CULTURE

Pop diva returns to Athens for charity concert at the Megaron

Singing diva Diana Ross is coming to Athens for a single concert on Monday, June 27, this time at the Athens Concert Hall, in aid of the Program against the Stigma of Mental Illness run by the University Research Institute for Mental Health, headed by Associate Professor Marina Economou-Lalioti. Ross’s appearance at this philanthropic event is no accident. In the film «Out of Darkness,» Ross plays a woman suffering from a psychological problem who manages to overcome her illness with the help of her doctors, her family and friends. The movie’s success led the US Department of Health and the non-governmental National Alliance for the Mentally Ill to use it as a means of fighting prejudice against the mentally ill. The Athens Concert Hall will be equipped with state-of-the-art sound and lighting effects. Ross will be presenting the Athenian audience with songs from her days as lead singer with the Supremes and then from her solo career that began in 1969, with major hits in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s up until today. In 1993, Ross appeared at the Herod Atticus Theater during the Athens Festival. As soon as the applause died down that night Ross rushed back to her dressing room, picked up her baby and rushed off – a mother first, a diva second.