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Yannis Kotsiras captivates in Aktina’s Greek Music Journey 2017

By on October 5, 2017

On April 21st, renowned Greek star Yannis Kotsiras was hosted once again by the non-profit cultural organization AKTINA Productions, Inc., at New York’s landmark theater, The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College during a new captivating performance produced by Elena Maroulleti. This benefit concert for public service media, AKTINA FM and AKTINA TV was enjoyed by Greek Americans and non-Greeks alike and was hailed by all in attendance as “one of kind”.

Yannis Kotsiras and Orchestra, PHOTO: ANASTASIOS MENTIS

Yannis Kotsiras and Orchestra, PHOTO: ANASTASIOS MENTIS

Accompanied by his distinguished musicians, Vangelis Machairas, bouzouki, baglama, lute, Akis Katsoupakis, piano, keyboards, Kostas Michalos, guitars, Yiannis Grypaios, bass and Nektarios Gavalas drums, Kotsiras who was AKTINA’s guest during Greek Music Journey 2015 returned to the Kaye with a new beautiful program filled with exceptional songs from his rich discography as well as with classic hits by other great singers such as Lavrentis Machairitsas, Pyx-Lax, Nikos Gounaris, Vasilis Tsitsanis among others while he paid once again a special tribute to the late legendary singer Dimitris Mitropanos.

PHOTO: ANASTASIOS MENTIS

PHOTO: ANASTASIOS MENTIS

In a beautiful setting with exceptional sound and lights, the program which started at 8:30pm sharp and lasted for almost 2 ½ hours opened with the band that played the everlasting instrumental by Manos Hadzidakis, “The Waltz of Lost Dreams” and then Yannis Kotsiras welcomed the crowd with his great hit “7 Glasses”. Then followed loved songs from his latest album “Pseftis Keros” which also became great hits on AKTINA FM.  Singing along, the crowd enjoyed among others the hits, “Sta Idia Diktia” and “Kathe Fora”.

The performance which received raving reviews and remarkable buzz on social media also stood out for the exceptional love and warmth which Yannis Kotsiras conveyed to his fans who rewarded him from beginning to end with non-stop applause and cheers.  Kotsiras also conveyed a very distinct feeling to all with his amazing interpretation of everlasting hits by other renowned and legendary singers.

Executive Producer and President of AKTINA, Elena Maroulleti, PHOTO: ANASTASIOS MENTIS

Executive Producer and President of AKTINA, Elena Maroulleti, PHOTO: ANASTASIOS MENTIS

At the end of the concert the audience was also addressed and greeted the concert’s Executive Producer and President of AKTINA, Elena Maroulleti who after offering a bouquet of flowers to Yannis Kotsiras, praised and thank him and his band members for “the exceptional performance”. Ms. Maroulleti also expressed special thanks to all fans and supporters of AKTINA who packed the theater to enjoy Kotsiras while she also thanked and acknowledged the sponsors and all AKTINA volunteers. AKTINA’s volunteer team was comprised by Tom Stouras who filmed the concert, Thanasis Tzouvelis, lights, Anastasios Mentis, official photographer, Caroline Ioannou, Sr. Production Assistant, Georgia Neophytou, concert reporter, Penny and Doug Chapman, Chrysso Neophytou, Front House Assistants, Vlassis Anastasiou, Production Support and Irene Constantinou, Intern.

Watch video https://youtu.be/_8Mryan6zyA from AKTINA’s memorable Greek Music Journey 2017 with Yannis Kotsiras

Greek Music  Journey 2017 continues on Friday, November 3rd at 8:30pm at the Kaye Playhouse with legendary singer/songwriter Lavrentis Machairitsas, his band and renowned artist Giannis Zouganelis as guest Star.  Machairitsas returns to New York for yet another captivating performance that no one should miss.  For tickets call 718-545-1151 or buy online aktinafm.com.

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