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Greece’s The Chorus of Nafpaktos to perform in Philadelphia October 3, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Greek Diaspora, Hellenic Light Americas.
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Greece’s The Chorus of Nafpaktos, celebrating its 20th year of concertizing, will perform in the United States for the first time in October, 2007.

The 45-member Chorus will perform in Philadelphia and Harrisburg, PA, Saturday, October 27, at 7:30pm, in Drexel University’s Main Auditorium, 32nd and Chestnut Streets, Philadelphia, and Sunday, October 28, at 3:30pm in The Forum, 5th and Walnut Streets, Harrisburg.

The Artistic and Music Director of the Chorus of Nafpaktos for the past decade is Todor Kabakchiev. Maestro Kabakchiev has had a long and distinguished career directing choral groups in Greece and Bulgaria and has received many first-prize awards at festival competitions for his brilliant conducting. He will direct the Chorus of Nafpaktos during both U.S. performances. Classical pianist Zeze Korkonzelou will accompany the Chorus and also perform a solo work.

The choral program for the U.S. concerts will focus on contemporary works of leading 20th Century Greek composers, particularly Mikis Theodorakis, Manos Hatzidakis, and Stratos Tsitsanis. Selections of “Rembetika”, the haunting “blues” of Greece with its distinctive bouzouki background, along with traditional Greek folk songs will be featured in the informal second-half of the program. The 90-minute programs, with intermission, will be followed by a Greek wine-and-cheese reception.

Tickets for the Chorus of Nafpaktos concerts are priced at $20 for adults and $10 for high school and university students. This is a nonprofit event, proceeds from the American concerts will benefit the Drexel University Greek Studies Department’s EthnoMusic Concert Fund. For additional information contact the Drexel University, MacAlister Hall 2023-1, Philadelphia, PA 19104, tel 215 8956143.

Related Links > http://www.drexel.edu/provost/uwide/studyabroad/programs/crete/index.htm

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