NEW YORK – A shared love of music brought the audience together to enjoy the Hellenic Rembetika and Turkish Music Concert on Thursday, Sept. 7 at St. Peter’s Church at Citicorp Center in Midtown Manhattan.
The event, as noted in the program, was “a unique evening of musical bridge building and discovery,” with an authentic Hellenic Rembetiko ensemble led by vocalist/musical director Julie Ziavras and a Turkish international music ensemble led by musical director Nedim Katgi, an international musician, entertainer, and singer.
Presented by EMBCA (East Mediterranean Business Culture Alliance) in association with the Turkish American Chamber of Commerce & Industry (TACCI), the sold-out event was the first of EMBCA’s fall season.
Lou Katsos spoke with The National Herald about the event, noting that Hellenism was not confined by the borders of the current Hellenic Republic, the cosmopolitan population was an international people with more Hellenes living outside of mainland Hellas than within it, and for 2,500 years, the influence of Hellenic music spread across the eastern Mediterranean wherever Hellenes lived and thrived. (Source: )