Melina Aslanidou and Manolis Karantinis in a memorable performance
Photo: ETA Press
- Elena Maroulleti (left), Melina Aslanidou
, Vangelis Douvalis, Manolis Karantinis (left seated) and Mampre Kasardjiann
In a beautiful setting and against a backdrop of images of Bithikotsis and Moscholiou, Greek singing sensation Melina Aslanidou gave a captivating performance accompanied by her talented musicians and singer Vangelis Douvalis.
From beginning to end people were fully engaged singing and clapping along and kept rewarding the performers with non-stop applause and cheers.Apart from the memorable performance of Melina Aslanidou
, Vangelis Douvalis and Manolis Karantinis, the crowd was equally enthused with the members of the band, as they also had their exceptional moments, especially during their solos.
Then followed an encore performance with Melina Aslanidou
who truly brought the house down as soon as she
sung the first note of her
own hit "Ti Soukana Ke Pinis" (What Have I Done To You And You Are Drinking) and thereafter the hit "To Lathos" (The Mistake).
A printed program was also distributed for free which apart from vital biographical and background information, it also includes every year a Prologue by a renowned personality from Greece.
The Prologue for this concert was given by the world renowned composer and bouzouki player Christos Nikolopoulos who refers to the important contributions of Bithikotsis and Moscholiou to Greece through their songs, as well as to the important presence of Melina Aslanidou in the Greek music scene.
And certainly, Melina
proved this during her
second outstanding performance on May 14th.
How much people loved the concert and the two featured stars, Aslanidou
was further verified as many waited patiently for them to come out after the concert in order to meet them in person and get their autographs.
Speaking to AKTINA TV's camera crew some concert goers offered comments such as, "we can't wait until next year's concert"!, "one of a kind performance, Melina, Karantinis and the band were incredible, bravo AKTINA"!
MELINA ASLANIDOU LIVE - MAY 1, 2009
Against a backdrop of videos projected on a big screen in full sequence with the live orchestra, Aslanidou
was on stage for some two and a half hours (9:05-11:25pm) reviving some of the most representative hits of Greek cinema by great Greek composers such as Theodorakis, Hadjidakis, Plessas, Xarhakos, Zambetas and others.
shared the stage with Vangelis Douvalis a new and upcoming singer whose performance won him cheers and enthusiastic applause from the audience.
The concert opened with a film excerpt from the movie "Olga My Love" and the song "Ti Sou Kana Ke Pinis" music by M. Plessas and lyrics by L. Papadopoulos which was originally performed by the legendary singer Poly Panou, however became very popular years later by Melina Aslanidou
, as the song's lyricist Lefteris Papadopoulos also verifies in his
Prologue in the concert's printed Program.
Then followed great hits and music themes from renowned and award winning movies such as "Stella
", "Never On Sunday
", "Amerika, Amerika
" , "Zorba The Greek
" among others.
In all there were songs from 24 different movies.
The most unique aspect of the entire performance was again this year the warm reception the audience preserved for the performers.
From beginning to end people were fully engaged clapping and singing along as a big back up chorus for Melina Aslanidou
and Vangelis Douvalis who truly mastered the stage with their performance but also with their pleasant and cordial personalities.
opening remarks Melina Aslanidou
thanked them for receiving her
with so much love and noted that "tonight we will step on Holy artistic grounds with songs by great composers originally performed by unforgettable great singers to which we will give our own special breath".
In expressing her most sincere thanks and appreciation to the Producer of the concert and President of AKTINA
, Elena Maroulleti, Aslanidou
urged all "to support her important mission here in New York so that these important songs which she promotes through her productions are preserved".
In response to audience's requests Melina
sang among others her
great hit "To Lathos" and concluded with the opening song of the concert "Ti Sou Kana Ke Pinis" which has been the stepping stone in her
A very beautiful printed program which was distributed to all for free included a Prologue about the lead singer Melina Aslanidou written by Lefteris Papadopoulos a renowned Greek journalist, TV host, writer and one of the most important Greek song lyricists of the last 50 years.
orchestra were simply amazing, as we all sang along to all the unforgettable songs of Greek Cinema.
I want to congratulate and thank you for last night's Greek Music Journey Concert starring Melina Aslanidou
The concert was very enjoyable.
The visual effects were wonderful, making us feel like we were going back in time being part of the original movie performances of the songs.
This was one of the best concerts I have ever seen!
I realized Melina is truly a talented singer and has to be one of the top female voices in Greek Music.
, Vangelis Douvalis and the superb Georgostathis orchestra honored the classic songs with their performances.
was spectacular as well as everyone else.
I want to take this opportunity to tell you that the concert with Melina
My familyand parea enjoyed the songs and the beautiful voice of Melina