music of Greece journeys to Concord

Friday June 8, 2018

Organiser, conductor and trustee of the charity – Concord’s Head of Music, Mr Stavros Kokkinos, will be wearing three hats when a musical journey through the popular music of Greece comes to Concord later this month. The Morris Theatre at Concord will host the one-off charity concert featuring the band Plastikes Karekles and the combined choirs Of One Accord and the Marches Choral Society which Mr Kokkinos will conduct on Sunday June 24 at 7.30 pm. Mr Kokkinos, who has been Head of Music at Concord for the last 15 years, said the concert would reflect Greek music and culture with the nine piece Plastikes Karekles band and Marina Deligianni (vocals) paying homage to Greece’s most loved musical style ‘Rebetiko,’ aka the Greek Blues. He said:  “The band has appeared at performances and festivals in Greece and abroad and is back at Concord College by popular demand following their last sell out concert at our international school in 2016. “The event itself is part of the Rebetiko Carnival, a festival of concerts, lectures and presentations that aim to promote awareness of Rebetiko’s unique musical idiom which last year was granted UNESCO status. “This one-off concert at our college in Acton Burnell promises to deliver the kind of musical energy and stage presence that will make for a unique and memorable evening which will undoubtedly evoke memories of holidays abroad.” Added Mr Kokkinos, who is a trustee of the Rebetiko Carnival charity:  “Live music can have a profound and positive impact on the lives of people who are in care homes, hospitals or hospices and rarely experience its benefits.  The charity provides a true cultural experience and provides music as a therapy.” Tickets in aid of the charity concert are available online at www.wegottickets.com/event/433339 (online booking fee applies). On the night of the concert, Mr Kokkinos has organised a free Greek dance workshop from 6.30 pm to 7.00 pm for which no booking is required. He is seen preparing for the concert by playing the bouzouki instrument popular in Greece and central to the Rebetiko genre. For more information click here.