Hymn to the Akropolis

Year

2001

Date

June 18 - 20

Location

Acropolis, Athen, Greece

Audience

15.000

Introduction

Jarre gave two charity concerts in June 2001 at the Herodion Atticus amphitheatre next to the Acropolis in Athens, for Elpida, a foundation to help children with cancer initiated by Jarre’s fellow UNESCO ambassador, Mrs. Marianna Vardinoyannis. The final dress rehearsal was reserved specially for all the children and carers from Elpida. The setting for these concerts was the extremely beautiful, the ancient stone of the amphitheatre overlooked by the magnificent columns of the Acropolis was a most prestigious canvas for Jarre’s talent. On stage with Jarre were his musicians, a female soprano and a symphonic orchestra.

No new music was presented though a much reworked Give Me A Sign sounded almost like a new composition and had also been given a new title; Acropolis.

Tracklist

Oxygene 4
Oxygene 2
Equinoxe 4
Magnetic Fields 2
Je Me Souviens
Chronologie 3
Oxygene 8
Magnetic Fields 1
Ethnicolor
Vivaldi Tribute
Gloria Lonely Boy
Oxygene 13
Souvenir of China
Equinoxe 7
Chronologie 6
Second Rendez-Vous
Oxygene 12
Revolutions
Hymn to the Acropolis (orchestral version of Give Me a Sign)
Fourth Rendez-Vous
(Ethnicolor wasn’t played at the last concert due to live TV Broadcast time constrains)

Musicians

Jean Michel Jarre
Enarmonia Orchestra
Laurent Faucheux
The Hellenic Festival Choir
Vasiliki Karagianni
Christoph Papendieck
Francis Rimbert
Patrick Rondat