Dinos Christianopoulos, although very wary of his work being set to music, gave his permission when he heard the music Nikos Vittis had composed to set poems to. These pieces, most of which are presented for the first time, traverse a range of musical genres, thus better reflecting the content of the lyrics and the poet’s frequent love of rebetiko songs — a love that had forced him to go beyond poetry and write lyrics, too.
People of the arts and sciences, university students, and neighbours who loved the man and his work, will all be “present” at a concert featuring the poet’s lyrics set to music, with recitations, readings, and testimonies; and they will meet him once more in his “natural habitat”: the Central Library of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
The concert is a homage to the poet, his work, and his significant contribution to the cultural creation of Thessaloniki, which has become even more timely, in view of his recent death. Part of the tribute will include the archive of unpublished photographs by Nikos Koukis from the life and work of Dinos Christianopoulos.
The pieces will be performed by the Symphony Orchestra of the Municipality of Thessaloniki. The poems set to music will be performed by Grigoris Klioumis, the singer and songwriter with the unique voice from the band Ypogeia Revmata. The pieces have been orchestrated by Lazaros Tsavdaridis, while the orchestra will be conducted by maestro Anastasios Symeonidis.