About The Commandaria Orchestra
The Commandaria Orchestra of Cyprus was established in 2009 by The Cyprus Wine Museum.
The appellation of the Orchestra directly refers to the region where the Orchestra and The Cyprus Wine Museum are based, the Great Commandery of Cyprus (Kolossi Castle) which was founded by the Order of Saint John. Commandaria is also the unique sweet wine of Cyprus that Homer and Hesiod mention in their opuses.
The word ‘orchestra’ has its roots in the word ‘orchos’, which during the Homeric years meant row of vines and it is related with the cult of Dionysus.
Commandaria Orchestra Mission
The Commandaria Orchestra’s main target is the implementation of the visions of The Cyprus Wine Museum, not least of which is the desire to promote Cypriot culture. The rich repertoire (chamber and symphonic) of the orchestra includes theme masterpieces related to the Middle Ages and the performance of contemporary music. A number of first performances – most of which were dedicated to the orchestra – have been performed and recorded.
Amongst the achievements of the Commandaria Orchestra are a series of concerts in Greece and Bulgaria in 2012 and 2013, collaborations with The Sofia National Opera and Ballet and The Varna State Opera, collaboration with The Comédie de Genève in the production of “Cassandre” by Michel Jarrell, directed by Hervé Loichemoi and performed by the French actress Fanny Ardant during The Pafos 2017 European Capital Of Culture and many others.