The First Noel | El Sistema Greece & Joyce DiDonato - Εικόνα

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center Christmas World welcomes, once again, the musical family of El Sistema Greece, in a festive virtual show featuring the famous mezzo soprano Joyce DiDonato.

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This year is the first time we'll be celebrating Christmas away from our loved ones. By now, however, we have discovered plenty of ways to stay connected, and two of the most important ones are technology and music.

In the most hopeful month of this most unusual year, the young musicians of El Sistema Greece, with their instruments tuned and their voices warmed up in the safety of their homes, will perform a symbolic rendition of “The First Noel” for this unprecedented Christmas holiday, and carry us virtually to the magically bedecked Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, where the festive concert to mark the end of the year is held annually.

The famous mezzo soprano Joyce DiDonato, ambassador to El Sistema Greece from its inception, joins her voice once again with the members of the El Sistema Greece Youth Orchestra and the El Sistema Greece Youth Choir, who come from 30 different countries, to send out her own resounding message of love and global unity.

This year's date with El Sistema Greece and the SNFCC won't take place on stage but at the lit up Labyrinth, with one wish: That, when we've finally found our way out of the labyrinth, and we can hold each other tight without fear, we won't forget how much we need one another and how, even from afar, we can create miracles when we stay united.


Merry Christmas and a happy New Year to everyone!