Tribute Concert to Mikis Theodorakis in NYC

Mikis TheodorakisOn May 3, a tribute concert to the renowned Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis was held in NYC to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the city’s Greek Cultural Center (GCC).

More than 2,000 people attended the concert held in the assembly hall of Hunter College in Manhattan and massively applauded the artists who participated honoring both the GCC and the renowned composer. The Consul General of Greece in New York Manos Koumbarakis also attended the event.

The accomplished Greek artists Vasilis Lekkas, Gerasimos Andreatos, Giota Nenga, Anna Linardou and Nikos Kouroupakis, along with the wonderful vocal ensemble of the GCC presented a selection of Mikis Theodorakis compositions based on the works of renowned Greek poets such as Elytis, Seferis, Ritsos, Anagnostakis, Eleftheriou, Livaditis, Christodoulou and Kambanellis. The event program also included a dance show and a projection of clips from concerts and interviews of Mikis Theodorakis.

The President of GCC, Iraklis Kremmidas welcomed the audience by saying that: “Mikis Theodorakis has been supporting GCC since its founding and he actively promotes Greek culture and civilization to the U.S. His works and fights for Greece have been an inspiration to all of us and tonight’s concert is dedicated to him.”

Founded 40 years ago, the Greek Cultural Center has a primary goal of preserving and promoting Greek culture and language in the U.S. It has been organizing theater productions, cultural events, concerts, dance shows and various workshops for all ages. It has also been promoting collaboration, understanding and friendship by exchanging ideas and interacting with other ethnic groups, and has been widely supporting young artists. Furthermore, through its 40-year course, the GCC has been awarded several times for its contribution, the arts and the Greek-American community.