Yanni Live from the Acropolis
When Yanni and his producer/director George Veras wanted to stage a concert in Yanni’s homeland of Greece, they decided on a location adjacent to the world famous Acropolis. The Odeon of Herodes Atticus is a stone theatre structure located on the southwest slope of the Acropolis of Athens. It was built in 161 AD by the Athenian magnate Herodes Atticus in memory of his wife, Aspasia Annia Regilla. It was originally a steep-sloped theater with a three-story stone front wall and a wooden roof made of expensive, cedar of Lebanon timber. It was used as a venue for music concerts with a capacity of 5,000. It lasted intact until it was destroyed and turned into a ruin by the Heruli in 267 AD. Then in the 1950’s the venue was rebuilt and featured a performance by Maria Callas in 1957.
For the Emmy nominated “Yanni: Live at the Acropolis” Yanni turned to Lee Rose to be part of the team to design the production. Staging a concert with a full orchestra on a historical landmark was a task that would not have been possible without the cooperation of the Greek Ministry of Culture. Each lighting position had to be approved in order insure that there was no damage to the structure.
September 30, 1993