“From Tsitsanis to Theodorakis” Concert with Legendary Singer Babis Tsertos
On Friday, November 2, 2018 at 8:30pm, lovers of Greek music will be treated to an exceptional concert from AKTINA’s acclaimed series, Greek Music Journey 2018 with renowned Greek singer Babis Tsertos and his band at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College on E. 68th Street between Park and Lexington Avenues in Manhattan. Produced by Elena Maroulleti and co-presented by the non-profits, AKTINA Productions, Inc., and CYPRECO Of America, Inc., this new concert subtitled, “From Tsitsanis to Theodorakis” will revive the everlasting Rembetika (Greek blues) of Vasilis Tsitsanis and the great Laika (popular folk) of Mikis Theodorakis. Tickets are sold exclusively by the organizers and can be purchased online at aktinafm.com or by calling 718-545-1151. The Babis Tsertos band is comprised by the leading musicians/soloists, Kostas Zaridakis, bouzouki, Kyriakos Gouventas, violin/baglama, Giannis Tsertos, piano, Kostas Tsekouras, guitar and Sofia Mermigka, vocals/kanonaki.
Referring to the upcoming performance, the concert’s Executive Producer, Elena Maroulleti stressed that, “Babis Tsertos who captivated the audience during our sold out concert in November 2016 returns to New York for yet another captivating performance that pays tribute to two exceptional and world renowned songwriters of Greece, the great legends, Vasilis Tsitsanis and Mikis Theodorakis. Both Tsitsanis and Theodorakis have written their own unique history in Greek music with immense contributions which stand out to this day! We feel exceptionally honored to host once again Babis Tsertos and his distinguished musicians and we promise to all of our fans and friends a memorable evening filled with the most loved songs.”
The concert which coincides with AKTINA’s 25th anniversary will also mark the closing ceremonies on this auspicious occasion. On Friday, October 26th at 11am at the corner of 27th Street and 23rd Avenue in Astoria, New York there will be a Street Co-Naming Ceremony in honor of AKTINA FM Radio on its 25th anniversary on behalf of the New York City Council and the City of New York. The street co-naming initiated by Council Member Costa Constantinides, after he passed the legislation in the NYC City Council, will co-name 27th Street between 23rd and 24th Avenues in Astoria, “AKTINA FM Way” in recognition of the outstanding contributions of AKTINA FM to the Greek American community and to all New Yorkers as a leading bilingual public service media outlet over the last 25 years. AKTINA FM is the first Greek American Radio to be honored by the New York City Council and the City of New York with a Street Co-Naming. The event is open to the public.