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by Marcella Tocco
posted 08/04/2019

One Night Only Performance Mikis Theodorakis: Romiosini And Beyond

City Recital Hall and The Greek Orthodox Community of NSW present Mikis Theodorakis: Romiosini And Beyond for a one night only performance on 24 May 2019.

Celebrating Mikis Theodorakis, the greatest orchestral and choral composer in Greek history.

Featuring international vocalist Dimitris Basis, backed by a 40-piece orchestra and band, a 20-pice choir, conducted by George Ellis.

Mikis Theodorakis is regarded as the greatest orchestral and choral composer in Greek history, having written over 1000 songs including epic orchestra masterpieces, and the internationally famed music for the Academy Award winning film Zorba the Greek (1964), Z (1969) and Serpico (1973).Mikis Theodorakis: Romiosini And Beyond, a musical event that celebrates his incredible body of work.

Bringing Theodorakis’ music to life in the grandeur of the City Recital Hall will be international vocal soloist Dimitris Basis and internationally acclaimed conductor George Ellis who will lead a five piece Greek band, 40-piece orchestra, and a 20-piece Greek choir.

The first half of this two-part concert event features Theodorakis’ Romiosini, written in 1966. Incredibly moving, it is a Cycle of Songs based on the poetry of Yiannis Ritsos, winner of the Lenin Peace Prize in 1975, describing hard-fought struggle and summoning pride in Greek culture. This will be the first time that Romiosini will have been performed in full orchestral form. In the second half, the orchestra and Basis will be joined by a band of five Greek instruments including the famous Bouzouki, performing Theodorakis’ popular songs.

Maestro George Ellis explained, “Romiosini is scored for full symphony orchestra and solo voice. Consisting of nine songs, Mikis Theodorakis set the poetry of Yiannis Ritsos to music of power and supplication. Via our special personal relationship with Mikis Theodorakis, it is his request for us to present the masterpiece that is Romiosini.  This concert also presents popular songs written by the great maestro, it is a huge pleasure to present these songs with some of Australia’s best orchestral musicians, specially selected for this performance.”

This concert champions works written by the great maestro, performed at City Recital Hall for the first time.

What: Mikis Theodorakis: Romiosini And Beyond

When: Friday, 24 May 2019 at 7:30pm

Where: City Recital Hall

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