Greek Australians Mark War of Independence with Concert

Australia Greek concert

The Sydney Opera House was the scene of a jaw-dropping display of the Greek flag in March as the sails of the building were illuminated in the Blue and White for the Greek bicentennial. Credit: Nick Papas/@PapasFilmPhotography

The Greek Diaspora in Australia marks the 200th anniversary of the beginning of the Greek War of Independence with a concert set to take place in several cities in May and June.

The concert will focus on the works of famous Greek composers Vasilis Tsitsanis, Manos Hatzidakis, Stavros Xarchakos and Mikis Theodorakis.

Popular Greek singer Dimitris Basis will bring these great composers’ music to life in the grandeur of concert halls throughout Australia.

He will perform songs of revolution, liberation and empowerment created over several decades by the four great composers of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

The concert will feature a Greek band, a symphony orchestra and a choir, under the direction of conductor George Ellis.

Greek concert in six Australia cities

It will be performed in six Australian cities during the months of May and June, kicking off in Perth on the 7th of May, before travelling to Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane and Darwin.

Dimitris Basis said, “I feel very lucky to be able to once again travel to Australia, especially in a year that is so important for Greek people. To be able to celebrate 200 years of freedom through the music of these incredible composers is truly humbling.”

Australian audiences have embraced Dimitris Basis warmly in the past and there is great anticipation for these performances.

This event is presented under the auspices of the Greece 2021 Committee.

The program of the event:

Friday 7 May Perth Concert Hall | Perth
Friday 14 May City Recital Hall | Sydney
Friday 28 May Adelaide Town Hall | Adelaide
Saturday 29 May Melbourne Recital Centre | Melbourne
Friday 4 June QPAC | Brisbane
Wednesday 9 June 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 largest Greek communities in the world.

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