Concert Tribute to Apostolos Kaldaras and Stavros Kouyioumtzis




On November 4, 2011, CYPRECO presented yet another sold-out concert at the Stathakion Cultural Center in Astoria, NY., dedicated to Apostolos Kaldaras and Stavros Kouyioumtzis.  Lovers of Greek music practically packed the venue and enjoyed this musical tribute to these two legendary composers/songwriters of Greece presented by the talented musicians Christos Papadopoulos, Leda Maniatakou, Megan Gould, Mathias Kunzli and Spiros Exaras.  

CYPRECO 2011 Kaldaras Kouyioumtzis Artists Nov 4 11The two hour program revived in the first part the songs of Stavros Kouyioumtzis and in the second part the songs of Apostolos Kaldaras. People were engaged from beginning to end singing and clapping along to such great classics “Poune Ta Chronia” (Where are the Years), “Min Mou Thimonis Matia Mou” (Don’t be angry with me), “Natane to 21” (I wish it was 1821) by Kouyioumtzis, “Nychtose Choris Feggari” (Moonless Night), “Sy Mou Charakses Poria” (You paved the way), “Fantasy”, “Dio Pallikaria Apo To Aivali” (Two lads from Aivali) by Kaldaras, among many other renowned and loved songs by the two featured composers/songwriters. 


The musicians were exceptional in their interpretation of the songs and they were rewarded throughout the performance with non-stop enthusiastic applause. There were two encores after the show which further verified how much everyone truly appreciated and enjoyed the concert. "The tremendous response of CYPRECO’s and AKTINA’s fans and supporters to every new program that they bring to the community is the highest reward for us that gives us the strength to continue our cultural mission", Ms. Maroulleti declared after the performance further noting that, "CYPRECO and AKTINA also feel exceptionally happy and honored for being able during each new production to attract many young people from the new generations of Greek and Greek Cypriot Americans, as well as many non-Greeks. It is also a very beautiful and a rewarding feeling when so many people from so many different ethnic backgrounds attend to enjoy and further discover the Hellenic culture, heritage and musical inheritance".


Cypreco 2011 Kaldaras Kouyioumtzis Concert Nov 4 11 CrowdSeveral dignitaries and officials were also in attendance including the Consul General of Cyprus Koula Sofianou, the Consul of Greece Evangelos Kyriakopoulos, the Presidents of several leading Greek and Greek Cypriot American Federations and Organizations. 


In welcoming the audience the President of CYPRECO and Executive Producer of the concert, Elena Maroulleti, thanked everyone for their overwhelming response to CYPRECO’s invitation to attend this new concert production and stressed that, "it is part of the organization’s ongoing mission of bringing to the Queens community worthy and unique programs which revive and preserve the rich musical inheritance of Greece".  Ms. Maroulleti also acknowledged that the audience was comprised exclusively by CYPRECO, AKTINA FM and AKTINA TV fans and supporters to all of whom she also expressed her most sincere thanks and appreciation for their many years of devotion and ongoing support.


The concert which was also given to benefit public service radio AKTINA FM, co-sponsored by CYPRECO on WNYE 91.5FM, concluded with AKTINA's Mega Raffle drawing featuring over 40 great prizes donated by leading Greek and Cypriot American companies and businesses in the tri-state area of New York. It was made possible in part through the generous support of Arch Capital Services, Inc., the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and Astoria Federal Savings Bank, Ditmars Branch.  CYPRECO's support volunteer staff was comprised by Elena Maroulleti, Concert Executive Producer, Tom Stouras, Sr. TV Director, Caroline Ioannou, Sr. Production Assistant, Anna Pappas, Production Assistant, Thanasis Tzouvelis, Lights and Fotis Papagermanos, Photographer.  Media Sponsors: AKTINA FM, AKTINA TV and Antenna Satellite.


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