Mario Frangoulis: The Light of Greece, A Celebration of Greek Song & Poetry in Cambridge, MA
Publish Date: March 9th, 2010
Item Price: by Announcement of Concert event
Location: Cambridge, MA
The Greek Institute presents Mario Frangoulis, internationally acclaimed Sony Classical recording artist in the world premiere performance of THE LIGHT OF GREECE: A Celebration of Greek Song & Poetry. Music and poetry are at the heart of Greek culture. THE LIGHT OF GREECE features the greatest poets, ancient to modern, set to music by highly acclaimed composers Hadjidakis, Theodorakis, Andriopoulos, Markopoulos and Xarchakos.
Mario Frangoulis is referred to as one of Greece’s “national treasures.” He is at the center of the music world in Greece, working directly with both established, and new composers and artists. He takes great pride in his Greek heritage, and is bringing this very special program to Greek American and American audiences throughout the United States.
The Greek-French singer George Perris, joins Frangoulis as part of his Young Artists Program, his most recent CD, Perno Anasa was released by Sony Greece in 2008, he is currently working on his 3rd Greek CD and a French CD. Most recently, he was honored with an invitation to work alongside world famous vocalist Lara Fabian at the Zenith arena in Paris, and has performed with prestigious orchestras, such as the English Oxford symphony at Cadogan Hall in London. Accompanying Frangoulis and Perris will be an 8 member instrumental ensemble comprised of some of the finest Boston musicians, led by composer and pianist, Panagiotis Liaropoulos, Ph.D.
This group of dedicated and talented young artists have come together to create a program that represents the finest expressions of the Greek heritage.
Frangoulis released his critically acclaimed first album on Sony Classical, Sometimes I Dream (2002). Since then, he has released 9 CDs: Follow Your Heart (2004); The Garden of Wishes (2005); Music of the Night (2006); Amor Oscuro and Give Us Your Poor (2007); Passione and Mario & Friends 1: It’s A Wonderful World (2008); Mario & Friends 2: It Makes The World Go Round… and The Season of Love: Manos Hadjidakis (2009). Upcoming projects include his next international CD expected in the fall of 2010.
Frangoulis sings in Greek, English, Spanish, Italian and French, reaching a truly global audience. He has performed throughout the United States with major orchestras such as: The Chicago Symphony, the Richmond Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony, Boston Esplanade Pops Orchestra, and the Nebraska Symphony. He opened the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, and in 2008 toured with Sarah Brightman performing in 32 cities across North America and Canada. He is a featured artist on her CD A Winter Symphony (2008). He serves as the Global Ambassador for Peace for Nobel Peace Prize Winner Betty Williams’ Organization, World Center of Compassion for Children International, and is an International Ambassador for the Horatio Alger Association in the United States. The CNN music critic, Porter Anderson, says of Frangoulis, “his world is distilled to pure sound, all voice.”
The Greek Institute is very pleased to continue our long-term collaboration with Mario Frangoulis in the United States; and to feature the young and talented George Perris. Our purpose is to showcase the richness of the Greek culture, from ancient times to the present and to bring to light the formidable artistic and cultural reach that Greece has in the world.
As a non-profit, 501(c) 3 educational and cultural center established in 1990, located at 1038 Massachusetts Avenue at Harvard Square in Cambridge, our mission is to “create a greater awareness and understanding of the extraordinary achievements of Greek culture from antiquity to the present.” This concert series is part of the newly established Greek Arts & Letters Series.
Performances: SUNDAY, APRIL 18, 2010 AT THE NORTHSHORE CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, SKOKIE, ILLINOIS; FRIDAY, MAY 7, 2010 AT THE SANDERS THEATRE, HARVARD UNIVERSITY, CAMBRIDGE, MA.
Location: Cambridge, MA