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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 18 May 2019
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 18 MAY 2019 19 MUSIC & THEATRE Dimitris Basis: ‘Concert with Newtown school is a career highlight’ GEORGE MPLIOKAS Stuttgart-born Greek singer Dimitris Basis and the Newtown High School of the Performing Arts Orchestra collaborated in an historic concert, titled 'Byzantium to Zorba', on Wednesday in the framework of events of the annual Greek Festival of Sydney. Speaking to Neos Kosmos after the final rehearsal for their sold-out performance, Basis and Emlyn Lewis-Jones, conductor and teacher at the Newtown school, both spoke of their joy for the project finally coming to fruition, among the first of its kind for a major Greek artist in Australia. "I explained to the school committee that what we wanted to show was the history of Greek music," Basis, speaking in Greek, said. "These children, who are Australians, fell in love with Greek music and they played it in their school. That is an honour for us Greeks." Lewis-Jones, a long-time admirer of Basis explained how seeing the Greek musician in concert on Samos over a decade ago left a remarkable im- pression. "It was a large festival, crowds of people in the main square area and a large stage," Lewis-Jones recollected, "Dimitri and his band came out and he started with a Byzantine chant." "From that point on, for two and a half hours, I was mesmerised." That exposure to Basis' music was limited to attending concerts and purchasing CDs until one day last year, when Nia Karteris, Director of the Greek Festival and Committee Member Ula George arranged a meeting between the two. "We went had coffee and we talked, we listened to some music from the ensembles we were rehearsing at the time," Lewis-Jones said. "Dimitri was pleased with them, so we decided to do a show. "Karteris also spoke to Neos Kosmos and highlighted her delight on behalf of the Greek Festival that this ambitious concept had become a reality. "It shows that the Greek Festival and Greek Community have no borders, and it gives us the opportunity to expand into the mainstream, Lady of Ro travels to Perth The 129-year anniversary of the death of a lady who lived alone on a remote Greek island but whose small daily act of patriotism has seen her compared to France's Joan of Arc or Britain's Boudicca was on 13 May. Despina Achladioti, otherwise known as the 'Lady of Ro' is the woman who singlehandedly raised the Greek flag every morning on the remote island of Ro, off Kastellorizo. The woman, who fled her hometown in Kastellorizo during WWI watched as her home was being invaded by the Italians and bombarded by the Germans and while her compatriots and family perished or fled. While others were evacuated by the British and sent to Egypt and Palestine, she arrived on the then deserted island of Ro and set up her new home. It was during the Cyprus invasion in the '70s that her legendary journey and determination to keep the furthest Greek island Greek, became widely known and she was regarded as a hero. The performance takes place in Perth on 1 June. Despina's story has been turned into a unique theatrical performance featuring acclaimed actress Fotini Baxevani. The play was written by Giannis Skaragas, directed by Katerina Bertheka and produced by Lykofos company. The performance has already garnered rave reviews in Greece and is now coming to Australia with Perth being the first stop with the support of the Consulate of Greece in Perth and the Castellorizian Association of Western Australia Inc. The Lady of Ro will be staged at the Subiaco Arts Centre on 1 June at 8.00pm and it will have English subtitles to immerse Greek and English speaking audiences into the stirring life of one woman that became the symbol of a nation and its survival. "The Lady of Ro captures the essence of life that, in its very unfolding, seems to be slipping away before our grasp. It is about what happens to the dreams we hold close during war time, the ties that bind daughters and mothers, husbands and wives, folk legends and madwomen to one another and to the places they call home. The Lady of Ro invites us into the ascetic world of a woman who lives alone on a small island questioning the values she once held true. Through heartbreak, grief and courage, she becomes one of her country's best-loved icons. It will mend and break your heart." Tickets: ptt.wa.gov.au Greek singer Dimitris Basis with Emlyn Lewis-Jones, conductor and teacher at the Newtown school especially in the education department," Karteris said. "It's something that will open the floodgates to more projects. "Both singer and conductor concurred that working together and with the school Orchestra was easy, particularly during the final three school days of rehearsals and despite language barriers. "There was no difficulty in collaborating because music is a global language, and we musicians understand one another very easily," Basis said. And the singer was quick to mention "one moment where I sing Mikis Theodorakis' 'An Thimitheis To Oneiro Mou' alongside one of the students, with him in English and myself in Greek," as one of his most memorable sections of the concert. "I feel [Wednesday]'s event is among the most important moments of my career," Basis said, "regardless of some major prior collaborations. This event is excellent. "I don't see it at all in terms of if I will benefit personally, but this exercise will certainly benefit Greek music." Australian Hellenic Choir officially up and running, auditions now open The Australian Hellenic Choir is about to kick off. Founded by James Tsolakis, the Sydney-based choral group is multicultural and multilingual. It has been formed with the ambition to bring the world's best music to Australian audiences. "Our vision is to support performers and events and to perform in our own right," said Mr Tsolakis, who is President of the organisation. "With several performances already booked into the next 12 months, we are looking forward to presenting our unique world sound." Despina Lucas, who has over 30 years of musical experience has been appointed Vice-President and Themos Mexis as Music and Artistic Director. The Choir is now seeking other talented individuals with music knowledge to audition for a spot in the cho- ral group, including tenors, sopranos, basses and altos. Auditions for the Australian Hellenic Choir have been scheduled for Sunday 19 May, 2019. For additional information on the Choir, upcoming events, membership and auditions email or call the following contacts: President James Tsolakis: 0416 060 700 Vice President Despina Lucas: 0438 289 699 Email contact: email@example.com Εργασία Employment Ζητήσεις Positions Vacant WAIT STAFF required for Friday and Saturday night at House of Pan in Brighton. Must have experience and a RSA. Please contact 0407 556 704.
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