CULTURE

Dimitra Galani back at Athens Concert Hall for two concerts

Although singer and composer Dimitra Galani did not seem to appreciate the words «retrospection» and «commemoration concert,» the truth is that her two upcoming shows at the Athens Concert Hall on Thursday and Friday, along with the Camerata Orchestra conducted by Alexandros Myrat, appear to shed a different light on her 35-year career. Galani’s return to the Friends of Music Hall (she was the first Greek entechno music artist to perform at the Athens Concert Hall in the early 1990s) will take place with a rich and varied program, which includes parts of her early career, with songs by composers Manos Hadjidakis, Mikis Theodorakis, Stavros Xarhakos and Vassilis Tsitsanis. Among others, she will sing Hadjidakis and Gatsos’s «Ela s’emena,» Manos Loizos and Lefteris Papadopoulos’s «A, Helidoni Mou» and Hiotis and Ikonomidis’s «Garsoni.» The second part of the concert, after the interval, will be dedicated to the latter part of her career and will consist mainly of songs written by Stamatis Kraounakis and Lina Nikolakopoulou, as well as her own works which were sung by Alkistis Protopsalti. At a recent press conference, Galani stressed the importance of the good material that she has and which enables her to read it in new ways. «I am materializing my dreams,» she said, added that the show’s program unfolds like a film. Giorgos Zachariou, responsible for the orchestration of the songs, also compared the show to a film and added that he was eagerly awaiting the result. The sets were created by Giorgos Gavalas and Eleftheria Deko is responsible for the lights. During the performances, the audience will also be able to see an audiovisual installation by Nikos Soulis. The shows are sold out; tickets ran out the day they went on sale. However, the concert will be recorded and will later be released on CD, which is some form of consolation for those who would have liked to hear Dimitra Galani live.