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A Celebration of Life: Concert for Claudia
Julie Ziavras, solist

Saturday, March 31, Newburgh, NY

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March 31, 2019
3:00 pm

Celebration of Life:
A Concert for Claudia

Union Presbyterian Church

44 Old Balmville Rd.
Newburgh, NY 12550

Julie Ziavras will join a cast of six opera singers celebrating the life of the late soprano Claudia Cummings, who has had a lasting impact on the classical music scene of the Hudson Valley.

In her 25 year operatic career, Claudia Cummings had appeared all over the world singing lead operatic roles, including with the NY City Opera, San Francisco Opera and Chicago Lyric Opera. After moving to the Hudson Valley in 1979, she produced numerous concerts throughout the region as the Co-Producing Director of the Festival Theater of New York with her husband, the eminent Shakespearean actor Jack Aranson. She also was the Founder and Artistic Director of the Opera Company of the Highlands (OCH) and Conductor of the Newburgh Symphonic Chorale. Mount Saint Mary College conferred upon her the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters.

Julie performed in numerous concerts and operas that she directed, including principle roles in her OCH productions of The Marriage of Figaro, Die Fledermaus, Hansel & Gretel and Showboat. This concert is being organized by two of her colleagues from OCH Terri Vargas and Rose Wolvek.

For this Celebration, Julie will join the following principal singers of OCH singing arias and ensembles from operas that Claudia directed; Lori-Brown Mirabel, Jeremy Moore, Vira Slywotzky, Jabob Feldman and Rebecca Gordon, with piano accompanist Ryan Kennedy. There will be a showing of selections from Claudia's superb PBS performance of Lucia Di Lammermoor. Claudia's DVDs will be on sale for $15.

All the proceeds and donations from this concert will be given to the Alzheimers Foundation and "The Mount Scholarship Fund" in Claudia's name. A reception in Fellowship Hall will follow the concert. For more information, contact Terri Vargas, Chairman at or call 845-565-6366


May 5, 2019
4:00 pm

Great Music of the Hudson Valley series presents:
"An Afternoon with Ken and Julie"

Unitarian Universalist Meeting House

9 Vance Lane
New Windsor, NY 12575

Ken and Julie will present an afternoon of acoustic music accompanying themselves on guitars. Showcasing outstandingly lyrical vocals, rich harmonies and tight musicianship, their songs include originals by Ken, traditional and international folk covers.

Tickets are $20 at the door.


May 18, 2019
7:00 pm

The Mostly Opera Company
"Prince Orlofsky's Gala Party"

St. Luke's Episcopal Church

232 Wyoming Ave
Scranton, PA 18510

Soprano Julie Ziavras will join the cast of Mostly Opera in a program of Act 2 of Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss which features a big gala party in which the cast will perform opera and musical theater as part of the celebration. The orchestral ensemble is led by Music Director Linda Houck at the piano with Artistic Direction by Helene Tinsley.

Tickets $20 for adults and $10 for students and are available at the door. Free parking. For additional information visit, email: mostlyoperasings@gmail or call: 570-702-4356.

Fall 2018

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

Athenians' Society of NY
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:


October 27, 2018
6:00 pm

The Mostly Opera Company
"An Odd Couple":
The music of
Sondheim & Webber

Scranton Hilton

100 Adams Ave
Scranton, PA 18510

Soprano Julie Ziavras will join the cast of The Mostly Opera Company for their annual dinner theater performance entitled "An Odd Couple", celebrating the music of Steven Sondheim & Andrew Lloyd Webber. Two of the most famous composers of Broadway, these two greats have written over 50 shows, an "odd coupling" variety of very different styles. The program is accompanied by an instrumental ensemble led by Music Director Linda Houck at the piano.

Featured is music from Evita, Cats, Sweeney Todd, A Little Night Music, Sunset Boulevard, Follies, Company, Jesus Christ Superstar, Into the Woods, Phantom of the Opera and more, with a special guest appearance by the dancers of the Scranton Civic Ballet. Julie's solos are "Don't Cry for me Argentina" from Webber's Evita and Sondheim's "Ladies who Lunch" from Company.

The dinner theater begins with a cash bar cocktail hour at 6:00 pm followed by the full course dinner and the show in the ballroom at 7:00 pm.  Tickets are $65 for dinner and the show. Mostly Opera’s dinner cabarets are always very popular and well attended events, so if you are interested in coming, you are encouraged to make a reservation. Call: 570-702-4356 or send a check to: Mostly Opera, P.O. Box 20044, Scranton, PA 18503.


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.

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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