Παρασκευή, 22 Απριλίου 2016

New York: The opera "Olympic Flame" by Panagiotis Karousos triumphed at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts


An evening with Panagiotis Karousos at The Royal College of Music

Fawley Court presents composer Panagiotis Karousos
at the Royal College of Music in London
Tuesday 23rd of June 2016 drinks from 6:30pm, for 7:00pm concert start
Parry Rooms, Royal College of Music, Prince Consort Rd, LondonSW7 2BS
UNESCO awarded composer Panagiotis Karousos comes to London for an exclusive concert with arias from Prometheus Bound and Olympic Flame, chamber music and more.
TUESDAY 23 JUNE 2016 AT 7:00PM
Program:
Piano Trio No.1 "D'amour"
Liederabend:
Queen Elizabeth I of England: Written on a Wall at Woodstock
William Shakespeare: sonnet 109
Lord Byron: Maid of Athens
Percy Bysshe Shelley: Ozymandias
Romance for Violin and Piano
Guillaume Apollinaire: Automne
Johann W. Goethe: Nachtgedanken "Night Thoughts"
Alphonse de Lamartine: La Harpe des Cantiques
Rachel Bluwstein: To My Country
Jorge Luis Borges: Son los ríos
Divertimento for Cello and Piano
Prometheus aria from the opera “Prometheus Bound”
Deianira’s aria from the opera “Olympic Flame”
Duet from the opera “Olympic Flame”
Artists:
Irene Konsta, soprano
Vasilis Asimakopoulos, bass
Monika Dhamo, violin
Mirela Ruci, cello 
Paraskevi Kleisoura, piano  

Panagiotis Karousos, composer

Panagiotis Karousos, composer
UNESCO awarded Panagiotis Karousos is Greek-Canadian composer who brings to his music the philosophy and spiritualism of the Greek classics. He is the most impotent living opera composer of Greek origin. 
He did many concerts in Canada and USA with his Symphony No.1 “Liberty”, and Symphony No.2 “Olympic” with Astoria Symphony, the FACE Symphony Orchestra, the OSJL-L Symphony Orchestra and the Monteregie Symphony Orchestra under the direction of maestros Silas Nathaniel Huff, Andre Gauthier, Theodora Stathopoulos and Luc Chaput. The Piano Concerto was presented with pianist Nathalie Joncas under UNESCO auspices in the Montreal Popular Concerts series in Montreal’s Maurice Richard Arena to an audience of 5000 people. The Olympic Flame choir was presented with the Symphony Orchestra and the Choir of Gunst wat'n Kunst at Hague, Holland, with maestro R. Pylarinos. The opera Alexander the Great presented in Montreal at the Montreal Notre Dame Basilica, in Chicago Illinois conducted by David Stech, in North Carolina Theatre under the direction of Grant Gilman, and in Toronto at P.C. Ho Theater Cultural Center of Toronto with the Sneak Peak Symphony Orchestra of Toronto University and soloists under the direction of maestro Victor Cheng. The opera Prometheus represented in Los Angeles, New York, and Washington DC. From 2013 he did major presentations of Prometheus in Ancient Greek Theaters (Epidaurus, Messina, Ancient Agora), and the National Archaeological Museum of Greece. In 2014 Prometheus presented with bass Vasilis Asimakopoulos in the United Nations and in Mamie Fay auditorium of New York under the auspices of UNESCO. His Symphony No.4 “Earth” premiered with City of Athens Symphony Orchestra with maestro Eleftherios Kalkanis.
His Liederabend and chamber music was presented in Berlin from pianist Theodosia Ntokou and musicians from Berliner Camerata with impressed reviews in 2015.
In 2016 he presented the opera Olympic Flame at Lincoln Center in New York with soloists and orchestra under the direction of Jestin Pieper, and Prometheus at La Sorbonne University in Paris with soloists from the National Opera of Greece.
The Greek National Radio Television did many profiles on him and broadcasted live his works with some of the most talented artists of opera and classical music.

“PORPHYRA” UNDER THE AUSPICES OF UNESCO PIRAEUS AND ISLANDS IN NEW YORK

Mr. Ioannis Maronitis, President of the Club for UNESCO Piraeus and Islands and Member of the Board of the World Federation of Associations and Club Centres for UNESCO, responsible for Europe and North America, will attend the presentation of Porphyra by Billy Chrissochos in New York. At his visit to New York he appointed Mr.Chrissochos as a director of Modern Music for UNESCO Piraeus & Islands after the recommendation of composer Panagiotis Karousos.
"Porphyra, A Grecian Rock Opera.
Anna and Vladimir: The love that ROCKED the world."
Original music by Billy Chrissochos
Original lyrics by Billy Chrissochos and George Tsalikis
Book by George Tsalikis
Director: George Tsalikis
Music Director: Billy Chrissochos
Choreographer: Dena Stevens

Makes its Off Broadway debut for a three day limited run on
Friday, May 13th at 8:00PM
Saturday, May 14th at 8:00PM
Sunday, May 15th at 2:00PM

Exclusively at:
The Players Theatre
115 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012
(212) 475-1449
www.theplayerstheatre.com
Pre-sale tickets $35
At the door $45
All Ages Show

Direct Ticket link: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/956551
Facebook invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/1051647251524756/ (LIKE our page on FACEBOOK)

Cast:
George Tsalikis as Vladimir   
Marlain Angelides as Anna   
Dominick Giovanni as Basil II
Elaine Tuttle as Olga
Mantalena Papadatou as the Narrator
Billy Chrissochos: Guitar
Mike “Risko” Savvas: Guitar, Tzoura
Grzegorz Swirszcz: Bass
James Shepherd: Drums
Richard S. Khuzami: Percussion
The Dena Stevens Shazadi Dance Project:
Dena Stevens: Choreographer
Mia Stevens: Lead Dancer
Peishan Lo: Principal Dancer
Alicia Kubeck: Dancer

Elias Markos: Production Manager

Support our new Crowdfunding Campaign at Crowdzu!
https://www.crowdzu.com/funding/campaigns/37/lets-make-porphyra-a-grecian-rock-operas-off-broadway-debut-happen/
See Crowdzu Promo Video here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWiZgUlX92s&nohtml5=False

Porphyra, A Grecian Rock Opera Promotional Commercial
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9I6_o-K2XKQ
Dreamkiller Lyric video 2nd promo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MasHubakvPw

Porphyra is featured on NY1 News: http://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/news/2016/03/11/queens-music-studio-becoming-a-hit-with-bands-in-the-city.html
Special thanks to #RuschellBoone for the interview!
Billy Chrissochos and Porphyra featured in the Queens Gazette: http://www.qgazette.com/news/2016-03-02/Features/Billy_Chrissochos.html

Set in the year 988AD, the Heroic Age of Basil II Emperor of Byzantium, the story chronicles Princess Anna Porphyrogenita and her marriage to Grand Prince Vladimir of the Kievan Rus. An incredible story of Love, War and Peace brought to life through Hard Rock and Greek Folk music, dancing, and a twelve piece rock orchestra.

Proudly brought to you by Porphyra Corp and The Hellenic American Center Center for the Arts. We made history last May with our Rock Opera being the first ever to successfully debut at Carnegie Hall. The current show will be the concert version of Porphyra the Musical.
Investors and sponsors welcomed. You can find more information at www.Porphyrarockopera.com

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Get a copy of our album "Faith, Struggle, Victory" on our website or get your digital downloads at CDBaby: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/porphyra
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or stream at Reverbnation: https://www.reverbnation.com/porphyra4
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and Spotify: https://play.spotify.com/artist/5kndGKhg417V5KkkmjGXrd

Δευτέρα, 18 Απριλίου 2016

Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich Welcomes Deputy Minister to the Prime Minister of Greece, Mr. Terence Nikolas Quick in a Historic Diplomatic Presentation Ceremony at Greece Town Hall

Today, Supervisor Bill Reilich and the Greece Town Board welcomed the Deputy Minister to the Prime Minister of the Hellenic Republic, Mr. Terence Nikolas Quick, for a diplomatic presentation ceremony honoring the people and the town of Greece. This historic visit by Mr. Quick marks the first diplomatic visit to the town by the nation of Greece since the town’s inception in 1822. Mr. Quick’s visit was coordinated between the Hellenic American National Council, the Town of Greece in an attempt by the Government of Greece and the Council to honor the Town for taking the name of the Country of Greece during its struggle for independence against the Ottoman Turkish Empire in 1821. “Today’s historic visit by Mr. Quick is a first between our Town and the nation of Greece” said Supervisor Reilich. “195 years ago in 1821, the people from the country of Greece began their struggle for independence and freedom from the Ottoman Turkish Empire. The idea of freedom and liberty was not unknown to the founders of our town whom many themselves once fought for independence and freedom during the American Revolution. That human struggle for independence was something which was admired by the founders of our town and as a sign of support and respect towards the people of Greece, adopted the name Greece as our own. Today’s ceremony highlights our mutual understanding of freedom and liberty, and future generations will look back on today as an example of respect and honor between our Town and the nation of Greece.” On March 22, 1822 the New York State Senate and Assembly passed a resolution authorizing the creation of the Town of Greece which was formed out of the town of Gates. The founders of the town adopted the name after the nation of Greece who had been fighting for their independence against their Ottoman Turkish oppressors. Too many in the United States at the start of the 19th century, freedom and liberty two very common ideologies. Having fought and ultimately gaining our independence in 1781, many Americans were sympathetic to the Greek cause for freedom and liberty. “On behalf of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and the President of the Hellenic Republic, Prokopis Pavlopoulos, we would like to extend our gratitude and respect to both the people of the Town of Greece and the founders of the Town for adopting the name of our nation as your own” said Deputy Minister Quick. “Today we are celebrating the 194th Anniversary of the naming of the Town of Greece. The significance of this event is our mutual understanding that both freedom and liberty are important to the development of any nation. I am proud to have had this opportunity and share with the residents of the Town his historic day.” 


GREECE TOWN SUPERVISOR BILL REILICH WELCOMES DEPUTY MINISTER TO THE PRIME MINISTER OF GREECE, MR. TERENCE NIKOLAS QUICK IN A HISTORIC DIPLOMATIC PRESENTATION CEREMONY AT GREECE TOWN HALL

Today, Supervisor Bill Reilich and the Greece Town Board welcomed the Deputy Minister to the Prime Minister of the Hellenic Republic, Mr. Terence Nikolas Quick, for a diplomatic presentation ceremony honoring the people and the town of Greece. This historic visit by Mr. Quick marks the first diplomatic visit to the town by the nation of Greece since the town’s inception in 1822. Mr. Quick’s visit was coordinated between the Hellenic American National Council, the Town of Greece in an attempt by the Government of Greece and the Council to honor the Town for taking the name of the Country of Greece during its struggle for independence against the Ottoman Turkish Empire in 1821.
 “Today’s historic visit by Mr. Quick is a first between our Town and the nation of Greece” said Supervisor Reilich. “195 years ago in 1821, the people from the country of Greece began their struggle for independence and freedom from the Ottoman Turkish Empire. The idea of freedom and liberty was not unknown to the founders of our town whom many themselves once fought for independence and freedom during the American Revolution. That human struggle for independence was something which was admired by the founders of our town and as a sign of support and respect towards the people of Greece, adopted the name Greece as our own. Today’s ceremony highlights our mutual understanding of freedom and liberty, and future generations will look back on today as an example of respect and honor between our Town and the nation of Greece.”
 On March 22, 1822 the New York State Senate and Assembly passed a resolution authorizing the creation of the Town of Greece which was formed out of the town of Gates. The founders of the town adopted the name after the nation of Greece who had been fighting for their independence against their Ottoman Turkish oppressors. Too many in the United States at the start of the 19th century, freedom and liberty two very common ideologies. Having fought and ultimately gaining our independence in 1781, many Americans were sympathetic to the Greek cause for freedom and liberty.
 “On behalf of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and the President of the Hellenic Republic, Prokopis Pavlopoulos, we would like to extend our gratitude and respect to both the people of the Town of Greece and the founders of the Town for adopting the name of our nation as your own” said Deputy Minister Quick. “Today we are celebrating the 194th Anniversary of the naming of the Town of Greece. The significance of this event is our mutual understanding that both freedom and liberty are important to the development of any nation. I am proud to have had this opportunity and share with the residents of the Town his historic day.”  

Town of Greece // New York, United States

''...a Historic Diplomatic Presentation Ceremony at Greece Town Hall honoring the people and the town of Greece. This historic visit by Mr. Quick marks the first diplomatic visit to the town by the nation of Greece since the town's inception in 1822'' (Photo: kalami.net)
Greece is a town in Monroe CountyNew YorkUnited States. As of the 2010 United States census, the town had a total population of 96,095. The town motto is "Discover the Promise."
The Town of Greece is in the northern part of the county and borders the City of Rochester on the east, theTown of Gates on the south, the towns of Parma and Ogden on the west, and Lake Ontario on the north. The town is a contiguous suburb of Rochester. The area known as Charlotte, on the eastern border, was formerly part of the town until it was annexed by the City of Rochester in 1916.
Greece town hall
The Town of Greece was established in 1822 from part of the Town of Gates and was previously called Northampton. The name "Greece" was selected because of the contemporary struggle of Greece for independence from the Ottoman Empire.
The region that the town now occupies was originally settled by the Algonquian and Iroquois Native Americans in the 14th century. The first European to visit the area was the French explorer Rene-Robert Cavelier, who visited in 1669.[1] European settlers began to arrive in the area in the 1790s, and French and British soldiers passed through on multiple occasions during this time period as the two colonial powers struggled to control the region.
According to the Morgan Quitno Awards, Greece was rated the ninth overall safest city in America and the sixth safest city with a population of 75,000 to 99,999.

Κυριακή, 17 Απριλίου 2016

Porphyra, Anna and Vladimir: the love that ROCKED the world, On the road to Broadway

Porphyra Presents
Porphyra, a Grecian Rock Opera
Anna and Vladimir: the love that ROCKED
the world,
On the road to Broadway
Dear friends, "Porphyra, A Grecian Rock Opera. Anna and Vladimir: The love that ROCKED the world" is making history again. Our production is officially under the auspices of Unesco. The president of Unesco Piraeus and Islands Greek chapter Mr. Ioannis Maronitis will be coming from Greece to award Porphyra, A Grecian Rock Opera and the entire production team. We are the first Rock Opera to premiere at Carnegie Hall and now the first Greek themed Rock Opera to debut Off Broadway! Even NY1 News covered us. Please support us. This is a huge undertaking and a once in a lifetime opportunity to create a new, exciting, and original musical.

Our upcoming Off Broadway debut at The Players Theatre is this May 13-15th and there are now three ways to support and no excuses not to!
 
 
2)      Purchase your tickets for one of the three days during our Pre-sale and save some money off the door admission directly from thetheater here: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/956551
 
3)      Purchase an ad in our Off Broadway Playbill. A great way to advertise your business or organization to thousands through our journal and social media channels. http://porphyraband.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Porphyra-Playbill-contract-e1459458328935.jpg

Sincerely Yours,
Billy Chrissochos
917-617-0597
www.porphyrarockopera.com

 December 05, 2015 – New York, NY – Porphyra, a Grecian Rock Opera is a thrilling, historical, cultural journey through music, dance and theater and the first Rock Opera to triumphantly debut at the prestigious Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall on May 3, 2015.
The story of Anna and Vladimir is the Romeo and Juliet of the east and the musical merges hard rock and melodic metal with Greek folk music. Porphyra, a Grecian Rock Opera, is based on Billy Chrissochos’ band Porphyra’s epic album “Faith, Struggle, Victory”. If you are a fan of Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Rock of Ages and the Phantom of the Opera then our musical is for you. It is lovingly dedicated to the Peoples of Greece, who having passed the torch of civilization to the world, now need the support from all of us in these most troubling of times. It is time to remember those heroes and heroines that helped shape the world around us.
Porphyra will take the audience on an epic musical journey from the triumphs of Alexander the Great to the glories of Byzantium. The electric guitar, in joyous harmony with bouzouki and violin, sings the lives of the dreams and ambitions of two lovers who made their own fate and altered the course of history. The opera tells the story of Grand Prince Vladimir of Kievan Rus, the first Russian Empire, and Princess Anna Porphyrogenita of Constantinople, princess of Byzantium, the cultural beacon of the Mediterranean during Western Europe’s Dark Ages.
The year is 988 AD. Emperor Basil II rules over Byzantium. His reign will usher in a second Golden Age for Greece. But, civil war threatens to destroy Constantinople from within. On the northern front, Russian Grand Prince Vladimir, begins the unification of the Kievan Rus. Ambitious to attain more glory, he marches towards the Byzantine capital of Constantinople. Embattled by the Bulgarians, a civil war and other enemies, Basil dispatches his sister Anna to negotiate a treaty with Vladimir. A smitten Vladimir seeks truce only if he can marry the Porphyrogenita, a princess “born of the royal purple.” Anna refuses to marry a pagan barbarian. Unwaivered, Vladimir keeps his eyes on the prize, Princess Anna and the City of Gold. He sends his fabled six thousand strong Varangian Guard, to aid Basil in the civil wars. Most importantly, Vladimir converts his nation to Greek Orthodox Christianity in order to marry Anna.
But, will love be strong enough to overcome that which sword and shield cannot? Will Greece survive these unprecedented obstacles? This is the story of Anna and Vladimir. The love that ROCKED the world!
Learn how to support our effort. We are looking for investors who can help take the full production Broadway bound. Our illustrated brochure and promotional video are on our website www.porphyrarockopera.com.