The mixed municipal choir of Corfu, “San Giacomo”, performed on Monday evening some of the most well known songs of the Greek music tradition in the Esedra di Marco Aurelio hall, Palazzo dei Conservatori of Rome’s Capitoline Museums.
The full hall of the Capitoline Museums echoed parts of the internationally recognized “Axion Esti” and other poems by Odysseas Elytis harmonized by Mikis Theodorakis, songs by Manos Hatzidakis, and famous parts of the works of Giuseppe Verdi in honor of the Italian audience.
The event was organized on the occasion of Greek Independence Day on March 25 by the Greek Embassy of Rome, in collaboration with the Corfu town council and the Greek community of Rome and Lazio.
The Greek Ambassador to Rome, Michalis Cambanis, expressed his belief that Greece will make it through the economic crisis and earn back its rightful position in Europe and the world.
The concert was attended among others by Marco Galdi, mayor of Cava de’ Tirreni, who is known for donating his salary to Greece. “Culture is the best means of communication for the people. Tonight we listened both to acclaimed masterpieces of the Italian opera and harmonized lyrics of prominent Greek poetry, which proves that culture brings people together and enhances solidarity” commented Mr. Galdi.