Social Activities and Special Events



Four main social events are planned during the four days of the conference: The conference
reception on the first day will feature an open bar and snacks on the hotel premises.
A special Piano Concert has been scheduled at the end of the second day at the historic
Palace of the Knights in the Old Town. Buses departing from Grecotel will transport
attendees to the concert site. A conference organized bus tour of the island is scheduled
for the entire afternoon of June 23rd. Following the tour the conference dinner will be
hosted at the Grecotel. The Organizing Committee of ICS'99 greatfully acknowledges
support for the above events by the Greek branches of Silicon Graphics Inc. and
Sun Microsystems Inc.

Additional tickets for any of the social events can be purchased for accompanying spouces,
children and guests of conference attendees at the registration desk.


            ---- SPECIAL EVENT -----

                PIANO CONCERT

                 June 22, 1999
                Palace of the Knights, Rhodes

Sonata in E-flat Major, K. 282          Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

        I.  Adagio
        II. Menuetto I, II
        III. Allegro

Images, Book I                                  Claude Debussy

        Reflets dans l'eau
        Hommage a Rameau


From "Nine Tales"                                  Christos Tsitsaros

        Greek Dance
        The Legend of the Lake Jade
        A Joyful Fair

Nocturne in B Major, Opus 9, No. 3                  Frederic Chopin
Barcarolle, Opus 60
Etudes Nos. 1 and 2 (from Trois Nouvelles Etudes)
Imrpomptu in A-flat Major, Opus 29
Nocturne in F Minor, op.55, no. 1
Grande Valse in F Major, Opus 34, No. 3


Christos Tsitsaros was born in Nicosia, Cyprus, and received his first
formal musical instruction by Nora Karasik at the Greek Musical Academy
(directed by prof. George Arvanitakis).  At the age of 13 he won first
prize at the National Competition of the Conservatory of Athens in memory
of Keti Papaioannou. In 1979 he went to Poland where he studied at the
Frederic Chopin Academy of Warsaw under the guidance of prof. Jan Ekier. As
a result of winning the Gina Bahauer Institution competion in Athens
(1981), he continued his pianistic studies in Paris and graduated from the
Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris within a year, obtaining the Diplome
Superieur d'Execution with distinction.  While in Paris, he studied with
pianists Aldo Ciccolini and Jean-Claude Pennetier.  In 1986, a scholarship
from the A. G. Leventis Foundation enabled him to go to the United States
and study with prof. Gyorgy Sebok at the School of Music of Indiana
University. He graduated in 1989 with an Artist Diploma and a Masters in
Music, and subsequently entered the School of Music of the University of
Illinois.  There he  studied piano with prof. Ian Hobson and composition
with the late composer Salvatore Martirano.  In 1993, he was awarded the
Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Piano Perfrormance and joined the faculty
of the Piano Pedagogy division of the University of Illinois.  He was a
winner of the 1992 composition competition of the National Conference on
Piano Pedagogy and has since developed an ongoing relation with Hal Leonard
Publishing Corporation and Frederick Harris Music (Canada).  His published
piano works include Blackbirds at Ueno, Cinderella Suite, Nine Tales, Songs
and Dances and Looking in the Mirror.  Last year he released his first
compact disc album containing selections from his original piano works
(Centaur Records).  In addition he has participated  at various workshops
and conferences as a performer and lecturer and has appeared in recitals
and chamber music concerts in Europe and the United States.