It’s early August, my favorite time of the year as I anticipate my return to Athens, but more important, the announcement of the schedule of concerts and other performances at my favorite outdoor concert venues in and around Athens.
This year I am a bit early with my post, since thanks to some advance planning, the Greeks have actually announced the scheduled concerts already! The beautiful part of having the schedule so far in advance is that you still have time to catch a deal on plane fare from the US (or wherever you call home) to Athens for one of the many terrific lineups …. And the bonus? Unlike an American concert, where you get the opening act and the headliner – Greek concerts are often a large reunion of the biggest names in the music industry. Not one or two performers, but six or sixteen! Trust me when I promise you that you will not ever be disappointed attending a live, outdoor Greek concert.
So, without keeping you reading any longer, here’s the schedule of performers at the theater under the Acropolis, also known as the Herod Atticus Theater, the Herodion, the Herodio, the Odeion and just plain: the theater at the Acropolis –
** Update 8/21/09** Several announced concerts have apparently either not been confirmed or tickets have not gone on sale yet. Concerts with links to ticket sales are confirmed, those without, are not. I recommend subscribing to post updates as I will be updating this list as new information becomes available. (Like I have said many times … Greece is not a place about ‘advance planning’, so pour yourself an ouzo and relax, missing information will be forthcoming.)
September Concerts at the Herodion
September 3 Haris Alexiou (benefit concert for «Together for the Child» www.mazigiatopaidi.gr) SOLD OUT
September 4 City of Athens Musical Concert (benefit concert «Greek Psychiatry Organization»)
September 5 Yannis Parios (benefit for the homeless of Athens)
September 7 Leonard Cohen **NOTE: 8/28/09 It seems to be canceled. Sign up for updates to the blog to be notified as soon as we know more about the concert and ticketing.
September 9 Anna Vissi (benefit for ΕΛΕΠΑΠ) **NOTE: 8/19/09 There is conflicting info on this concert, whether it will take place or not. Sign up for updates to the blog to be notified as soon as we know more about the concert and ticketing.
September 10 Dimitris Mitropanos Online Tickets
September 12 Yorgos Xatzinasios «Το Χρονικό της Αλώσεως» (benefit for the Greek school of Constantinopolis) Tickets online
September 13 Luz Kazal (Λουζ Καζάλ) Tickets online
September 15 Tatiana Papageorgiou, Agni Baltsa, Stavros Xarhakos (Philharmonic) Tickets online
September 17 Amnesty International Benefit Concert with Savvopoulos, Dalaras, Glykeria, Thalassinos, Ketime, Andronidis, Negkas **NOTE: 8/19/09 There is conflicting info on this concert, whether it will take place or not. It is most likely CANCELED. Sign up for updates to the blog to be notified as soon as we know more about the concert and ticketing.
September 19 Jose Carreras Tickets online
September 21 Paco Pena, Thanasis Palikandriotis, Dulce Pontes, FADOS – FLAMENCO – REMBETIKO Tickets
September 22 National Odeon «Smyrna, Sometime Ago» (Philharmonic) Tickets online
September 24 Vanessa Mae Tickets online
September 26 Stamatis Spanoudakis
September 28 «In the realm of the gypsy», flamenco tribute to Kosta Xatzi (Philharmonic ).
September 30 Εύα Κιούπικ and the Hellenic Orchestra
October Concerts at the Herodion
October 2 Eric Clapton *NOTE: 8/25/09 This concert has been CANCELED.
October 5 ΣΕΗ Musical tribute to Katrakis, Lempetis, Merkouri and Horn