I gives me great pleasure to announce that Maria Farantouri will give seven concerts in Germany on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the concentration camps.
She will be performing these concerts together with the Israeli Tenor Assaf Kacholi. The focus will be on a humanity that increasingly threatens to become a thing of the past within Europe and the Middle East.
Once again, fascist and racist ideologies are on the rise and recruitment of followers sadly intensifies readily. The Mediterranean has become a mass grave and, awfully so, walls and camps are being erected once more, such as in Libya and Lesbos, where people, languish in camps in squalor, atrocity and suffering. All of this is happening publicly before the very eyes of the world. A so-called free world which merely shrugs its shoulders in view of the continuing erosion of humanity.
Mikis Theodorakis and Iakovos Kambanellis together created the Mauthausen cantata, which will play an important role during the concerts. The songs from the Mauthausen Cantata aim to counteract the horror of concentration camps using beautiful language and/or sound both of which poignantly illustrate over and over again how much human behaviour and loving things were destroyed when taken over by the Nazis.
I am singing this song "Asma Asmaton" (The Song of Songs) on stage in German. „Man hat sie fortgebracht, und keiner sieht wie schön sie ist."(She has been taken away, and no one notices how beautiful she looks"). Against the backdrop of this political situation, Maria and Assaf's concerts constitute a signal of hope and resistance.
May I recommend to each and everyone of you to get your tickets to these concerts. This tour needs your support as it does not have the same advertising apparatus at its disposal as some of the so-called superstars within the pop and rock scene. Concertgoers can, no doubt, not only experience important and indispensible political messages, but also melodious sounds of a deep humanity.
A concert for Humanity
MARIA FARANTOURI & ASSAF KACHOLI
Mauthausen & other songs of Humanity
75 years of Liberation Tour
23.1. – Hamburg, Markthalle
24.1. – Düsseldorf, Tonhalle (Rezitation: Iris Berben)
26.1. – Dresden, Staatstheater (Rezitation: Sandra von Ruffin)
27.1. – Berlin, Universität der Künste (Rezitation: Cem Özdemir)
29.1. – München, Gasteig/Carl Orff Saal
30.1. – Stuttgart, Liederhalle/Mozartsaal (mit dem Theodorakis-Chor))
1.2. – Neu-Isenburg (bei Frankfurt am Main), Hugenottenhalle
Informationen & Tickets: www.greece-on-tour.eu