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Concert Night at the Residence of the Consul General of Greece in New York with the support of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation
On June 6, the Consul General of Greece in New York, Konstantinos Koutras opened the Consular Residence for a music concert performed by New York-based Greek music composer and performer Pericles Kanaris and friends. The concert was an exclusive preview of the concert to be performed during this year’s “Summer Nostos Festival” in Athens, on June 30th.
The Summer Nostos Festival (June 23-30) is an annual event organized by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation in Athens and its concept is about bringing home (Nostos means homecoming) Greek artists, athletes, and scientists from all over the world. It comprises seventy events, filling an eight-day program which promises to become an open celebration of culture, sport, coexistence, and dialogue. This year the festival will be entering its fifth year.
Pericles Kanaris was born in Athens, where he began his study of piano at an early age. He won the B.E.S.T. scholarship from Berklee College of Music where he studied voice and composition with a concentration on Film Scoring (B.Mus. - Summa Cum Laude). He is the recipient of the Barnes and Noble Award, and the Soren Christensen Award, both for outstanding musicianship. He also holds an M.Sc. in Mass Communication from Boston University and a B.A. in Media Studies from the University of Kent at Canterbury, England, where he wrote extensively on the potential of music as a medium of communication.
The evening’s piano concert repertoire “Road to Athens” included Pericles Kanaris' original songs by Greek poet and lyricist Manos Eleftheriou, poets Nikos Gatsos and Constantine Cavafy and lyricist Dimitris Papacharalambous.
Participating artists in the concert included Gary Schreiner (accordion, harmonica), Peter Douskalis (guitar, assistant music director), Jessie Reagen Mann (cello), Agapitos Magkanaris (bouzouki, laouto, vocals), Giancarlo Detrizio (percussion).