Honouring Mikis Theodorakis: a great night at the Armata 2018 in Spetses

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Mezzo-Soprano Eleni Voudouraki

In tribute to the world-famous composer Mikis Theodorakis, a special performance took place earlier tonight in Spetses at the Posidonion Square, as part of the Armata 2018.

Featured in a programme orchestrated, chorally produced and musically directed and conducted by Panagis Barbatis, were top Greek artists.

This celebration will reach its peak on Saturday, when locals and visitors from all over Planet Ocean get together to celebrate the anniversary of the Spetses naval battle, which took place on September 8th 1822. This sea battle was part of the 1821 Greek Revolution and constituted one of the most important confrontations between the Greek revolutionaries and the naval forces of the Ottomans.

L to r: Eleni Davou, Eleni Voudouraki, Katia Paschou and Panagis Barbatis being applauded

The Spetses gala followed the musical event at Kallimarmaro stadium (Athens’ 1896 Olympic Stadium), on 19th June 2017, with one thousand choir members from all over Greece, performing “Choral and Lyric Mikis Theodorakis”, a tribute by Panagis Barbatis to the great Greek composer,

Music and poetic compositions of Theodorakis were performed by Katia Paschou, Eleni Voudouraki, Eleni Davou, Antonis Koroneos, Pantelis Kontos (lyric artists), Gerasimos Andreatos (singer) and the Symphonic Mandolin Orchestra of Greece.

Below are a few of the works performed by Eleni Voudouraki:

“Marina” – poem by the Nobel prize winner Odysseus Elytis, from the collection “Mikres Cyclades” (“Little Cyclades”)

“Agapi mou” (“My Love”) – from the film “Phaedra”, directed by Jules Dassin and released in 1962.

“Anikse ligo to parathyro” (“Slide the window a bit”) – original poem by Brendan Behan for his play “An Giall/ The Hostage” (1958).

“Asma Asmaton” (“Song of Songs”) – one of four poems written by Iakovos Kampanellis about the Holocaust in his narrative work “Mauthausen”, later set to music as “The Ballad of Mauthausen” by Mikis Theodorakis.

“Ligo Akoma” (“A little bit more”) – poem by the Nobel prize winner George Seferis, from the collection “Mythistorima” (“Fiction”).

“The Myrtle” from the “Archipelago”, by poet / laureate Nikos Gatsos, was excellently performed by Katia Paschou; Eleni Davou did more than well with “Margarita, May’s girl” from Kampanelis’  “Angels neighbourhood” !

Well done and many congratulations to all. Will revert tomorrow with the “Burning of the Armata” in other words the Burning of the Ottoman Fleet back in 1822

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