ESTONIAN SINFONIETTA SOLOISTS IN GREECE
On August 8th Estonian Sinfonietta Soloists play at the highly renowned concert venue of Kavala city - in the IMARET historic center.
The city of Kavala was founded in the 7th century BC and has been bearing various names since then. In ancient times it was known as Neapolis, in the Middle Ages, the name of the city was changed to Christoupolis.
The city is a place with several prominent sights. There is one of the best-preserved aqueducts in Greece, the Acropolis, and the Philip Theater, the construction of which began on the initiative of King Philip II in 356 BC.
The original meaning of IMARET is a soup kitchen for the poor built during the Ottoman Empire, to which other institutions such as a hospital, a mosque, a college were often added. The current Imaret of Kavala was built on top of the old building as a theological college for imams by command of Muhammad Ali Pasha in 1817.
Years later, it was bought by the family of a Greek industrialist Missiriani who carefully restored the buildings. Many of the premises, including the mosque, the current lounge room, where smoking and drinking alcohol is prohibited due to the original purpose of the room, have been preserved in their original appearance.
The masterpiece of the Ottoman architecture, IMARET of Kavala, is a very rare building in Europe with the richness and diversity of its decorations and the exceptional coherence of its interior and exterior architecture.
The concert program of Estonian Sinfonietta Soloists contains two flute concerts - “Il Gardellino” by Antonio Vivaldi, and Flute Concert D minor by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, perform by soloist Oksana Sinkova.
Maano Männi, the concertmaster of the orchestra, is the soloist in the violin conerto “Summer” by Astor Piazzolla from the cycle “Four Seasons in Buenos Aires.” The concert also features “Little Night Music” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and “Home Melody” by Heino Eller.