Athens 1st Military Music Festival kicks off
ATHENS, May 19 (Xinhua) -- The 1st Athens Military Music Festival started on Friday against the backdrop of the marble Zappeion Hall, one of the most emblematic buildings in the heart of the Greek capital.
"Music was like a shield protecting the city... (Today) our target is to show that military music is not only what unfortunately most people have in mind. It is not only music for military parades in squares," Smirnov told Xinhua.
Although according to the organizers, like Valerios Smirnov, President of the Athens International Music Military Festival, military music has roots in ancient Greek mythology, it is not popular in Greece today.
Artists who performed in Athens for first time on Friday enchanted the Greek audience like the mythical Amphion with the powerful music, combined with impressive choreographies and parades.
"I loved it so much, it is amazing. This is my first day here and it is the first time (I see) this," she said.
Marcella Pontes, a tourist from Brazil, was mostly impressed with the band of Kazakhstan's Presidential Guard.
The two-day event which features more than 1000 artists from top army orchestras and choirs, soloists, and dance troupes from Russia, Kazakhstan, Armenia, Italy and Greece aims to introduce this music genre to the Greek audience.
by Maria Spiliopoulou, Valentini Anagnostopoulou
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