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2018
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Saturday,
February 17, 2018
8:00 - 11:00 pm


Goodbye party for Dean Sirigos



Pasta Lovers Restaurant

142 West 49 Street
New York, NY 10019


Julie Ziavras will entertain for a goodbye party held for Constantine (Dean) Sirigos as he relocates to Greece. Dean is the Executive Editor of the Greek National Herald newspaper and also Representative of the American Hellenic Institute. All of Dean's friends and acquaintances are invited to join the celebration with food and music.

Julie Ziavras is joined by Spiros Cardamis, keyboards and Chris Papson, bouzouki and vocals. Guests will pay a fixed price of $40.95, which includes a wonderful buffet and complimentary wine and beer. If you wish to attend, RSVP by Feb. 10: csirigos100@aol.com.


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Thursday,
April 26, 2018
7:00 pm


Hellenic / Harlem / Havana Blues & Music Experience


St. Peter's Church at Citicorp Center
619 Lexington Ave at 54th St.
New York, NY 10022

The Hellenic Music Ensemble, The Harlem Blues and Havana Cuban groups share the stage for a unique concert and listening experience that features the sounds of Greece, Cuba and Harlem blues.

The Hellenic Music Ensemble with Julie Ziavras (vocals, guitar), Kostas Psarros (bouzouki) and Spiros Cardamis, piano and synths will present a special musical program capturing the lyric expression and the rich, deep texture of the Hellenic spirit and culture.

The concert also features Alyson Williams, a well known Harlem Jazz and R & B recording artist and her ensemble and The Feeling Collective Band under the leadership of Miguel and Mariang Valdes, a dynamic group of extraordinary Cuban Musicians.

The concert is sponsored by EMBCA, The Eastern Mediterranean Business Cultural Alliance (embca.com), whose mission is to promote the professional business, educational, artistic and cultural interests of Eastern Mediterranean Americans in conjunction with the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce in Partnership with Voza Rivers/New Heritage Theater Group.

In addition, an event entitled A Taste of Hellas: A Mediterranean Palette Trade Portal will take place prior to the concert, from 5:00- 7:00 pm. This event, sponsored by The Hermes Expo International and the Queens Chamber of Commerce in Association with EMBCA and St. Peter's Church, will feature speakers discussing importing and exporting and a networking reception with food and wine tasting.

Tickets for the concert are $20, and are available at the door or online at http://embca.com/event/rembetika-blues-concert-2018/.



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Thursday,
June 21, 2018
6:00-8:00 pm


Summer Concert Series
Harpswell, Maine
Spiros Exaras & Julie Ziavras


Harpswell Bandstand by the Sea
Mitchell Field
Harpswell, Maine

Vocalist Julie Ziavras will join the internationally renowned Greek classical and jazz guitarist and composer Spiros Exaras for a program of international folk inspired music. They will perform different styles of music, including jazz, folk and world music sing in several different languages including Greek, Spanish and French. They are joined by guest singer/songwriter and guitarist Ken DeAngelis.

The Summer Concert Series at the Harpswell Bandstand by the sea features concerts by prominent American and international musicians sponsored by the Town of Harpswell, Maine. It is free and open to the public. Visit: harpswell.maine.gov.


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Saturday,
October 20, 2018
6:00-8:00 pm


Athenians' Society of NY
Commemorates
The October 12, 1944
Liberation of Athens
Julie Ziavras, featured performer


Cultural Center
Hellenic Archdiocese
27-09 Crescent Street
Astoria, NY 11102

Julie Ziavras will peform a program of Greek songs commemorating the anniversary of the October 12, 1944 liberation of Athens from the German Nazi occupation forces during WWII hosted by the Athenians' Society of NY. Julie's program will include well known songs of the WWII era and songs that were written about the occupation and that celebrate the liberation of Athens on Oct. 12, 1944. The program includes patriotic songs originally sung by Sophia Vembo and by Theodorakis, Leondis, Mavroudis and Tsitsanis, among other prominent songwriters. She is accompanied by Spiros Cardamis, piano/synths and Mike Stoupakis, bouzouki.

The program, hosted by the Athenians' Society of NY, includes keynote speaker Andreas Karras of CUNY and rare, short historic documentary videos. There will be a reception after the program. Admission is free. For more information call: 203-268-3327 or email: atheniansocietyny@gmail.com.


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Saturday,
October 28, 2018
pm

The PanCyprian Association
and Leonidas Zoizides present:
OXI Day celebration



Stathakion Cultural Center

22-51 29th Street
Astoria, NY 11105

Soprano Julie Ziavras will join Ionas Artemou in a special presentation of patriotic songs accompanied by Glafkos Kontemeniotis, piano. The event commemorates OXI Day, the day Greece said "No" and refused to surrender to the Nazis, which is a Greek national holiday celebrated every year on October 28 in Cyprus. The event is presented by Leonidas Loizides and the PanCyprian Association of America and is FREE admission.

More information to come.


2017
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Thursday,
September 7, 2017
7:00 pm
(doors open at 6:00)


EMBCA presents:
Hellenic Rebetika and Turkish Music Concert


St. Peter's Church at Citicorp Center
619 Lexington Ave at 54th St.
New York, NY 10022

A unique concert of musical bridge building with the Turkish International Musical Ensemble sharing the stage with the Hellenic Rebetika Ensemble, an authentic Greek rebetika ensemble led by Julie Ziavras vocalist/musical director. Rebetika, the urban blues of Greece, is a synthesis of Greek traditional music and Turkish Asia Minor cafe music whose emblematic instrument is the bouzouki.

The Hellenic Rebetika Ensemble will include Musical Director Julie Ziavras (vocals, guitar), Kostas Psarros (bouzouki/vocals), Mavrothis Kontanis (oud/vocals), Costas Baltazanis (guitar), Megan Gould (violin) and Steve Vavagiakis (hand percussion).

The Turkish and International Music Ensemble, Inc. (TIME) is led by Nedim Katgi, Musical/Artistic Director and pianist. It includes instrumentalists Jenap Jon Turk (violin), Hakan Inan (oud), Mustafa Demirci (kanoon), Sal Mamudoski (clariner), Senol Kucuk (darbuka) and a chorus.

The concert is sponsored by EMBCA, The Eastern Mediterranean Business Cultural Alliance (embca.com), whose mission is to promote the professional business, educational, artistic and cultural interests of Eastern Mediterranean Americans in association with The Turkish American Chamber of Commerce & Industry (TACCI).

Tickets $20, available at the door or online at http://embca.com/event/rembetika-turkish-music-concert/. A Chamber of Commerce sponsored artist reception with refreshments to follow concert.


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Tuesday,
September 12, 2017
7:00 pm


Athens Square Greek Summer Concert Series presents:
Julie Ziavras


Athens Square Park
30th Ave bet. 29 & 30th St.
Astoria, NY

Julie Ziavras will perform a program of Greek songs accompanying herself on guitar and joined by Kostas Psarros on bouzouki, with a special guest appearance by Leonidas Tsantiris on violin and Susan Tsantiris on keyboards, specialists in traditional Greek dance music.

"A stunning vocalist fluent in the Greek musical tradition", soprano Julie Ziavras presents a program capturing the lyric beauty and expressiveness of classic Greek popular song, ranging from the plaintive to the highly spirited and rhythmic. Accompanying herself on guitar, the program will include songs by renowned Greek songwriters including Hadjidakis, Theodorakis, Tsitsanis, Hiotis, rembetika (Greek blues) and traditional folk songs.

"A stunning vocalist fluent in the Greek musical tradition", soprano Julie Ziavras presents a program capturing the lyric beauty and expressiveness of classic Greek popular song, ranging from the plaintive to the highly spirited and rhythmic. Accompanying herself on guitar, the program will include songs by renowned Greek songwriters including Hadjidakis, Theodorakis, Tsitsanis, Hiotis, rembetika (Greek blues) and traditional folk songs.

This outdoor concert is free and open to the public. It is set in an outdoor amphitheater created in the ancient Greek style with statues of the Greek philosopeher Socrates and the goddess Athena, giving the park a Hellenic ambience. This is a family community event sponsored by the non-profit Athenians' Society of NY in collaboration with the Athens Square Park Executive Board.

For more information, call: 212-639-9675. Come early and bring your own folding chair to be assured a seat.



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Saturday,
September 23, 2017
3:00 pm


Julie Ziavras performs at the Alexander the Great Theater
amphitheater


University of Connecticut
Storrs Campus
28 Dog Lane
Storrs, CT 06268

Soprano Julie Ziavras will perform for the ceremony to celebrate of the opening of the Spartan Museum at the outdoor ancient style amphitheater The Alexander the Great Theater located at the main campus of the University of Connecticut. Afterwards she will perform Greek songs for the fundraising dinner dance reception held by the Pan-Laconian Society at the neighboring Center for Hellenic Studies "Paideia" of the University of Connecticut. She will accompany herself on guitar, joined by Kostas Psarros, bouzouki and Spiros Cardamis, keyboards.

Julie's musical presentation for the ceremony will include works by the prominent Spartan composer Alekos Panayiotopoulos and a song written to the poetry of the great Spartan poet Nikiforos Vrettakos. The performance will take place at the Alexander the Great Theater, an all marble Classical styled outdoor amphitheatre that was recently completed with seats for over 700 spectators. It is the first authentic classical styled open air theater in America and is a depiction of the Ancient Greek theater of Epidavros with the orchestra, a two-story stage and a colonnade. The event will be attended by the archbishop and many dignitaries from Greece.

For the dinner dance reception hosted by the Pan-Laconian Society, Julie will be joined by Spiros Cardamis on keyboard and Kostas Psarros, bouzouki to present Greek music from the region.

The Hellenic Society "Paideia" is a non profit organization dedicated to educating students of all ages about the Hellenic Language and Culture. "Paideia" is the Greek word incorporating all the ideals of Classical Greece; education, instruction, discipline, culture, ideas, and citizenship. The "Paideia" Center features the Macedonia Educational Building, the Three Hieratchs Chapel and the Alexander the Great Theatre. The Macedonia Educational Building was opened in 1997 and includes multiple classrooms, several offices, student meeting rooms, a community hall, a library and an exhibit hall. The curriculum offers Greek language, culture and history with courses on Modern and Ancient Greek and Byzantine Language, History, Dance, Culinary Arts and study abroad programs to various locations in Greece throughout the year. Opened in 1995, the Three Hieratchs Chapel is the first and only Greek Orthodox Chapel inside an American State University and is built in authentic Byzantine order with its interior done by iconographers and mosaic artists from Greece.

The new Spartan Museum will emphasize the history and contributions of the Spartans and greater Laconian Region. It will feature a valuable collection of paintings, a newly commissioned statue of Leonidas and a bass relief depicting the Battle of Thermopolae.

Call Paideia at 860-429-8518.
More information to come.


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Sunday,
October 1, 2017
5:00- 7:00 pm


"Anna Paidousi: 40 Years of Music and Friendship"


Kefalos Society
20-41 Steinway Street
Astoria, NY 11105

ulie Ziavras will join a lineup of prominent Greek American singers and musicians to celebrate Anna Paidoussi's 40 year performing career. Performers to include vocalists Anna Paidousi, Grigoris Maninakis and Serafim Lazos with Richard Bennett, piano, Areti Giovanou, piano, Diamantis Tziovas, piano, Kostas Psarros, bouzouki, George Sempepos, guitar & baglama, George Stathos, clarinet & dervisi, Paula Jeannine Bennett, percussion, Peter Basile Bogdanos, percussion, presenting Elena Toumara and additional guests. We will perform individually and as ensembles.

Tickets are $25 and available at the door. This will prove to be an exciting evening of fine music, musicianship and comradery.



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Sunday,
October 28, 2018
12:30 pm


OXI Day Celebration
Julie Ziavras, soloist



Stathakion Cultural Center

22-51 29th Street
Astoria, NY 11105

Soprano Julie Ziavras and tenor Ionas Artemou are accompanied by Glafkos Kontemeniotis, pianist, in a presentation of songs commemorating OXI Day. As special guest soloists, they will perform patriotic songs from the WWII era, music by Theodorakis and others and a duet written by Ionas Artemou called "Romiosini."

This event presented by the Federation of Hellenic Societies of Greater NY begins at 10:00 am at St. Catherine & George Orthodox Church (2230 33rd St, Astoria, NY) with the Doxology and Artoklasia. At 11:30 am a small Greek parade will head towards Stathakion Cultural Center where the celebration continues. At 12:30 the performances include traditional dancing with authentic costumes by the the Greek American Folklore Society, a musical presentation by the Theatrical Group of the Pancyprian Association directed by Leonidas Loizides and solo musical performances by Julie Ziavras and Ionas Artemou accompanied by Glafkos Kontemeniotis.

This
OXI Day celebration commemorates the day Greece said "No" and refused the Nazis ultimatum to surrender on October 28, 1940. Greeks are very proud of the pivotal role Greece played during WWII by defeating Italian dictator Benito Mousolini in the first Allied victory of WWII. OXI Day is a Greek National holiday celebrated every year on October 28. "Hence you will not say that Greeks fight like heroes, but that heroes fight like Greeks" (Winston Churchill) " Greece has set the example which every one of us must follow until the despoilers of freedom everywhere have been brought to their just doom." (F.D. Roosevelt)

ADMISSION IS FREE and open to the public. The performances are followed by a food and beverage reception. This event will be well attended with many dignitaries, including ambassadors and consulates in attendance, so early seating is advised.



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