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ERT Symphony pays tribute to UN in NY October 23, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Greece News, Hellenic Light Americas.

The ERT National Symphony Orchestra will be conducted in New York by Steven White and Andreas Pylarinos.

In what is Greece’s turn to pay tribute to the United Nations, a concert titled “Poetry and Music” will mark the 61st birthday of the organization at New York’s UN General Assembly Hall on Wednesday, according to an announcement by Greek Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis at a press conference late last week.

“The hall of the UN General Assembly will be filled with the sounds and images of Greece,” said Bakoyannis, adding, “Every year one of the member states organizes a concert that symbolizes peace and represents the cultural heritage of each country.”

Greece’s concert will comprise melodies penned by Manos Hadjidakis, Mikis Theodorakis, Dimitris Papadimitriou and Dimitris Lagios to the poetry of C.P. Cavafy, George Seferis and Odysseas Elytis, and performed by the ERT (Greek Radio and Television) National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Steven White and Andreas Pylarinos. The songs will be performed by tenor Rolando Villazon and Greece’s Foteini Darra.

The concert will be broadcast live, via satellite, around the world.

Bakoyannis also noted the contribution of the Onassis Foundation in making the concert possible, adding that: “Foreign policy has a very strong weapon; culture. It is extremely important that Greek cultural events take place abroad.”

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