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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Pan-Macedonian Association presents the Toronto Debut of Alexander The Great


"ALEXANDER THE GREAT" TO HELP STS. CYRIL AND METHODIUS

PAN-MACEDONIAN ASSOCIATION TO PREMIERE OPERA IN AID OF HELLENIC HOME


The Pan-Macedonian Association of Ontario will produce the Toronto premiere of "Alexander the Great", an epic opera by Panayiotis Karousos on February 15, 2009 at the P.C. Ho Theatre in Toronto.


A concert version of the opera will be performed in order to raise funds for the Hellenic Home for the Aged and the St. Cyril and Methodius Chapel that the Home is building.


"Alexander the Great" premiered in Montreal in 2007 and has been performed in Chicago and Washington D.C. Karousos is a prolific composer residing in Montreal and he is donating his royalties to the Hellenic Home.


"We are very pleased to be able to produce a work by a young Greek composer and to help the Hellenic Home" said James Karas, the president of the Pan-Macedonian Association. "It will be a new experience of many people. Opera is no a common pastime for Greeks."


The opera follows the life of Alexander from a meeting at the Acropolis following the Macedonian victory at Chaeronea in 339 B.C. to the death of the great general in Babylon in 323 B.C. There are scenes for Alexander's Farewell to Greece as he crosses the Hellespont into Asia, and set pieces after the battles of Granicus, Issua and a scene at the Temple of Solomon in Jerusalem.


"The Hellenic Home is thrilled with the offer of the Pan-Macedonian Association" said Irene Keroglidis, the Vice President of the Hellenic Home. "The board of directors has embraced the idea and we will all work very hard to make sure it is a success."


"Alexander the Great" will be performed at the P.C. Ho Theatre in the Chinese Cultural Centre, 5183 Sheppard Ave. East, Toronto Ontario on February 15, 2009 at 3:00 p.m.


Alexander the Great

P.C. Ho Theatre in the Chinese Cultural Centre

5183 Sheppard Ave. East, Toronto

February 15, 2009 at 3pm

Tickets: $50

For more information, visit www.panmacedonian.ca





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