The concert had amazing success: the audience, the choir and the orchestra gave a very long applause. I also want to underline the respect by which Alkinoos Ioannidis approached such a demanding audience: as the choir text was written in Greek language, he engaged professionals who translated every word to Russian in the program notes.
The “Lege Artis” choir has great experience in performing contemporary music. During the previous years we premiered works by composers such as K. Penderecki, A. Pärt, S. Slanimsky, Y. Falek, A. Kneifel etc. I am pleased to say that Alkinoos Ioannidis can equally stand next to such masters.
Music goes through a rough time nowadays, and I observe a great need for a new music, based of course in the laws of the great masters but at the same time freshened by new ideas and ideals. In my opinion, Mr. Ioannidis leads at the present time a quality path of innovation which will please all kinds of audience and inspire new composers.
Boris G. Abalian,
Honored Worker of Arts of Russian Federation
Conductor and Artistic Director of the Lege Artis Choir