Παρασκευή, 6 Μαΐου 2016

“PORPHYRA” UNDER THE AUSPICES OF UNESCO PIRAEUS AND ISLANDS IN NEW YORK DEDICATED TO THE RESTITUTION OF THE PARTHENON SCULPTURES

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. 
Dedicated to the restitution of the Parthenon sculptures to the New Acropolis Museum in Athens
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)

Billy Chrissochos
Featured 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/Principal Dancer
Mia Stevens: Lead Dancer
Peishan Lo: Principal Dancer
Alicia Kubeck: Dancer
Carola Gremlich: 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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and Spotify: https://play.spotify.com/artist/5kndGKhg417V5KkkmjGXrd


News regarding Porphyra, A Grecian Rock Opera- May 13-15th @ The Players Theatre

A Rock Opera set in Byzantine Times. "Porphyra, A Grecian Rock Opera. 
Anna and Vladimir: The love that ROCKED the world."
Come see what the buzz is about May 13, 14 &15th at THE PLAYERS THEATRE. Get your tickets today for just $35 before they sell out. Pre-sale ends next Wednesday May 11th. Please spread the word.
When:
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 

Where:
At The Players Theatre
115 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012
http://www.theplayerstheatre.com/
How do I get my tickets? (212) 475-1449 (Players Theatre Box Office) 
                    Or 
Online - DIRECT TICKET LINK: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/956551Pre-sale tickets $35. At the door $45. This is an All Ages Show. 
Also Via:
Facebook invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/1051647251524756/ (LIKE our page on FACEBOOK)
Website- www.porphyrarockopera.com 
*Wanna come to the show and also support our new album and help offset our production costs? You can do it through our Crowdfunding campaign at Crowdzu here (or if you can not come you can still support and get lots of perks): 
https://www.crowdzu.com/funding/campaigns/37/lets-make-porphyra-a-grecian-rock-operas-off-broadway-debut-happen/What is this show about? 
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. A Greek themed Rock Opera (in English) lovingly crafted by Billy Chrissochos and George Tsalikis with choreography by Dena Stevens.Featuring international recording artists and theater actors, Marlain Angelides as Anna, and George Tsalikis as Vladimir, NYC's acclaimed power house vocalist Elaine Tuttle as Olga, and Musical Theater sensation Dom Giovanni as Basil II.

More News about our production:
We are now under the auspices of UNESCO Piraeus and Islands. 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 will appoint Mr. Chrissochos as a director of Modern Music for UNESCO Piraeus & Islands after the recommendation of composer Panagiotis Karousos.
http://en.unescopireas.gr/2016/04/28/porphyra-under-the-auspices-of-unesco-piraeus-and-islands-in-new-york/

Official Media sponsors are New Greek TV (NGTV). See interview here: http://www.newgreektv.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=19424%3Anea-yorki-rock-opera-me-thema-to-vyzantio&Itemid=785
And Cosmos FM 91.5. Listen to interview here: https://soundcloud.com/cosmos-fm-new-york/porphyra-rock-opera-with-panos-satzoglou-and-maria-hadjipolykarpou#t=0:00
Also featured on Hellas FM and NY1 News! 

Sincerely, 
Billy Chrissochos
917-617-0597
www.porphyrarockopera.com (for all news and press)

Dedicated to the restitution of the Parthenon sculptures 
to the New Acropolis Museum in Athens

Τετάρτη, 4 Μαΐου 2016

NEO Magazine: Hercules, Prometheus and the Olympic Games ignite a flame in NYC’s Lincoln Center

 on May 1, 2016 //  By Billy Chrissochos

The Olympic Flame by internationally, acclaimed composer Panagiotis Karousos saw its American premiere on Saturday, March 26th, 2016. This was a groundbreaking, historic production marking it as the first time a Greek Opera sung in the Hellenic language was presented at Lincoln Center of the Performing Arts’ Bruno Walter Auditorium.  The opera was a tribute to the summer Olympic Games that will take place in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. It was also an official event of the Greek Independence Parade that just took place in NYC on Sunday, April 10th.

Left to right : production manager Billy Chrissochos, composer Panagiotis Karousos, conductor Jestin Pieper, tenor Demetrios John Tsinopoulos, soprano Stella Papatheodorou, bass Kofi Hayford, soprano Viktoriya Koreneva, soprano Elisabeth Shoup, and stage director Elias Marko.
The Opera which debuted in Montreal in 2005 is an opera in two acts related to the legend of Heracles and the founding of the Olympic Games. The Olympic Flame is the second operatic work by Panagiotis Karousos. Along with “Prometheus” (first performed in Greek at the Place des Arts, in June of 1994 and subsequently in its French version in June of 1996) and “Alexander the Great” (Canada 2007) is part of a trilogy depicting the greatness of the human spirit and the humanism of the “Hellenes.” This is stated in the philosophical works of Greek antiquity and clearly indicates that we are all descendants of the culture and civilization of that era.
The opera in its entirety is based on the Olympic flame and as it unfolds gives us the fundamental meaning behind the ancient Greek religious ritual, “for that is what it is”. The flame as we know it fueling the Olympics is basically a simple commemoration/re-enactment of the flame as was stolen from the Gods by Prometheus and brought to the people; The flame of knowledge, from which civilizations were born. In Greek antiquity it was a religious ritual, with the purpose of bringing of the people closer to the Gods.
Its second act is based on the tragedy “THE TRACHINIAE” (The Women of Trachis) by Sophocles. In the Trachiniae, the sufferings of Heracles are described and the levity of Deianeira, atoned for by her death; “The Olympic Flame” is a presentation of a major work of Greek mythology and philosophy, and in turn its contribution to world civilization.

The Hellenic American Orchestra with co-founders Mr. Panagiotis Karousos and Billy Chrissochos
The composition and orchestration of the opera is influenced by the post-romantic era in music and by other classical elements in Greek antiquity thus making it an avant-garde opera of the new millennium. Dominant in this work as in others by Panagiotis Karousos is the exaltation of lyricism, which relates well to ancient Greek tragedy due to the fact that they are both lyrical works and Greek tragic poetry is lyrical.
The opera World Premiered in Montreal’s Cathedral at Notre-Dame Basilica with soloists, choir and large Symphony Orchestra conducted by maestro Andre Gauthier. In Greece the opera was presented at the Old Parliament House of Greece with costumes. The bel-canto style of the arias and melancholic romanticism raise the work as a major operatic masterpiece of the new era in opera, “an exaltation of lyricism never heard before.” Among with Prometheus and Alexander the Great, they contribute as the most important operatic works in the Greek history of classical music.
The stars of the show were the singers of course who with operatic fervor enthralled the packed theatre. The part of Heracles was sung by tenor Demetrios John Tsinopoulos who starred in “Porphyra, A Grecian Rock Opera’s” Carnegie Hall debut last May. The dynamic and tragic role of Deianeira was sung by the brilliant soprano Elisabeth Shoup. The roles of Hyllos & Prometheus by bass Kofi Hayford, the roles of Macaria and Iole by soprano Stella Papatheodorou, and the role of Alcmene by mezzo-soprano Viktoriya Koreneva.
The brand new Hellenic American Orchestra that was created for the Hellenic American Center of the Arts American branch was conducted by a rising star, conductor Jestin Pieper, who was instrumental along with tenor Demetrios John Tsinopoulos, production manager Billy Chrissochos, and stage director Elias Markos in bringing all these talented musicians together.

The Hellenic American Orchestra under conductor Jestin Pieper
About the Composer:
Panagiotis Karousos is a renowned Greek-Canadian composer who brings to his music the philosophy and spiritualism of the Greek classics. He has done numerous concerts in Canada and the US with his Symphony No.1 “Liberty,” and Symphony No.2 “Olympic” with the 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 was presented in Montreal at the Montreal Notre Dame Basilica and in Chicago, Illinois and conducted by David Stech.  It was also presented 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.

Left to right : Conductor Jestin Pieper, soprano Viktoriya Koreneva, composer Panagiotis Karousos, tenor Demetrios John Tsinopoulos, soprano Elisabeth Shoup, and bass Kofi Hayford.
The opera Prometheus performed in Los Angeles, New York, and Washington DC.  From 2013, Mr. Karousos held major presentations of Prometheus in Ancient Greek Theaters like Epidaurus, Messina, and the Ancient Agora, and the National Archeological Museum of Greece. In 2014 Prometheus presented with bass Vasilis Asimakopoulos at United Nations in New York under the auspices of UNESCO. In Berlin he did a chamber music concert and Liederabend. His Symphony No.4 “Earth” premiered with City of Athens Symphony Orchestra under maestro Eleftherios Kalkanis.  His concerts broadcasted live from National Greek Radio and Attica TV.
The Olympic Flame was sponsored by the Federation of Hellenic Societies of Greater NY. The production team would like to thank Mr. Petros Galatoulas and the board as well as our co-sponsors Yeoryia Studios and Long Island City Academy of Music who granted the production free rehearsal space. This was a co-production of the Hellenic American Center of the Arts, which is the organization of Mr. Karousos and Mr. Chrissochos. You can read all about our future concerts in Europe and the US at the
http://hellenicamericancenterofthearts.blogspot.com. This was also a co-production of Billy Chrissochos’ musical, “Porphyra, A Grecian Rock Opera. Anna and Vladimir: The love that ROCKED the world,” which is debuting OFF Broadway at the Players Theatre May 13th, 14th, &15th. Get your tickets now at www.Porphyrarockopera.com.

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