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Great Performances: From The Acropolis: A Salute To The Games With The Berlin Philharmonic
Posted: July 28th, 2008

GREAT PERFORMANCES continues its tradition of showcasing the world’s preeminent orchestras with the Berlin Philharmonic opening concert for Greece’s Hellenic Festival, the five-month cultural celebration featuring music, theater, and dance in honor of the 2004 summer Olympic Games in Athens. From the spectacular Herodes Atticus amphitheater, against a backdrop of ancient Athens, conductor Sir Simon Rattle leads the Berlin in a concert featuring Johannes Brahms’ towering “Piano Concerto No. 1,” with renowned conductor and pianist Daniel Barenboim as soloist. The program examines modern-day Athens and its connection to the origin of the games, as well as its role as the birthplace of democracy.

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