After over a decade-long absence, the Beacon Theatre in Manhattan’s West Side was full of enthusiastic and excited Greek Americans waving Greek flags and singing the greatest hits of the famous Greek singer Dimitris Mitropanos. On Thursday the 1st of July 2010, New York will once again welcome one of Greece’s top performing artists, during his live performance at Radio City Music Hall.
Dimitris Mitropanos kicks off his North America tour together with Margarita Zorbala, and will also visit Connecticut, Montreal, and Chicago. In an interview with The National Herald, Mitropanos recalled that “the last time I sung in America, it was 1997. I’ll always remember the Greek flags that lined the theater stage at the Beacon Theatre. It was very touching.”
Dimitris Mitropanos released his first record in 1967 with two songs written by Giorgos Zambetas. A year earlier he had toured throughout Greece and Cyprus performing the music of Mikis Theodorakis, who took him along. His first full album release came in 1972 with the hit record “O Agios Fevruarios” (Holly February) that set him up for a very successful career that spans over four decades and has given us lifelong hits such as, “S’anazito Sti Saloniki” (Searching For You In Salonika), “Roza,” “Ta Ladadika” (The Greasy Sites), “Kyra Zoi” (Dear Life) and a medley of three heartfelt folk songs tied into one, known as “Alimono” (Pity), which has become the song that is most embedded into the Greek conscious.