Mikis Theodorakis: Honorary Member of Athens AcademyMikis Theodorakis was rushed this morning to the Medical Center of Athens, Greece, where he was hospitalized with a lower respiratory tract infection.

Theodorakis had a high fever (39.8) and was quickly admitted so that the doctors could monitor his condition. According to his treating physician, Dr. Rapakoulias, the situation is under control. 

He said the patient is able to communicate and the medical staff has managed to control his fever at 37.2 degrees Celsius.

His hospitalization was deemed necessary in order for the doctors to be able to subject him to all the essential tests. Theodorakis had been hospitalized last year at the Medical Center of Athens with a respiratory infection.

Theodorakis's health has again improved and he was allowed to leave the hospital on 30 december.

 



The internationally renowned composer Mikis Theodorakis officially became an honorary member of the Athens Academy on December 3.

The president of the Academy, Spyros A. Evagelatos and the General Secretary Vasilios Petrakis will talk about the personality and the contribution of Greece’s best-known living composer at the ceremony dedicated to Mikis Theodorakis.

The ceremony was concluded with a speech given by Theodorakis on the issue “The only solution.”

TO READ THEODORAKIS' SPEECH: THE ONLY WAY

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 Mikis Theodorakis will officially become an honorary member of the Athens Academy on December 3.

The president of the Academy, Spyros A. Evagelatos and the General Secretary Vasilios Petrakis will talk about the personality and the contribution of Greece’s best-known living composer at the ceremony dedicated to Mikis Theodorakis. The ceremony will be concluded with a speech given by Theodorakis on the issue “The only solution.”

Moreover, on December 5, a concert will take place in the Municipal Theatre of Piraeus, with music and songs by Mikis Theodorakis.

Nena Venetsanou, Lakis Halkias and the 10-member Orchestra of Mikis Theodorakis will perform the most popular movies and theatrical creations of the composer, taking the audience on a journey of Greek cinema and theater.

The concert program includes, among others, songs from productions : Phaedra (1961, Jules Dassin), Electra ( 1961-62 , Michalis Cacoyannis ) , Zormpas ( 1964 Michalis Cacoyannis ) , Z ( 1969 Costa Gavras ) , Serpico ( 1973 , Sidney Lumet), Beautiful City ( 1962 , Michael Cacoyannis ), etc.

During the concert, favorite movies scenes will be shown on-screen as well as some excerpts from theatrical performances. The showcase is aimed to be a revival of his works through a combination of music, speech and images.

Theodorakis has composed for a variety of music forms, including symphonies, chamber music, cantatas, oratorios, hymns, ballets and operas as well as music for ancient and modern theater and cinema. Among his most famous work is the music for “Zorba the Greek” and the music he wrote to accompany the work of Greek poets.

(GreekReporter.com)

 

 The drums of war are beating once again in the Middle East.

 This time in Syria.

 

- I mean, we’ve already spoken about this. There has to be a war every now and then to maintain the standard of living in countries where social progress depends on exporting death. President Mitterrand once told me in confidence that if the French were not able to sell weapons, the standard of living would plummet in France. “And when we say ‘weapons’,” he added, “we mean big, fat, expensive weapons like aeroplanes, submarines, tanks, missiles and, of course, bullets – millions of bullets.”

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29 July 2013

On your 88th birthday, we wish you strength and health to fulfill your great work in favour of the Greek people.

May you be happy!

Ariel, Guy and all your friends all over the world

 

To: Mr Dimitris Papadimitriou
(former?) General Manager of ERT Radio

Attention: Mrs Eleni Papoutsaki
(former?) Director of the ERT Musical Ensembles

To the Musicians, Choristers and all other employees of the ERT Musical Ensembles department

 Dear friends,

It is with great sadness that I witness the events regarding ERT and primarily, those affecting the Musical Ensembles, a department I had the honour of serving as a General Director in the past.

During my long career as a composer as well as a conductor, and mainly, as General Director of the ERT Musical Ensembles, I know from first-hand experience that the contribution of these ensembles to the cultural and music life of this country is truly priceless.

Read more: THEODORAKIS'S LETTER TO THE ERT MUSICAL ENSEMBLES

We are proud to present this completely new, updated version of the official Mikis Theodorakis Website. It is our gift to Mikis for his upcoming 88th birthday and was designed by my son Claude Wagner and my grandson David Wagner.

A big thank-you to them.

Guy Wagner

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece has welcomed statements by famous Greek composer, Mikis Theodorakis, which have strongly condemned Holocaust denial in the country.

In an article in the Ta Nea newspaper entitled “We must react while there is still time”, Theodorakis said it was “a disgrace to hear such hateful opinions in the Greek Parliament”.

“The fact that a Member of Parliament could even think of questioning from the Parliament’s podium the existence of the Nazi Holocaust against the Jews, the greatest crime ever to be committed in the history of mankind, makes us vulnerable in the eyes of international opinion and tarnishes the image of our country,” he went on.

Theodorakis, who also wrote to the Jewish community on the same issue, was strongly praised by community president, David Saltiel, for his stance.

“When the voice of a freedom fighter, a man of Letters and Culture, a great composer who created a requiem for Holocaust victims… joins our voice and the voices of Greek democratic citizens, then there is hope to believe that our democracy can actually be a shield against the threats launched by the seekers of Nazism,” Saltiel wrote in a letter to Theodorakis.

From the beginning, the tragic element in music has exerted a stronger spell on me than any other. It certainly suits my character.

So, for me it seemed only natural to turn to ancient drama – initially, as a lover of this artistic genre, and later also as a composer. I started to write theatre and film scores for ancient tragedies and later proceeded to explore lyrical tragedy, i. e. in my operas.

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WE MUST REACT N O W, WHILE THERE IS STILL TIME

A few days ago, two members of the Greek Parliament denied  the Holocaust against the Jewish people and the genocide of Pontian Greeks. Mikis Theodorakis reacts to this infamy with the following text:

 

The connective tissue uniting and keeping alive a People is their collective memory, shaped by the great ordeals that threaten our very existence.

The people of my generation who are still alive, especially those who have suffered to the very core of their being the savage storms that test our endurance, are committed to guarding Thermopylae until our last breath. To protect the unwritten Laws which underpin our uniqueness, our solidarity and our need to remain firmly rooted in reality and move ever onward, ever higher.
These unwritten Laws are the Laws of Life, superior to the conventional ones reflecting the social context, which constantly mutates on the surface, while deep down, the roots continue to support the Tree of the People, branches and leaves, flowers and fruits alike.

Read more: THEODORAKIS RESPONDS TO HOLOCAUST DENIERS