Boston (Massachusetts), USA – On June 7, the heritage and culture of Greece was celebrated at Boston’s Symphony Hall with the first concert in recent history that brought together several genres of contemporary Greek music in one event – Pops Goes Hellenic. The night was a sold-out success, with more than 2,200 guests from around the world in attendance.
Before the concert, Diane Kochilas, one of the world’s foremost authorities on Greek cuisine, took part in a special reception featuring gourmet Hellenic cuisine created from her recipes. The first half of the Pops Goes Hellenic concert was dedicated to orchestral music by Greek composers. At one point the entire audience cheered as the orchestra put on their Greek fisherman’s caps and Lockhart amused the audience as he danced to the music. The second half of the concert was solely dedicated to international singing sensation Haris Alexiou, who performed with the Boston Pops Orchestra and a smaller group of Greek musicians who played traditional Greek instruments.In addition to celebrating and promoting the preservation of Greek culture, Pops Goes Hellenic served as a fundraising campaign to benefit the capital campaign of the new St. Catherine Greek Orthodox Church, a Byzantine style church, in Braintree, MA. Thanks to the generosity of the sold-out crowd, the event raised approximately $1.3 million for the church.
The evening was produced by Elia, a newly formed group of friends, who are dedicated to preserving and promoting Greek culture by building a stronger Greek-American community committed to working together to benefit a variety of Hellenic causes, creating a philanthropic mindset needed to support our cultural identity for future generations and educating all Americans about the richness of Greek culture.