El Sistema Greece’s young musicians are back at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center for a holiday live concert featuring Christmas rhythms at the Lighthouse.
This time joined onstage by Dirty Athens Brass Band, El Sistema Greece Youth Orchestra and El Sistema Greece Youth Choir will take us on a musical journey around the world, through a set list of classic holiday songs ranging from Tchaikovsky to Mariah Carey, and more!
El Sistema Greece (ESG) non-proﬁt music education organization was established in Athens to build a discrimination- and exclusion-free music community. It daily provides free music courses to children and young people aged 5 to 26, irrespective of ethnic or national background, language and religion. Inspired by music, ESG’s students prepare for a better future while improving their communication and teamwork skills. Launched in 2017, El Sistema Greece Youth Orchestra (ESGYO) is a vehicle for education, oﬀering a unique process of training in orchestra interaction and culture, indispensable for all musicians.
Consisting of five brass players and a drummer, Dirty Athens Brass Band covers popular funk, pop and R&B numbers. Their main venue is the streets of Athens; they also perform in concert halls, theaters, private events and festivals in Greece and other countries.
Ilia Samsonov, alto saxophone
Bastien Buathier, baritone saxophone
Theodosis Smyrnios, trumpet
Giannis Kanakaris, trombone
Giannis Zouganelis, tuba
Kostas Gontikakis, drums
Safira Antzus-Ramos, conductor
Antigone Keretzi, ESG Choir Master