CULTURE

Dalaras and Hadziyiannis join forces at Athens Concert Hall

At a recent press conference held at the Museum of Cycladic Art held by George Dalaras and Michalis Hadziyiannis for their forthcoming joint shows at the Athens Concert Hall on June 9 and 10, the two singers hinted at a possible future collaboration. «If the show is good, feel free to ask us and we will take it further,» said Dalaras half-jokingly when asked what would happen after their shows. Minutes earlier, Dalaras had praised the qualities of the young, popular Greek-Cypriot vocalist. The proceeds from the concerts will go toward the Museum of Cycladic Art’s educational programs and tickets are nearly sold out, as is usually the case when Greek vocalists give a limited number of shows at the Athens Concert Hall. The program, which will last two hours, will be full of surprises, since it is mostly based on duets by the two artists. Without a doubt, Dalaras’s contribution to songs we first heard from Hadziyiannis will be the highlight of the show. As for the rest of the program, the selection of songs varies widely and includes compositions by Mikis Theodorakis, Manos Hadjidakis, Manos Loizos, Dimos Moutsis and others. The two singers will only perform three or four songs by themselves and most of the show will consist of duets. The show will also include some of their favorite or classic songs especially adapted for these two concerts. The songs have been orchestrated by Costas Ganosselis, Dalaras, Hadziyiannis and Solon Apostolakis. Dalaras sang Hadziyiannis’s praises and described him as something special in Greek singing who has a bright future. He added that watching Hadziyiannis’s situation reminded him of his own attitude when he was starting his career, years ago. Hadziyiannis was polite and laconic: «The differences are bridged,» he said meaningfully. Athens Concert Hall, 1 Kokkali & Vas. Sofias, tel 210.728.2000. For reservations call 210.728.2150 or log on to www.megaron.gr.