Thursday, November 19, 2009

100 - Count'em - Guitars

Another one for Mr. Guinness: 100 guitars gather under the stars to play Libertango.

The venue is the ancient Odeon of Herodes Atticus at the base of the Acropolis in Athens. Built in the year 161 A.D. and "remodeled" in the 1950's with a new marble stage, the Odeon has been the site of countless memorable performances ranging from the Bolshoi Ballet, to Maria Callas, to Yani, to today's featured video of 100 guitars (and a violin and cello) assembled and led by Evangelos Boudounis. Boudounis is one of the best known classical guitarists in the world and is particularly noted for his duo performances with Maro Razi. But it is Boudounis' role as a teacher which brings together these 100 guitarists - all are current students or graduates of his school. This guitar orchestra with its constantly changing membership has been performing since 1993. Their repertoire is broad and there are several videos from this concert on Dimitrios Doulias's YouTube channel. I particularly enjoyed their performance of the Vals by Manos Hadjidakis.

But first, please enjoy their performance of Libertango. If the video does not appear below, click here.

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1 comment:

  1. Hallo Don. One Error. The name is Evangelos Boudounis, no Boudonis.
    Dimitrios Doulias