Power Center For The Performing Arts Ann Arbor, Michigan
THE UNIVERSITY MUSICAL SOCIETY OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
Kalidoskopio of Greece
Artistic Director, Conductor, Saxophone Soloist
George Alexiades, Special Dancer and Master of Ceremonies
Popular Singers: Natasha Marini, Ioannis Dimitras, Kleopatra Labrinou
Popular Singers and Dancers: Maria Papanikolaou, Tolis Velonakis Yannis Bithikotsis, Bouzouki Soloist Maria Kalaitzi, Wardrobe Mistress
Sunday Evening, October 6, 1985, at 8:00
Power Center for the Performing Arts
Ann Arbor, Michigan
The Katsaros Television Bouzouki Orchestra of Athens Yannis Bithikotsis, Bouzouki Soloist, and Entire Company
Ki'omos, Ki'omos (Although)......................... Music: George Hadjinasios
Lyrics: S. Tsotou Natasha Marini Ioannis Dimitras Kleopatra Labrinou Maria Papanikolaou
We arejust like two kids. We love each other and yet... we fight. We build dreams and we tear them down. But we'll find the solution still. We are grown up, we're not kids anymore . . . there is still hope for us.
Tine Afto Pou To Lene Agape................................. Music: T. Morakis
Kleopatra Labrinou Popular theme song of the movie The Dolphin, sung in Greek by star Sophia Loren.
Krasi Thalassa Kai T'Agori Mou.............................. Music: G. Katsaros
Lyrics: Pythagoras Kleopatra Labrinou
I wander around Athens. I don't care what I see, who I meet. As long as I have wine, the ocean, and the man I love.
Odos Oniron (Dreams Street)............................Music: Manos Hadjidakis
Ioannis Dimitras Natasha Marini Kleopatra Labrinou Maria Papanikolaou Every garden has a nest for the birds. On every street is a heart beating for men. But what are
you, my lady, thinking of at dawn, watching stars fall
Thalassographia......................................... Music: D. Savopoulos
Giorgos Katsaros, Saxophone Soloist
Thirty-first Concert of the 107th Season Fifteenth Annual Choice Series
Dances of Thrace and Macedonia
Tapinos -(The word means humble). A slow ceremonial dance accompanied by singing.
The theme of the song is symbolic -war or peace and love
Lianohortarotidia -A mountain peasant line dance for girls and boys.
Karsilamas-A flirtatious couple dance from the northern mountains.
Kori Eleni -A dance from Macedonia (northern Greece), danced by women only.
Gaida -From western Macedonia, this dance occasionally includes women. The dance's name
comes from the traditional instrument Gaida Poy, which is extant.
I Kambanes (The Bells)................................ Musk: Mikis Theodorakis
Lyrics: Yannis Ritsos (from the collection Romiosini)
With so many leaves the sun bids you "good morning." The sky shines with so many stars. Hush! Any moment now the bells will toll.
Pos Na Se Xehaso (How Can I Forget You).................... Music: G. Katsaros
Ioannis Dimitras Kleopatras Labrinou
Two lovers part. The man, however, cannot forget his lover and finds her presence everywhere: In a song you are the lyrics, in a rain you arc the sadness; In the bells you are the sound, the soul in the books . . . I feel your presence in everything around me ... I cannot forget you.
Ime Attos Horis Ftera (I Am an Eagle Without Wings).......... Music: M. Hadjidakis
Ioannis Dimitras Tolis Velonakis
A young man is dancing. He identifies himself with an eagle whose wings were cut ofFby the hand of his beloved so that he could not fly off to escape. Now he is left without wings to wander about on the ground, without wings, without love and joy.
0 Mythos (Myth)......................................... Music: M. Hadjidakis
Natasha Marini Ioannis Dimitras Klcopatra Labrinou Maria Papanikolaou
I'll tell you a myth, a myth we learned when we were kids. There once was a man who set out to
live alone on the mountains. He spent his life there hunting and never came back to the village. All
this he did out of hatred of women. Then another one replies, saying that he has another talc to tell,
the tale of a young man who lived alone without house or joy. He hated men, but women . . .
1 believe, he loved them all.
Ballos-A light, cheerful, courting dance for couples.
Tsirigo -A "Syrtos" dance from the island of Kithyra, named after the capital of the island,
The Eleni Tsaouli Hellenic Folk Dance Group and Musicians
Piso Atto Tis Kalamies (Behind the Reeds)...................... Music: G. Katsaros
A song about the dream of a young girl who saw herself in her sleep, sitting behind the reeds with her lover. He was holding her in his arms, kissing her, whispering all those nice words . . . but then she woke up and thought to herself, "if only those moments behind the reeds could ever come true!"
Den Ine Pou Den S'Agapo...................................Music: Kostas Hadjis
(It's Not That I Don't Love You) Lyrics: Liana Vitsori
When you see me sad, it's not that I don't love you. It's just that I am thinking of all those other people . . . those unhappy people ... the sick kids ... the people without heart. But our love is great!
Mama Mou Kripse To Spathi................................. Music: G. Katsaros
(Mother, Hide the Sword) (excerpt from the complete work Albania)
Natasha Marini Ioannis Dimitras Kleopatra Labrinou Maria Papanikolaou After the Greco-Italian war in 1940, Greece was under Nazi occupation. A young man tells his mother to hide his sword and his gun, because the moment will come when the Greeks will rise.
Agapi Mou, Agapi Mou (My Love, My Love)................... Music: G. Katsaros
The Katsaros Television Bouzouki Orchestra of Athens Giorgos Katsaros, Saxophone Soloist
Dances from Epirus, Peloponese, and Thessalia
Kojios-It has taken its name from the sudden stop or cut (kofts meaning something that is cut,
or abrupt) of the melody and the rhythm.
Vassilikos and Fissouni-An "antikrystos" (face to face) dance in 98 time.
Tsamikos -A predominantly male dance from central and southern continental Greece. It
symbolizes the strength and heroic bravery of the Greeks.
Kalamatianos -Although this dance comes from the region of Kalamata in the Southern
Peloponese, it is danced all through Greece, and for that reason it is also called Panhcllenic. Its
rhythm is in 78 time.
The Katsaros Television Bouzouki Orchestra of Athens Yannis Bithikotsis, Bouzouki Soloist
O Dromos (The Street).................................... Music: Manos Loizos
Lyrics: K. Mitropoulos Ioannis Dimitras Natasha Marini Kleopatra Labrinou Maria Papanikolaou
A street full of people, traffic, shops, and houses. During the German occupation someone wrote on a wall of this street the word Freedom. They said that it had been written by kids. Time passed, the years rolled by, one after another, the street and its history were forgotten. On the same wall it is now written: "Materials of all kinds -second hand objects sold here."
Three Selections ofGiorgos Katsaros -Part I
O Epipoleos (The Frivolous).................................. Lyrics: Pythagoras
Why are you sad, my girl I love you, you know that. I am a good man ... a little spoiled, I know. You call me superficial and mindless because I run around with many girls . . . because I get drunk and stay out all night. Well, I can't change the way I am. I love you . . . yes. But that's the way I was, that's the way I am, and that's the way I'm gonna be!
0 Stamoulis O Lohias (Sergeant Stamoulis)..................... Lyrics: Pythagoras
Two very old men meet on the street. They haven't seen each other for many years. They had fought together in Albania in 1940. They were young then, and in those days, even when they both got wounded, they still went on fighting for freedom. Now after so many years have passed by, they had a hard time recognizing each other! Sergeant Stamoulis, how much has time changed us!
Nikoli, Nikoli (Nicholas, Nicholas).................... Lyrics: Ilias Lymperopoulos
Natasha Marini Ioannis Dimitras Kleopatra Labrinou
Giorgos Katsaros, Saxophone Soloist
Captain Nikolis hasjust come back from a long voyage. He meets his friends and they all ask him what is the price of a kiss in East and West. He answers then that in Athens it is cheap indeed, but in Crete and Mani you pay for it with a marriage wreath. (Crete and Mani are two regions of Greece where the customs still hold, and girls are very much tied to their families.)
Dances from Crete
Kastritws -A fast dance allowing the dancers to show their grace and virtuosity. Pentozalis -The most typical dance of Crete, originally a warriors' dance. With very rapid steps and great jumps and skips, the dancers express the proud bearing of the Cretan people.
Selections ofGiorgos Katsaros -Part II
Kathe Limani Kai Katmos (Every Port Is a Yearning)............. Lyrics: Pythagoras
(A song dedicated to all the sailors of the world)
Life is just like an endless, vast sea, and we are the captains sailing on its waters. Those who die young are lucky indeed.
In every harbor another pain ... in every pain another tear . . . and the life of each one of us is just a sea, a vast endless sea!
1 Kyra Giorgena (George's wife)............................... Lyrics: Pythagoras
Natasha Marini Ioannis Dimitras Kleopatra Labrinou
Giorgos Katsaros, Saxophone Soloist
Kyra Giorgena (George's wife) is sure that every night when her husband leaves the house he goes to work. Her friends tease her, however, singing that George is a cunning rascal and "don't you believe what he tells you." After eleven o'clock every night, George goes around looking for a good time.
Old popular songs (one could call them urban blues) sung by simple folk, people belonging in general to the lower working class. They arc called Rembetes.
Popular Tavern Folk Dances Hassapikos Zeimbekikos
Tsifietdli -A popular cabaret dance derived from the classic belly dance as influenced from Asia Minor.
Table Dance -George Alexiades, Special Dancer Hassaposervikos
Entire Cast Finale
Ta Kithira.................................................. Music: G. Katsaros
About the Artists
Giorgos Katsaros' Kalidoskopio of Greece reflects the complete picture of Greek entertain?ment: the traditional Greek folk music and dancing and the contemporary music and dance of the tavernas, nightclubs, wine festivals, and outdoor pavilions. Giorgos Katsaros is a multi-talented musician, composer, and television personality well-known to Greek audiences. Since 1959 he has led his own orchestra, which is regularly featured on Greek television and the Athens nightclub circuit, with many of the country's leading entertainers and celebrities. As a composer, Katsaros is the source of a remarkable outpouring of 1,000 songs, recorded by famous Greek entertainers and international artists. His songs have won prizes at international song festivals held in Brussels, Malta, Rio de Janiero, and Sopot, Poland. He has also composed the scores for over 70 Greek movies and 59 theatrical plays, all seen in the largest cinemas and theaters of Athens. Born on the island of Corfu, Giorgos Katsaros began his musical studies there and finished his education at the Athens Con?servatory and the Conservatory Helliniko. He has been President of the Greek Composers-Lyricists Association and is a member of the Greek Songwriters Association. He plays the saxophone, piano, and violin, among other instruments.
The Eleni Tsaouli Folk Dance Ensemble was founded in 1954 by Eleni Tsaouli, to increase awareness of, and bring renewed interest to, the traditional folk dances of Greece. Remaining close to the roots and traditions of the Greek people, she relied on the unique ancestral cultures, handed down from generation to generation, in the various regions of Greece. The Ensemble dances extensively throughout Greece and has made international appearances in North America, France, Albania, Scandinavia, Kuwait, Italy, and West Germany. It has also performed on West German television and at international folk festivals in Holland, Belgium, Italy, Tunisia, and Syria. In addition, the dancers have been seen in Greek films, plays, and television programs. Eleni Tsaouli (1928-1958) was born in Athens and graduated with highest honors from the Greek Odeon, completing studies in classical ballet, rhythmic exercise, and folk dancing. Living close to the Greek people during her lifetime, she believed that this heritage should be an integral part of the Greek culture. Today, the dance company bearing her name makes her dream a reality.
THE ELENI TSAOULI FOLK DANCE ENSEMBLE Plousia Liakata, Director
Anastasia Katsori Chariklia Papa Barbara Siomou Olga Pappa Athina Siokou Marina Dede Maria Dimakopoulou
Constadinos Vagelidis Efstathios Nikolopoulos Ioannis Papaioannou George Manolas Dimitrios Valmas Gcrasimos Stavrakas Dimitrios Alexakis
Vasilios Karadamis, Violin Evagalos Pytharoulis, Lute (lyra-laouto)
Kyriakos Kostoulas, Clarinet Nikolaos Pliakas, Percussion (toubaki-daouli)
THE KATSAROS TELEVISION BOUZOUKI ORCHESTRA OF ATHENS
Nikolaos Karahalios Evdokimos Vasilas Spyros Livieratos Panagiotis Georgotas Stavros Giakoumakis Anastassios Liveris
Giorgos Katsaros' Kalidoskopio of Greece is under the patronage and sponsorship of the Greek Ministry of Culture, Melina Mercouri, Minister; the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Carolos Papoulias, Minister; and the General Secretariat for the Greeks Abroad.