On Friday, May 1, 2009 AKTINA FM and AKTINA TV hosted at the Town Hall Theatre for the 4th consecutive year their annual concert from the series GREEK MUSIC JOURNEY (est. 1997) featuring unforgettable songs from the Greek Cinema with the popular singer Melina Aslanidou who truly won and captured the hearts of all in attendance.
Against a backdrop of videos projected on a big screen in full sequence with the live orchestra, Aslanidou was on stage for some two and a half hours reviving some of the most representative hits of Greek cinema by great Greek composers such as Theodorakis, Hadjidakis, Plessas, Xarhakos, Zambetas and others. Aslanidou shared the stage with Vangelis Douvalis a new and upcoming singer whose performance won him cheers and enthusiastic applause from the audience. The musicians who comprised the Popular Orchestra of Greek Music EMMETRON lead by bouzouki maestro Manolis Georgostathis were equally amazing and they were also rewarded for their talented performance with cheers and non-stop applause.
Over 1,100 people attended the 1,400-capacity theatre comprised by Greek Americans and American lovers of Greek music from different ethnic groups of all ages. The participation of many young Greek Americans from the new generations who were born and raised in this country was very impressive, while equally impressive was the attendance of people who travelled to New York especially for this performance all the way from Los Angeles, Boston, Florida and other distant states.
Upon arriving on the stage to thank the participating performers and the audience Elena Maroulleti proudly proclaimed in Greek “Zito To Elliko Tragoudi” (Hail To Greek Song). “This is what Greek music is all about” she further said as she embraced Aslanidou and thanked her for her outstanding performance.” Maroulleti encouraged all to continue to support AKTINA so “that the organization may continue bringing such unique performances” and invited all to join the organization’s next GREEK MUSIC JOURNEY which has been already booked at the Town Hall on Friday, May 14, 2010 with a new musical theme.
The concert was presented by AKTINA FM and AKTINA TV and was made possible in part by The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Arch Capital Services, Inc., The Pancyprian Association of America, and other organizations.
GREEK MUSIC JOURNEY concert series was introduced by AKTINA Productions, Inc., in 1994 with a purpose to promote and preserve all aspects of the representative traditional, folk, popular-folk, rembetika (Greek blues) and contemporary music of Greece. Since 2006 the series exclusively features singers and musicians from Greece who are very well known and very much respected for their many contributions to Greek music through their discography and live performances. Each new concert which takes place every May with a permanent home the historic Town Hall Theatre in Manhattan, is dedicated to a specific music theme.
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