Worldwide singing star Mario Frangoulis is set to offer a concert on Saturday, October 25th, to honor the 100th anniversary of Saint Spyridon Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Worcester, MA.
A press release concerning the "Simple Miracles" performance can be read below.
Worcester, MA – Powerhouse tenor, Mario Frangoulis, brings his electrifying voice and stunning charisma to New England for a benefit concert celebrating one of Massachusetts' oldest and most vibrant Greek communities.
Voted Best Male Classical Crossover Artist of 2011, Frangoulis will present "Simple Miracles", an inspirational concert to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of Worcester's Saint Spyridon Greek Orthodox Cathedral on Saturday, October 25th at the Hanover Theater for the Performing Arts. Frangoulis is thrilled to be taking part in the festivities honoring such a distinguished institution that has provided spiritual comfort for generations of people.
"My singing career has taken me all over the world, and I've been so impressed and inspired by people of all faiths and nationalities," says Frangoulis. "I'm very moved when I see people united by their religious beliefs come together to create good for their communities and make the world a better place. This is precisely what the Greek Orthodox Church in Worcester has accomplished for a remarkable full century."
The Church, located on Russell Street next to scenic Elm Park, is an active parish with more than a dozen ministries, a weekly food pantry that serves the community at large (together with the Worcester Food Bank) and several programs for the youth and elderly. The Cathedral just unveiled a new multi-million dollar family center, designed as a meeting place for Orthodox Christians from all over New England.
"It's so fitting that Mario Frangoulis chose to call his concert, 'Simple Miracles'," says Rev. Dean Paleologos, a native of Peabody who has led the parish for 25 years. "Miracles continue here within our Church, not just for the city of Worcester, but for the entire Commonwealth. The legacy of St. Spyridon Cathedral is tremendous...one of many people working together to create a better place for their families and to help those around us who are in need. We are so lucky to have the magnificent Mario Frangoulis perform a benefit concert, so we can raise much needed funds to carry on this legacy."
Frangoulis, often described as "Bocelli with a twist", will be visiting Worcester for the first time. But, he is well known to fans in New England, where he has performed several times before. Most recently, in Boston, Frangoulis sang with the legendary Boston Pops orchestra and famed Maestro Keith Lockhart, presenting moving songs from his new CD "Beautiful Things". The show is currently airing on public television stations across the country.
The show in Worcester will feature an inspiring international repertoire in 5 languages (English, Spanish, Italian, French and Greek) and will be a signature "Mario Frangoulis" performance —reaching across languages and cultures to bring people together through beautiful and soothing music. Frangoulis will sing some of his most popular songs, including "Vincero Perdero", "Nights in White Satin" and "Caruso".
Joining Frangoulis on stage will be the Mexican singer, Mayeli Burquette, lead singer of the Barandela Big Band of Mexico. Mayeli, known as the "Angel of Swing", performs jazz, blues and doo wop in both Spanish and English. Frangoulis chose Mayeli as a guest artist because of his love for Mexico, where he has performed several times. He also credits three of his Spanish speaking mentors..Alfredo Kraus, Placido Domingo and Jose Carreras for having great influence on his career.
Proceeds from the performance will support many of the educational, cultural and spiritual programs of the Church, as well as the Orthodox Food Pantry (which feeds 200 families per month together with the Worcester Food Bank) and St. Spyridon's Board of Education certified pre-school.
Tickets can be purchased through the box office at the Hanover Theater, 1-877-571-7469 or www.HanoverTheater.org.