Greek MP Bakoyannis, Tenor Mizrachi highlight CHI celebration

A leading Greek political figure and an internationally acclaimed singer will be featured on March 23, 2014, in a special presentation and concert that celebrates the ascension of Greece to the Presidency of the European Union and the historic alliance of Greece and Israel.

The concert segment of the program will feature internationally known Tenor Alberto Mizrachi, a native of Athens and now Cantor at the Anshe Emet Synagogue, Chicago. He will be accompanied by the Grammy Award winning pianist Howard Levy. The program contains Greek, Ladino (Judaeo-Spanish) and Hebrew-Israeli songs.

The presentation is headlined by Greek Parliament Member Dora Bakoyannis, a former Foreign Affairs Minister who was elected unanimously President of the Political Affairs committee of the Council of Europe recently. Mrs. Bakoyannis also served as Athens’ first woman mayor.

It is a very proud moment for Greece as The Hellenic Republic is elevated to the Presidency of the European Union,” said Charles J. Mouratides, executive director of the Chicago-based CHI-Circle for Hellas & Israel.

“We are celebrating this occasion with an event that embraces the valuable alliance between Greece and Israel including such fields as tech exchange, energy, agro-tech and desalinization. It is an alliance that holds a great deal of promise as it blossoms in the midst of turbulence among Eastern Mediterranean countries. For this reason we want to support Israel’s institutions which are leaders in science and technology worldwide.”

“The concert-presentation reflects our mission,” commented Annette Faber, chair of the event. “The performers are great musicians who bridge genres and styles, and express beautifully the universal qualities of their repertoire.”

The program, including a reception, will last from 3 to 5 pm at the distinguished Heller Auditorium, Francis W. Parker School, 330 W. Webster at Clark St, Chicago. For information and tickets call 312-282-8749.