Third Boston Byzantine Music Festival

From Constantinople through Smyrna to Piraeus: A Night of Byzantine Chant and Rebetika Songs

Date: Nov 14, 2015 Time: 8:00 PM–9:30 PM Location: First Church Cambridge Address: 11 Garden Street Cambridge, MA 02138

A night of rebetiko with Rebetoparea and Gregory Maninakis.

About The Speaker

Rebetoparea, Boston, MA

Boston-based Rebetoparea is passionate about rebetiko, a genre that expresses the musical folklore of Greek urban populations on the margins of society. The group’s repertoire includes selections of Smyrneika (Smyrna style) and Peireotika (Pireaus style) of the 1930s and laika rebetika and archontorebetika of the 1940s and 1950s. In their performances, Rebetoparea strives to maintain a balance between the original authentic feel of the music and that of today’s refined arrangements. Rebetoparea is directed by Kosmas Vrouvlianis.

Gregory Maninakis, New York, NY

Gregory Maninakis has been involved with Greek music since the mid-1970s as a member and soloist of The Greek Popular Chorus, formed in New York by the world-renowned composer Mikis Theodorakis. Mr. Maninakis has established himself as one of the major performers of traditional and contemporary Greek music. He has performed throughout the United States at some of America’s best-known venues, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and Symphony Space. He is the featured male vocalist of Aman Amerika Orchestra, which toured Greece and Europe with acclaimed performances in the summer of 1997, and on Cafe Aman Amerika: Greek-American Songs Revised and Revisited (Music World Productions, Inc., 1995). His discography includes In the Era of the Internet, The Bomb (H Mπόμπα), and most recently, One Voice & One Piano.

Holy Cross St. Romanos the Melodist Byzantine Choir, Hellenic College Holy Cross

Holy Cross St. Romanos the Melodist Byzantine Choir is a vocal ensemble of students and alumni of Hellenic College Holy Cross. It is named after the 6th-century saint Romanos the Melodist and is dedicated to performing Byzantine and post-Byzantine sacred musical works in the style created and preserved at the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Constantinople. The choir regularly performs in liturgical services as well as at concerts, conferences, lectures, fundraising events, state and national holiday celebrations, and school ceremonies. In addition to Byzantine chant, its repertoire includes Greek folk music, popular and art songs, and modern English adaptations and original settings of sacred texts. The choir is directed by Dr. Grammenos Karanos, Assistant Professor of Byzantine Liturgical Music and Protopsaltis of Holy Cross Chapel in Brookline.