the audiences and communities it serves. We urge the management to work with its employees to find different and innovative ways of increasing productivity and achieving financial stability, which won’t compromise the company artistically, and will ensure the long-term future of Scottish Opera.” • The 116th BBC Proms had a record breaking season with regard to attendances. An average 4000 people now attend each of the 76 Royal Albert Hall Proms which is an increase of approximately 5% from last year. Director Roger Wright said: “It’s extremely pleasing to see that audiences are stronger than ever for the BBC Proms, particularly given the large amount of new music in the broad range of programming. There were 31 major new commissions and premieres including 14 BBC commissions as well as numerous works by 20th and 21st century composers. The strong attendance figures are testament to the continuing eagerness to embrace such a wide range of music and the value for money which the Proms offer.” Stavros Michalakakos and Valando Tryfonos spectaculars to intimate studio productions. His career has taken him all over the world designing new productions of major musicals like Cats, The Sound of Music, West Side Story, Evita, Fame and Grease. “I’ve been really fortunate – my career has been varied and I’ve had an opportunity to work with leading international orchestras. I like to fuse state of the art technologies with a more traditional approach, and have innovative solutions to the lighting, stag- ing, projection, graphics and special effects. It’s all part of the experience.” No stranger to Cyprus, Ben has worked on quite a few projects in Cyprus including Remos in Concert, Lord of the Dance, and more recently with the production of Oliver! Winner of the second season of the Greek version of the television singing competition, The X Factor, Limassol born singer Stavros Michalakakos will be joined by Greek Idol winner, Valando Tryfonos. This is the first time they will be performing together in this spectacular new concert. Hit songs from Top Gun, Moulin Rouge, Notting Hill, Titanic, Mamma Mia! and many more are guaranteed to thrill in new arrangements with the Rhythm Kitchen Orchestra whose contemporary live sound is influenced by funk, soul, hip hop, break-beat as well as acoustic pop and jazz. With lots of soulful refrains with jazzy harmonies, it is sure to be an evening to thrill. LOCAL EVENTS • Don’t miss the Brazilian jazz concert with DON’ Rodrigo Lampreia T M I SS on Friday, September 24 at the PlusSea Lifestyle Bar, Amathounta Avenue, Coral Beach, Limassol. The concert begins at 9pm and the €15 ticket includes a drink. Reservations are essential – call 25-634995. and many many more. Stavros Michalakakos and Valando Tryfonos, with a stylish visual design and broad international appeal will appear on September 30 at the Garden Theatre, Limassol and at the School of the Blind on October 2. Book online now – or telephone 7000 9303. Beethoven, Franck and the worldpremiere of Terzakis’ Sprache im Wind. Booking is essential. Online and by telephone 7000 9304. COMPETI T ION • The Oana Catalina Chitu and Bucharest Tango will give a performance on October 8 at the Marios Tokas Municipal Theatre in Kato Polemidia at 8.30. The first part of the concert comprises vocalist Oana Catalina, accordionist Dejan Jovanovic, percussionist Dimitris Christides and violinist Veaceslav Anton. Following the first part, will be a dance interval by professional tango dancers Facundo Gil Juarequi and Julia Gorina. Entrance is FREE. • The next concert of the Pharos Arts Foundation is a violin and piano recital with Danae PapamattheouMatschke and Uwe Matschke on October 8 at the Shoe Factory, Nicosia. She has won numerous first prizes and is currently supported by the Onassis Foundation. The recital will include sonatas by Bach, Win tickets Foundatio to the Pharos Arts n co emailing m ncert on October 8 ea wit t saskia@cytanet. h the answ er question: Who are th to this e artists for the co ncert? • The Rhythm Kitchen Orchestra come straight from London to present @ THE MOVIES in a selection of hit songs from Top Gun, Moulin Rouge, Notting Hill, Mamma Mia!