The Story of Princess Anna Porphyrogenita runs June 24-26 in Astoria. Photo: Courtesy of Vassilios "Billy" Chrissochos
ASTORIA – The Story of Princess Anna Porphyrogenita, a Porphyra Foundation musical inspired by Penelope Delta’s Byzantine Epics and presented with St. Demetrios Preparatory School, June 24-26 at the Petros G. Patrides Cultural Center, 30-03 30th Drive in Astoria.
Set in the year 988 AD, the Heroic Age of Basil II Emperor of Byzantium, the story chronicles Basil’s sister Princess Anna Porphyrogenita and her world-rocking marriage to Grand Prince Vladimir. The show also explores Penelope Delta’s incredible world, as envisioned by the great author, of Emperor Basil II’s Byzantine Greek Macedonian Renaissance, his struggles, victories, and aspirations for his people and family.
The show has premiered at Carnegie Hall and Off-Broadway. A musical in the Rock Opera genre, it features Rock Guitars and Greek ethnic instruments such as the Tzoura, the Pontian Lyra, and Greek Percussion (Daouli and Dumberleki). School dancers, actors, a Greek Children’s Choir, and Greek folk numbers from the school dance groups are also part of the show. The Greek American Folklore Society (GAFS) is also participating, and many more surprises are in store. The show is open to all ages.
There is also a special tribute to Electric Guitar pioneer, Epaminondas (“Epi”) Stathopoulos, of Epiphone guitar fame and the Zildjian Cymbal making family.
Most importantly, this is a Fundraiser for St. Demetrios Preparatory School and all its wonderful music, art, and dance programs, so everyone is encouraged to attend and bring their family and friends.
The show is running for a full weekend with three performances- Friday, June 24, and Saturday, June 25, 7 PM, and Sunday, June 26, 5 PM.
PHILADELPHIA – The Federation of Hellenic Societies of Philadelphia and Greater Delaware Valley announced that the Evzones, the Presidential Guard of Greece will be participating in the Philadelphia Greek Independence Day Parade on March 20.
O oceanic you sing and sail
White on your body and yellow on your chimeneas
For you're tired of the filthy waters of the harbors
You who loved the distant Sporades
You who lifted the tallest flags
You who sail clear through the most dangerous caves
Hail to you who let yourself be charmed by the sirens
Hail to you for never having been afraid of the Symplegades
What traveler has not been fascinated by the Greek islands, drawn by the Sirens’ song of a traveler’s dreams?
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