This is the address of a new website, created on the initiative of Mikis Theodorakis himself. It offers an extremely rich and varied documentation, with over 3100 musical works, 18 videos, 130 poems, 72 musical analyses and an almost unbelievable number of articles and commentaries, especially on Greece’s years of crisis since 2008.
Mikis Theodorakis has dedicated this new jewel in the internet crown to us. He writes:
I begin my introduction to this new site with a thought for my good friend Guy Wagner, who for many years has been the driving force behind the official website devoted to my life and work, a testimony to his great love and esteem. By means of the site, he has defended my work and reputation like no one else, with perseverance and courage – and that at a very difficult time for me, my ideas, my art and my political action.
I would therefore like to dedicate this new site to him, telling him I look on it as an “annexe” to his, which will always remain the first, the “official” website. My aim is for the new site to play a complementary role.
Mikis Theodorakis doesn't get rid of his health problems. On this 20th February, he was again hospitalized. Again he is suffering from a pneumonia, which is worse than that of Christmas 2013 and which is associated with high fever. On the urgent advice of his doctors, he was transferred to the hospital where he is now under constant medical control. We wish a prompt and full recovery.
22.2. People close to Theodorakis have declared that he is in a stable condition.
Mikis Theodorakis left the hospital on this first of March.
Mikis Theodorakis, who has been on a rant against the government and the country’s international lenders, has rebuffed a suggestion from PASOK Socialist chief Evangelos Venizelos, who’s also Deputy Premier/Foreign Minister, to be a candidate for Greek President, a position which is filled by the Parliament.
Mikis Theodorakis: Honorary Member of Athens AcademyMikis Theodorakis was rushed this morning to the Medical Center of Athens, Greece, where he was hospitalized with a lower respiratory tract infection.
Theodorakis had a high fever (39.8) and was quickly admitted so that the doctors could monitor his condition. According to his treating physician, Dr. Rapakoulias, the situation is under control.
He said the patient is able to communicate and the medical staff has managed to control his fever at 37.2 degrees Celsius.
His hospitalization was deemed necessary in order for the doctors to be able to subject him to all the essential tests. Theodorakis had been hospitalized last year at the Medical Center of Athens with a respiratory infection.
Theodorakis's health has again improved and he was allowed to leave the hospital on 30 december.
The internationally renowned composer Mikis Theodorakis officially became an honorary member of the Athens Academy on December 3.
The president of the Academy, Spyros A. Evagelatos and the General Secretary Vasilios Petrakis will talk about the personality and the contribution of Greece’s best-known living composer at the ceremony dedicated to Mikis Theodorakis.
The ceremony was concluded with a speech given by Theodorakis on the issue “The only solution.”
Mikis Theodorakis will officially become an honorary member of the Athens Academy on December 3.
The president of the Academy, Spyros A. Evagelatos and the General Secretary Vasilios Petrakis will talk about the personality and the contribution of Greece’s best-known living composer at the ceremony dedicated to Mikis Theodorakis. The ceremony will be concluded with a speech given by Theodorakis on the issue “The only solution.”
Moreover, on December 5, a concert will take place in the Municipal Theatre of Piraeus, with music and songs by Mikis Theodorakis.
Nena Venetsanou, Lakis Halkias and the 10-member Orchestra of Mikis Theodorakis will perform the most popular movies and theatrical creations of the composer, taking the audience on a journey of Greek cinema and theater.
The concert program includes, among others, songs from productions : Phaedra (1961, Jules Dassin), Electra ( 1961-62 , Michalis Cacoyannis ) , Zormpas ( 1964 Michalis Cacoyannis ) , Z ( 1969 Costa Gavras ) , Serpico ( 1973 , Sidney Lumet), Beautiful City ( 1962 , Michael Cacoyannis ), etc.
During the concert, favorite movies scenes will be shown on-screen as well as some excerpts from theatrical performances. The showcase is aimed to be a revival of his works through a combination of music, speech and images.
Theodorakis has composed for a variety of music forms, including symphonies, chamber music, cantatas, oratorios, hymns, ballets and operas as well as music for ancient and modern theater and cinema. Among his most famous work is the music for “Zorba the Greek” and the music he wrote to accompany the work of Greek poets.
The drums of war are beating once again in the Middle East.
This time in Syria.
- I mean, we’ve already spoken about this. There has to be a war every now and then to maintain the standard of living in countries where social progress depends on exporting death. President Mitterrand once told me in confidence that if the French were not able to sell weapons, the standard of living would plummet in France. “And when we say ‘weapons’,” he added, “we mean big, fat, expensive weapons like aeroplanes, submarines, tanks, missiles and, of course, bullets – millions of bullets.”
29 July 2013
On your 88th birthday, we wish you strength and health to fulfill your great work in favour of the Greek people.
May you be happy!
Ariel, Guy and all your friends all over the world