The Road from Rebetiko to Mikis Theodorakis featuring the Orestis Koletsos Greek Ensemble

Sacramento, CA  |  Friday, May 4, 2018

The Hellenic Studies Program of the California State University, Sacramento and U.C. Davis invite you to a tribute concert to legendary Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis with the Orestis Koletsos Greek Ensemble, featuring Orestis Koletsos (bouzouki, vocals, arrangements), Panagiotis Papageorgiou (piano, vocals, arrangements), Giannis Karalis (guitar, vocals), and Jaime Smith (violin). The evening offers tributes to two significant checkpoints in the history of Greek Music – the road from Rebetiko to Mikis Theodorakis.

Before the concert, a screening of the short film, “A Revolution Begins,” based on the book Mikis Theodorakis, The Timeline of a Revolution, 1960-1967 by Fondas Ladis, will take place. Running time is approximately 20-minutes and contains a conversation between Theodorakis and the great Manos Hadjidakis concerning the album “Epitaphios” by Theodorakis. It has been recently published in two versions: one with Theodorakis’ arrangement and one with Hadjidakis’ arrangement.

The concert includes instrumental pieces and songs composed by Theodorakis along with songs from the Rebetiko genre. The live performance focuses on the repertoire of Theodorakis that is reminiscent of both the Greek traditional modes and rhythms and of the Rebetiko as well as songs that were created when the composer added his music to the poems of world acclaimed and Nobel Prize awarded Greek poets.

The performance takes place at the Anne E Pitzer Center, Hutchison Drive and Cushing Way in Davis, CA, May 4 at 7 p.m. Admission is free.  This musical performance is made possible by a generous grant from the Tsakopoulos Hellenic Foundation. For more information, contact Orestis Koletsos at 916-604-2273 or at, or Dr. Katerina Lagos at 916-278-7103 or at


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