Diplomacy and music for a good cause
For the fourth consecutive year, Ambassadors and diplomats serving in Greece, as well as members of their families met Greek lyric artists in a special music event on Wednesday 15 March 2017 at 20:00 in the Banquet Hall at the Athens Concert Hall (Megaron), under the auspices of the Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs, with the aim to support SOS Children’s Villages Greece.
This music event has become a tradition and every year it is in the thoughts of the Ambassadors, diplomats and musicians, and exceptional Greek lyric artists.
This year Ambassadors and members of the diplomatic corps from Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Canada, the Czech Republic, Germany, Georgia, Japan, Luxembourg, Slovenia, and Slovakia performed on stage. They were joined by a number of distinguished performers such as soprano Anna Stylianaki, baritone Dionisis Sourbis, the Takis Farazis Jazz Trio (John Balikos Jazz Trio) and pianists Evgenia Votanopoulou, Dimitris Giakas and Panos Karan.
The concert included works by Schubert, Vivaldi, Chopin, Rossini, Tchaikovsky, Lehar, Verdi, Puccini, Cahuzac, Nino Rota, Mikis Theodorakis, etc. The evening concluded with a performance by the Diplomats in Concert choir, under the direction of Maestro Agathangelos Georgakatos.
The event was produced and directed by Nikos Tsaousis of the Greek National Opera.
This year’s proceeds will cover the furnishing of one SOS house in the new SOS Children’s Village in Heraklion in Crete.
Sponsors: Groupama, Genesis Pharma, Panas Sophisticated Hospitality
Supporters: Coca-Cola, Κayak, Domaine Skouras, The Musical Horizons Conservatory Communication sponsors: Kathimerini, Nova, Easy 97.2, Insider, politisonline.gr, protagon.gr
About SOS Children's Villages
SOS Children’s Villages Greece is a member of SOS Children’s Villages International which is currently active in 134 countries, protecting more than 450,000 children. SOS Children’s Villages have been operating in Greece since 1975, with the aim to help children who are in need of care because they have lost their parents or are homeless for other reasons, and provide them with a new and permanent home.
Children living in SOS Children's Villages are taken care of on a continuous and consistent basis from childhood until they are properly prepared, morally, socially and professionally, and are able to live on their own. Our family approach in the SOS Children’s Village is based on four principles: each child needs a mother, and grows up most naturally with brothers and sisters, in their own house, within a supportive village environment.
In addition, since 2011, due to the financial crisis, we have extended our programs and we offer to more than 1,500 families which are under poverty from Crete to Thrace, parents counseling, psychological and psychotherapeutic support for children and parents, educational assistance, and material assistance (food, clothes, etc.), with the aim to strengthen these families and prevent the abandonment of children.
For more information about the work of SOS Children's Villages Greece and the contribution of this event, please contact 210-33 13 661-3 or visit www.sos-villages.gr.