Michalis Violaris delights audience at Philadelphia concert
October 31, 2019
Philadelphia - On October 4th, the Cyprus Society of Greater Philadelphia presented the legendary Cypriot singer Michalis Violaris in concert with Greek singer Andriana Kollia and the Pancyprian Choir of New York under the direction of Phyto Stratis at the Suzanne Roberts Theater. The concert included classic songs from the renowned singer's impressive repertoire. The evening began with a reception where fans had the opportunity to meet the renowned Cypriot singer famous for his hit songs sung in the Cypriot dialect. Accompanying Michalis Violaris and Andriana Kollia were the talented musicians George Salvanos on piano, Michalis Giatrakis, and daughter Maria Giatrakis, both on bouzouki. The Pancyprian Choir, along with Ellie Tsachtani on flute, joined Violaris onstage for the second part of the concert.
During the reception, the dance group of the Cyprus Society of Greater Philadelphia performed traditional dances and impressed everyone. President Georghia Kurnellas gave the opening remarks at the concert thanking all those present for their continuing support, noting that it was a real honor to have Michaelis Violaris, his musicians, and Kollia, who all traveled from Greece to perform in the concert.
During his remarks, the Pancyprian Choir Artistic and Music Director Phyto Stratis thanked the Cyprus Society of Greater Philadelphia and Michalis Violaris for inviting the Choir to perform in Philadelphia. He especially thanked PSEKA President Philip Christopher for his continued support.
The mission of the FCAO is to, preserve and promote the Hellenic Cypriot culture, heritage, principles and ideals in the United States of America through the coordination and promotion of cultural, charitable, educational, fraternal and professional activities.