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Costas Cacoyannis Meets Aris Antoniades and the TrakArt Pops in Two Sold-Out Performances

LIMASSOL, CY: The Cypriot audience had the chance to enjoy the beautiful music of renowned film and T.V. composer Costas Cacoyannis live in two unique concerts - entitled Kites - with the TrakArt Pops Orchestra, conducted by Aris Antoniades. The concerts took place on November 16th at the Strovolos Municipal Theater (Nicosia), and on November 18th at the Pattihio Municipal Limassol Theater (Limassol). Both concerts were sold-out.

The program consisted of songs written by Cacoyannis and his long-time collaborator, and exceptional lyricist, Pampos Kouzalis (many of which were title songs for popular Greek/Cypriot T.V. shows), as well as instrumental works. Aris Antoniades was entrusted with arranging and orchestrating Cacoyannis' music for the TrakArt Pops Orchestra.


When asked about his experience after the concert, Aris enthusiastically said, "... it was, truly, a great privilege to work with such an amazing musician (Cacoyannis) ... I feel especially honored to have been given the chance to orchestrate his magical music for our orchestra". Aris also thanked (on-stage) his two assistant orchestrators, Alexandros Darna and Marios Mylonas for their invaluable help with this project.


Costas Cacoyannis with Aris Antoniades and members of the TrakArt Pops Orchestra after the show.
Costas Cacoyannis with Aris Antoniades and members of the TrakArt Pops Orchestra after the show.

In addition to the TrakArt Pops Orchestra, a guest folklore ensemble appeared on stage, which consisted of Costas Cacoyannis playing violin, recorders, flute, and piano; George Spyrou playing the lute and the bouzouki; Andreas Davison and Pampos Kouzalis playing traditional percussion.

"... it was, truly, a great privilege to work with such an amazing musician (Cacoyannis) ... I feel especially honored to have been given the chance to orchestrate his magical music for our orchestra" - Aris Antoniades

Most of Cacoyannis' and Kouzalis' songs were performed by four remarkable young singers - Mariam Venizelou, Andrea Markou, Andrea Neocleous, and Georgia Neocleous - who captivated the audience with their mesmerizing performances. They were joined on stage by veteran singers, and close family members of Costas, Irene Cacoyanni, Nicos Mylonas, and Eugenios Mylonas.


The concert's sound was designed by Andreas Georgallis, while the lighting was designed by Marios Papadopoulos. The poster and printed programs were designed by Natalie Pavlidou.


The concerts were produced by the TrakArt Cultural Development Foundation, Melina Schini, and Marios Papadopoulos (Papadopoulos & Schinis Productions). The director and members of the TrakArt Orchestra wish to thank the producers, the foundation, and the entire production office team for their support.

 

TrakArt Pops Orchestra


Aris Antoniades, Artistic Director and Conductor


Giorgos Hadjigeorgiou, Violin I

Konstantina Maimari, Violin II

Konstantinos Christou, Viola

Marios Stylianou, Violoncello

Konstantinos Makaritis, Flute

Stamatis Solonos, Oboe

Giannis Koudounas, Trumpet & Flugelhorn

Andreas Theocharous, Trombone

Maria Kramvi, Percussion

Antonis Polycarpou, Piano

Byron Athinodorou, Guitar, Lute, & Euphonium

Nicholas Tryphonos, El./Ac. Bass

Sotiris Yiatrou, Drums


Konstantinos Makaritis, Orchestra Contractor

Rehearsal for the show "Kites". COSTAS CACOYANNIS, Aris Antonaides, and the TrakArt Pops Orchestra
Rehearsing for the show.
 

ABOUT COSTAS CACOYANNIS


Referred to by the BBC as a "one-man orchestra," Cacoyannis holds diplomas in piano, flute, violin, and teaching and has a degree in Electrical Engineering. After winning a Fulbright scholarship, he went to the United States for studies in music theory, film scoring, and composition at the Eastman School of Music.


His music has been performed in major theatres and halls around the world including the Kremlin Palace, the Acropolis Herodion, the Bloomsbury and Her Majesty’s Theatre in London's West End, the Haus der Kulturen in Germany, and the Megaron Mousikis in Athens.


It seems that Cacoyannis was always destined for musical greatness. He is a relative of the great Michael Cacoyannis, director of major Hollywood movies such as ‘Zorba the Greek’ and ‘The Trojan Women', with whom he has collaborated as a composer, describing Michael as his closest friend and mentor.



He has composed the music for 3 ballets, 15 theatrical productions, 15 TV series, 8 motion pictures, and 20 albums. In 2008 he was elected as musical director and composer for the Junior Eurovision song contest.


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