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Aris Returns From NYC After Successful Performance of the Show "Imprisoned Graves" (photos)

Updated: Jan 29, 2023

Aris just returned from NYC where he collaborated with composer, playwright, and director Phyto Stratis on his project Imprisoned Graves which had a very successful performance on May 18, 2019, at the Queens Theater in the Park in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park.

The show was a one-act, dramatic-musical memorial service for the heroes of the Cypriot liberation struggle against the British Empire between 1955-59, and was conceived and composed by Mr. Stratis. The production was organized by the Cultural Division of the Pancyprian Association of America and featured the association's Choir. The cast included renowned actors and singers from Greece and Cyprus, including: Theodore Petropoulos, Stavros Markalas, Ioanna Katsarou, Tasos Karydis, Periklis Kassandrinos, Aggeliki Psonis, Lazaros Theodorakopoulos, Marios Ioannides, Georgios Berbpeis, Chrysa Petridou, Theodora Loukas, Anna Tsoukala, Christiana Kandilioti, Demetris Bonaros, Angela Tsamasirou, Mantalena Papadatou, Elena Crociani, Penny Tsinias, Fanis Gkikas, Demetris Michael, and Ariadne Panagopoulou.

Aris was the orchestrator and assistant music director of the show, performing on the piano and leading the orchestra.

Aris was joined in the orchestra by Jim Reedman on the Clarinet, Navid Kandelousi on the Violin, Peter Pearson on the Violoncello, Alexis Lambros-Davis on Double Bass, Antonios Fardias on Oud and Bouzouki, and Theodoros Tsinias on Percussion.

A number of important guests were present, including the Consul General of Greece in New York, Konstantinos Koutras; the Consul General of the Republic of Cyprus, Alexis Phedonos-Vadet; the Consul of Greece, Lana Zochiou; Pancyprian President Philip Christopher; and Federation of Cypriot-American Organizations President, Kyriacos Papastylianou.

The show was held under the auspices of the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades.

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Photos from the event can be viewed below.

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