Hundreds of spectators gathered at Sydney’s City Recital Hall on Friday evening, for a concert dedicated to the 200th anniversary of the Greek War of Independence, according to greekreporter.com.
Popular Greek singer Dimitris Basis, a symphony orchestra, a Greek band and choir, all under the direction of conductor George Ellis, presented a magical, sold-out show.
They performed songs of liberation and empowerment created over several decades by the four great composers of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries: Vasilis Tsitsanis, Manos Hatzidakis, Stavros Xarchakos and Mikis Theodorakis.
Basis performing under the direction of conductor George Ellis. Credit: Greek Festival Of Sydney
Greek concerts in six Australian cities
The concert is being performed in six Australian cities during the months of May and June. It kicked off in Perth on the 7th of May, prior to travelling to Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane and Darwin.
This event is presented under the auspices of the Greece 2021 Committee.
The program of the event:
Friday May 7 – Perth Concert Hall | PerthFriday May 14 – City Recital Hall | SydneyFriday May 28 – Adelaide Town Hall | AdelaideSaturday May 29 – Melbourne Recital Centre | MelbourneFriday June 4 – QPAC | BrisbaneWednesday June 9 – Darwin Entertainment Centre | Darwin
Numbering over 600,000 people, according to recent estimates, Greek-Australians are the seventh-largest ethnic group in Australia, adding their culture, traditions, and language to the fabric of the country.
Many Greek-Australians have made a home in Sydney, Australia’s most populous city, as well, but the community in Melbourne is widely considered the most well-established in the country.
Australian PM Scott Morisson hailed the contribution of Greek Australians in a video message on Greek War of Independence Day.
Morisson said that Australia is proudly home to one of the biggest Greek communities in the world.
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Original article: Australian concerts marks Greek War of Independence Bicentennial (video).