Frédéric Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 1, op. 11 in E minor Grigorios Zamparas soloist Shanna Thompson piano accompaniment “From Ancient Halieis to today’s Porto Heli, a Journey in Time” Presentation: Rania Balli The event is organized in cooperation with Σ.ΦΙ.Π. (“Friends of Portoheli” Society)



F. Chopin – Piano Concerto no. 1 in e minor, op. 11
Allegro maestoso
Romanze – Larghetto (E major)
Rondo – Vivace in E major
Grigorios Zamparas, soloist
Shanna Thompson, piano accompaniment

“From Ancient Halieis to Today’s Porto Heli”, a Journey in Time.

Presentation: Dr. Rania Balli

Program Notes

The Piano Concerto no. 1 in E minor, op. 11, one of the most beloved of the genre, was written when Chopin was 20 years old and its premiere in Warsaw was a great success. In the three thematic first movement, lyricism and virtuosity constantly alternate, while the second movement – inspired by the composer’s love for the famous soprano Konstancja Gładkowska – is, according to Chopin, “rather a Romance, calm and melancholy, giving the impression of someone looking gently towards a spot which calls to mind a thousand happy memories. It is a kind of reverie in the moonlight on a beautiful spring evening”. Finally, the cheerful third movement (Rondo), is greatly influenced – mainly in its rhythm – from the folk music of Krakow, which Chopin loved so much.

We all know the cosmopolitan Porto Cheli, one of Greece’s favorite tourist resort, which has  won the title “Riviera of the Peloponnese”. But how many of us know its history? This is a short journey through time, to follow the various historical stages of this beautiful place, from Neolithic period until today.  We will learn about the ancient city of Halieis, mentioned by Herodotus, Thucydides, Pausanias, and other ancient writers. A place with a natural harbor, ideal refuge for ships since antiquity, which flourished during classical period.

Biographical notes

Grigorios Zamparas is a professor of piano at Tampa University (USA) and has received a plethora of reviews praising his piano recitals, chamber music concerts as well as his appearances as a soloist with various orchestras in Greece, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Russia, Latin America, South Korea and the United States. He studied with Yorgos Manessis and since 1991 he has been a permanent performer and visiting artist at the Porto Heli International Festival, where he has presented more than 200 works. He has recorded Anton Rubinstein’s Five Piano Concertos for “Centaur Records”. He is also a Yamaha Artist. 

Shanna Thompson holds a Bachelors of Music in Piano Performance from the University of Tampa and is currently pursuing a Masters in Piano Pedagogy at the University of Florida. She has performed in many countries around the world including Russia and Australia and teaches piano privately at Tampa Bay Music Academy in Lutz. Shanna also leads worship services with her family at Darby Community Church in Dade City.

Dr. Rania Balli holds a PhD from the Department of History and Archeology of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.

She is an active lawyer, graduate of the Law School of Athens, with postgraduate studies in London.

She has published numerous scientific articles, participated in excavations and other archaeological projects with the University of Cambridge, the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and the Belgian University of Louvain.

She was a member of the scientific team that was involved in the preparation of the New Acropolis Museum.

She has given numerous lectures, on archaeological and historical topics. Some of them are:

  • The Palace of Nestor in Ancient Pylos.
  • The Minoan Colony of Kythera.
  • Greece and its antiquities inspire foreign visitors.
  • The activities of the American and British School of Athens during the years 1947-1967.
  • Changes in sea level in the Eastern Mediterranean over the last 150.000 years and their impact on human movement.
  • Imaginary Figures of the Minoan Age: Gods or Demons?.
  • Ancient Greece through the Grand Tour.
  • Greek Orthodox Elite in the Ottoman Empire.


The event is finished.


Aug 05 2022


9:15 pm


Manessis Estate


Group of Study, Research & Diffusion of Culture (OMEDIPO)