I was struck by how deep culture and aesthetic beauty runs in this country. The town of Drama has a population of 50,000. We visited a municipal music center where 900 students participate in lessons and ensembles. Here’s a clip from our performance there. Check out the serious audience participation!
Then we went to a school where 200 more music students gathered from towns nearby. Here’s a clip of Kate opening our performance in the school with “Trouble of the World.” What a model for valuing culture-Northern Greece!
Our next concert was in Xanthi at the Foundation for Thracian Art and Tradition. It was a sweet, intimate performance in an old tobacco building-turned arts center. The U.S. Consul General attended the concert for the 2nd night in a row. Our new friend Anotonis Varvatsoulias intoduced us to some Greek traditional music that smacks of the blues. Is it possible, many cultures have their own blues?