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When Greeks talk about THE diva of Greek music, there can be no mistake that they are talking about legendary singer Marinella.  But for most visitors to Athens, the only chance one has to see her live is to venture out, in the wee hours of the night and early morning, to one of the lavish and expensive bouzoukia clubs along or just off Pireos Street or Syggrou Blvd or, for summer visitors, to head out to the clubs along the coast.  While it is certainly an experience to have a night out at one of these clubs, they aren’t for the faint of heart, the cigarette smoke intolerent or the budget friendly traveler. So visitors to Athens this October are in for a very special treat:  Marinella will perform at the theater under the Acropolis, the Herodion, performing the music of Cypriot composer Giorgos Theofanous’ “I sing for my island”. The music and songs are based on a collection of ancient, Byzantine and modern Cypriot literative, to which Theofanous has composed the score.

If you’re reading about this concert too late, we did attend and though videographers we are not, it was a beautiful night. The sky was completely clear, a bright half moon lit the theater as the lights went low, and a beautiful young girl, with an equally beautiful voice, appeared centerstage, under the arches of the ancient theater, and opened the show with the title song, I Sing for my Island, as giant screens on either side seemed to flow with the waters of the sea surrounding Cyprus and water nymphs, illuminated with glowing crowns danced on the stage before her. I was struck by the awesome staging of the concert, the dancers, and the sound of this little girls voice. There seemed to be no programs, so I still don’t know who she is, but by the time the title song was reprised as the show’s closing number I was sure that we will hear much more from this young singer in the future. Here’s a bit of her finale, as she, Gaitanos, Remos and Marinella, along with the rest of the cast, close the show.

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If you aren’t familiar with Marinella’s voice, you can have a listen to Greece’s grand lady of song sing other genres here.

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Those who aren’t in Athens on October 7 or 8 can look into one of those clubs – Marinella will be performing, along with Yannis Parios beginning October 23 at Diogenis Studio, Leoforos Syggrou 259 & Amfitheas, in Athens.

By Athensguide

How does a little girl from Skokie, Illinois find herself in historical Athens, leading curious explorers through the winding streets of Plaka, down "pezodromos" to hidden ouzeries for tempting mezedhes and homemade barrel wine? The journey began more than twenty years ago, and regardless of whether the wanderlust comes from the spiritual and culture DNA flowing through my veins, or the alignment of the stars on that cold mid-December day this Sagitterian came into the world, I never seem to tire of exploring my adopted homeland of Greece. Here you'll join me as I explore Athens: be it the back streets of Psirri and Gazi, or through the National Gardens and Zappeio where a family of turtles makes their home, or down wide, treelined Imittou Street in Pagrati, which pulses with Athenian life 24 hours a day. And while Athens has stolen my heart, the rest of Greece vies for my curiousity and wanderlust. My two guys (that'd be the Greek God, Vasilis and our Greek dog, Scruffy) and I can often be found settling in for a long weekend in some charming mountain village, or a quaint fishing port on a nearby island, or learning how Greek vitners are producing wines that rival some of Napa Valley's finests productions, or celebrating a panayeri in Epirus or sharing in the festivities as a family of Cretan sheepherders come together to sheer their 1500 sheep in the spring ... And if you happen to find yourself heading to Athens, consider finding yourself a real home for your stay. Living amongst the locals, be it for 3 nights or 3 weeks, will offer you the chance to experience true Athens, beyond the Acropolis. Choose from one of our 5 beautiful penthouse and historical homes, and who knows, I may be leading you down that winding "pezodromo" to our favorite hidden ouzerie!

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3 thoughts on “Marinella, Remos and Gaitanos Perform at the Herodion – Oct 7 – 8, 2008”
  1. it’s an excelent show! i’m from romania and i don’t understand the texts, but the music, the coregrafy and all the show it’s fantastic! i understand the message only by the projections and by the dance. music is special and the singers are great! marinella special is a fantastic voice. i bought a lot of her cd and now, when i am back in my country i listen her with passion… i’m waiting to hear she with parios at diogenis studiou. can tell me somebody the shedule of the concerts, because i must take a fly and reserve the hotel (and tickets for show, too)? write me on please!
    congratulations for the show, again, and all the best from bucharest – romania!

  2. Diogenis Studio opens October 23, 2008. They have shows Thursday to Sunday. You don’t need tickets, but you can expect to pay €180 to €195 for a bottle of liquor, €100 for a bottle of wine (for 2 people) or €20 for a drink at the bar. Although I’m certain that they perform every weekend, I would double check with Diogenis Studio once you decide on your exact dates … just to be sure. Their number is +30 210/94.25.754.

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