a look at the music of Vangelis Papathanassiou

On the 28th of June 2001 Vangelis performed his choral symphony 'Mythodea'. The performance, staged at the ancient Temple of Zeus in Athens, was linked to several organisations, who all contributed to it one way or another:

bulletthe Greek Ministry of Culture organised the event, as part of the Cultural Olympiad,
bulletNASA provided the images projected during the performance, as the music of the related 
album (to be released in September 2001) will be used as part of their 'Odyssey' mission 
to Mars, and
bulletSony Classical recorded the event, to be released on video and DVD in October 2001.

Vangelis conceived, designed and directed the entire concert, which staged Sopranos Kathleen Battle and Jessye Norman, the London Metropolitan Orchestra (conducted by Blake Neely) and the Greek National Opera Choir.

Before the start of the concert all visitors received an accompanying Mythodea booklet , as well as a small flashlight, to be used by the audience to create 'special effects' ;-) To learn more of the events that took place around the concert, read a personal Mythodea report. To see more pictures from the week of the concert, see the Mythodea gallery.