CULTURE

Songs as stories help those who help children

Following the closing of the Athens Paralympic Games today, a very different type of concert will be taking place at the Herod Atticus Theater on Thursday at 8.30 p.m. High-caliber Greek singer Alkistis Protopsalti – one of the singers featured in the last part of the August 29 closing ceremony of the Athens Olympic Games – will be accompanied by the Kremlin Presidential Symphony Orchestra (conducted by Pavel Ovseanykov), the Fons Musicalis Choir, special guest pianist Stefanos Korkolis and the performer’s regular rock band, in a concert titled «Tales of a Voice.» The event is organized by and in aid of the Together for the Children Union of Charities and all proceeds will be used in support of the charities’ programs. The program consists of a selection of songs, including compositions by Greek and foreign artists such as Andrew Lloyd Webber, Goran Bregovic, Manos Hadjidakis, Thanos Mikroutsikos and Stamatis Kraounakis, as well as songs that are part of Protopsalti’s standard repertory. The program for this concert was conceived three years ago for a show at the Athens Concert Hall and has since been successfully released on CD and DVD. The sequence of the songs and the manner in which they are performed have a theatrical feel and compose a fairy tale of their own, dedicated to children. Organizers on Saturday said that tickets – priced from 30 to 150 euros – are running out fast. Herod Atticus Theater, Dionysiou Areopagitou pedestrian road, Acropolis, tel 210.928.2900. Starts at 8.30 p.m. Tickets are available at the Hellenic Festival Box Office (39 Panepistimiou, tel 210.928.2900) and from the theater itself.