THE GREEK-AMERICAN PEROFRMING ARTS FESTIVAL

The four-day festival, celebrates the rich history of Hellenic culture and the contributions of its many contemporary and traditional talented artists, writers, and performers September 24 through 27, 2009. It will feature concerts, staged readings, film, an agora-like fair with music and folklore workshops, children’s shadow-puppet show, as well as culinary demonstrations and samples.

In its second year, the festival aims to foster greater cultural awareness and appreciation among the diverse ethnic community in New York and the tri-state area.

This are the artist who will be part of teh festival this year. Please look at our calendar for times.

Saturday, September 26 @ 8PM, Sunday, September 27 @ 3PM
U.S. Debut Concert Performance

Thursday, September 24

EROS TAXIMI
An evening of uniquely arranged Rembetika, Smyrneika and Entehna music.
8PM, Tickets $25

1:1 PLEASE REMOVE SHOES
Choreographers/Performers: Despina Sophia Stamos and Wen-Shuan Yang
Pre- and Post-Show Performances 7:30PM and 9:30PM, Free event
Friday, September 25

OPA! THE MUSICAL (Open Rehearsal/Meet the Creators)
Attend a special open rehearsal of a new musical about life and love on a forgotten Greek island. Be the first to get a sneak peek at this musical which will run for three weeks beginning October 8th at QTP and meet the creative team behind this production in a post-show discussion with the artists. 8PM, Free event

MARSEILLES, A GREEK PROFILE (DOCUMENTARY)
A portrait of Marseilles and its Greek community through telling life stories. Filmmaker: Marco Gastine [Greek/French, with English subtitles]
8PM, Free event
Saturday, September 26

YEIA STA HERIA SAS!
A Greek ‘agora’ of dance, costumes, embroidery, cooking workshops, weaver Christine Yampanis House, musician/folklorist Demetri Tashie
11AM–3PM, Free event

KARAGIOZIS: THE IMMIGRANT
Traditional folklore shadow-puppet theatre for adults and kids of all ages (in English)
1PM, Tickets $12, multiple $10

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PLESSAS IN NEW YORK
Mimis Plessas, Greece’s acclaimed multi-award winning composer and pianist, with Greek vocalist/performer Evi Siamanda and New York-based vibraphonist Christos Rafalides
Presented under the aegis of the Consulate General of Greece in New York
This debut appearance celebrates Plessas’ 50-plus year musical repertoire including songs from their recent recordings, echo-the music of Mimis Plessas and We Two, presented in cooperation with Emarel Music, Inc.
8PM –
Tickets $40, Seniors $35, multiple $34, Students $22

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ATREIDES, END
Iphegenia’s magical powers bring the dead Cassandra back to life in order to foretell Orestes’ future. Play written by the awarded playwright Andreas Flourakis and Directed by Alexander Harrington.

8PM, stage reading.

Sunday, September 27

PLESSAS IN NEW YORK
Mimis Plessas, Greece’s acclaimed multi-award winning composer and pianist, with Greek vocalist/performer Evi Siamanda and New York-based vibraphonist Christos Rafalides
Presented under the aegis of the Consulate General of Greece in New York
This debut appearance celebrates Plessas’ 50-plus year musical repertoire including songs from their recent recordings, echo-the music of Mimis Plessas and We Two, presented in cooperation with Emarel Music, Inc.
3PM –
Tickets $40, Seniors $35, multiple $34, Students $22

About Queens Theatre in the Park
Queens Theatre in the Park (QTP) is the premiere performing arts venue in Queens. QTP’s mission is to provide quality and diverse performing arts activities that are economically and geographically accessible to the 2.2 million residents of Queens, the most ethnically diverse county in the nation, and the surrounding metropolitan region. To foster greater cultural awareness and appreciation, the Theatre presents and produces programs that reflect this diversity and features international, national and local artists.

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