March 22, 2022
Porphyra Foundation Inc. and
St. Demetrios Preparatory School
CONTACT: Vassilios Chrissochos 917-617-0597
[email protected]


Come join us on a thrilling, historical, cultural journey through Music, Dance, and Theater with “The Story of Princess Anna Porphyrogenita.”

The Porphyra Foundation is excited to share with you a wonderful production being put together with St. Demetrios Preparatory School for the Greater Astoria community.

Set in the year 988 AD, the Heroic Age of Basil II Emperor of Byzantium, the story chronicles Basil’s sister Princess Anna Porphyrogenita and her world-rocking marriage to Grand Prince Vladimir. The show also explores Penelope Delta’s incredible world, as envisioned by the great author, of Emperor Basil II’s Byzantine Greek Macedonian Renaissance, his struggles, victories, and aspirations for his people and family.

Our community is getting the “Off-Broadway ” experience it deserves. This Porphyra Foundation’s show has premiered in Carnegie Hall and Off-Broadway. This is a musical in the Rock Opera genre where it features Rock Guitars and Greek ethnic instruments such as the Tzoura, the Pontian Lyra, and Greek Percussion (Daouli and Dumberleki). It features school dancers, actors, a Greek Children’s Choir, and Greek folk numbers from the school dance groups. The Greek American Folklore Society (GAFS) is also participating, and we have many more surprises in store. The show is open to all ages.

There is also a special tribute to Electric Guitar pioneer, Epaminondas (“Epi”) Stathopoulos, of Epiphone guitar fame and the Zildjian Cymbal making family!

Most importantly, this is a Fundraiser for St. Demetrios Preparatory School and all its wonderful music, art, and dance programs, so we urge everyone to attend and bring their family and friends.

The show is running for a full weekend and there are three dates.
June 24th, Friday at 7:00 PM
June 25th, Saturday at 7:00 PM
June 26th, Sunday at 5:00 PM
Admission $35

Attached is the event flyer and Eventbrite online ticket info. The flyer has the QR code that if you scan with your phone it takes you directly to Eventbrite.
Here is the Eventbrite link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-story-of-princess-anna-porphyrogenita-tickets-289910408837.
For Physical tickets please email Billy Chrissochos at [email protected] or call 917-617-0597.

St. Demetrios Website: https://www.sdprep.org/the-story-of-princess-anna-porphyrogenita-school-musical/
St. Demetrios Facebook:

Porphyra Facebook Event Page: https://fb.me/e/1nhg7Nm8D

Event Featured on Queens Scene Website:
And Stay Happening: https://stayhappening.com/e/the-story-of-princess-anna-porphyrogenita-E3LUUHX8WANW?fbclid=IwAR0KgwyOxpaXtOm9DEwolvXHDE65UCF6-q_A3LsZFFgLm__ZbYD-MfNC-5o

Vassilios “Billy” Chrissochos
Porphyra Foundation Director
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIyb_bUz9ms7iGVgxVuILuQ
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PorphyraBand
IHeart radio: https://www.iheart.com/artist/porphyra-30612995/
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/5kndGKhg417V5KkkmjGXrd
ITunes: https://music.apple.com/us/artist/porphyra/906248555
Reverbnation: https://www.reverbnation.com/porphyra4

#Porphyra comes back to Queens on Tuesday, July 20th at 7:00PM at Athens Square Park. Sponsored by #AHEPAHermes186 and presented by the Athens Square Park Committee. #Astoria #Summerfun #Summermusic

Read all about it! Wonderful Greek review about #Porphyra’s historic show at Athens Square Park in #Astoria from #Anamniseis! Many thanks to #AHEPA Hermes 186 and the Athens Square Park committee for sponsoring us! Many thanks to reviewer Demetrios Jussi Tsinopoulos and editor Mr Demetrios Tsakas. (English article to follow.)

Porphyra 1453 acoustic showcase at Gussy’s Bar

Come embark on an epic night of music and storytelling with Porphyra

20-14 29th St.
Astoria, NY 11105

Friday MAY 31st, 2019

Doors open at 6PM. Show starts 6:30PM sharp!
(Full night of bands and music after us).

$10 cover – first 25 people get a FREE CD!
21 and over

First ever acoustic/electric show. Exclusive showcase preview of
“1453: A Tale of Death, Love and New Beginnings.”

Featuring Chandler Mogel and Marlain Angelides on vocals.

Narration by Despina Chrissochos.
Billy Chrissochos on guitar, Mike “Risko” Savvas on guitar/tzoura, Jose N. Navia on bass, Tracey “Tre” Beavers on Drums and Richard Khuzami on percussion.

Proudly co-sponsored by UNESCO Piraeus, AHEPA Hermes 186, Gussy’s Bar, Astoria Soundworks, Chris Pollatos , Perry Jonson and George Delis.

Facebook event:  https://www.facebook.com/events/2357110574573329/?active_tab=about

Get your digital copy of the new album at CDBaby:


Porphyra – Misirlou


Hosted by the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce

Porphyra, a Grecian Rock opera returns June 2nd at 7PM

And June 3rd at 4Pm and 8Pm

at Flushing Town Hall



Celebrate New Year’s with Porphyra! New single out! St. Basil’s Hymn (Kalanta)!

To celebrate New Year’s Porphyra here is our first Holiday single, “St. Basil’s Hymn,” of our new album “The Starmaker’s Prophecy!” This is a rocked out instrumental version of the popular New Years Day Carol called the Kalanta! Downloads just .99 cents.



Porphyra’s own Billy Chrissochos and Mike “Risko” Savvas participated in a major event promoting “Porphyra, A Grecian Rock Opera” and our new album “The Starmaker’s Prophecy.” The two along with the organizers and panel were awarded by UNESCO. Here is the video of the Aghia Sophia panel discussion presented by the EMBCA (East Mediterranean Business Culture Alliance) in NYC on December 13th. Congratulations to Ilias I. Katsos, Alexander Billinis, Billy Chrissochos, John Fotiadis, Constantine Sirigos and musical guest Mike “Risko” Savvas for an excellent evening of discussion, images and music celebrating this masterpiece of Byzantine architecture. All press, photos, videos and soundbites can be found below:
Thanks to MGTVUSA:

Thanks also to Cosmos FM New York: Listen to the recap here.

Thanks to UNESCO for the article:

Thanks to Despina Afentouli of New Greek TV (NGTV):

Thanks to Neo Magazine and Chris Salboudis:

Aghia Sophia: Times, Templates & Foundations from Byzantium to Present Day

Also thanks to Panayioti Karousos of the Hellenic American Center of the Arts:

Photos here: https://www.facebook.com/billy.chrissochos/media_set?set=a.897624893707889.100003811595534&type=3


Porphyra’s album “Faith, Struggle,Victory” has won best ROCK ALBUM 2016 for The Akademia Music Awards!!!

akademia-award“This furious and fervent rock concoction speeds from the speaks like a tidal wave – and the vocal and axe talent has stops and chops worthy of Guns & Roses.”

NEW Porphyra Rock Opera FB copy


Here is press from our Off Broadway debut:

img556NEO magazineimg557 Special thanks to Demetrios Rhompotis!

national-herlad-rock-operaAnd in the National Herald we made front page news!

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We are in the studio creating our next album masterpiece! Porphyra’s new album will include the songs from the Rock Opera as well as new songs and some of the cast voices as well as some other international guest stars. Mike Savvas, Billy Chrissochos, Greg Swirszcz, Richard Khuzami, Elaine Tuttle & George Tsalikis will be joined by some amazing guest talent on this recording.

We have the exceptional drummer Tracey “Tré Boogie” Beavers (https://www.facebook.com/Treboogie666/?fref=ts) and guitarist Mark “M.E” Edwards, from the legendary Overlorde (https://www.facebook.com/MEFlyingV/?fref=ts & https://www.facebook.com/overlorde/).

On the female vocal front we have the beautiful Aphrodite Vlasserou (www.AphroditeVlasserou.com) singing on our single “Hook Through My Heart”!


Thank you dear friends. We fulfilled our first goal and we get to keep the pledged $1,371 from our Crowdfunding Campaign at Crowdzu. Thank you so much Maria MyMojo Sevastos, Viktoriya Vita, Grzegorz Swirszcz, Lou Scalzo , Chris Pollatos, Ilias I. Katsos, Alicia Kubeck, EFFIE LEKAS, Danielle Statuto, Tobi Resnick, Diana Stamatelatos Theocharis, Helen Balinakos, Sharon L. Martingale, Stella McGovern & Christina Zorbas. I know there are also a few more sponsors out there that we will be collecting from as well. This was an awesome Crowdfunding campaign for Porphyra‘s new album. www.porphyraband.com

Support our new Crowdfunding Campaign at Crowdzu! https://www.crowdzu.com/funding/campaigns/37/lets-make-porphyra-a-grecian-rock-operas-off-broadway-debut-happen/

New Crowdzu album Pop up2Support our new Crowdfunding Campaign at Crowdzu! https://www.crowdzu.com/funding/campaigns/37/lets-make-porphyra-a-grecian-rock-operas-off-broadway-debut-happen/

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“Porphyra, A Grecian Rock Opera.
Anna and Vladimir: The love that ROCKED the world.”

Makes its Off Broadway debut for a three day limited run on
Friday, May 13th at 8:00PM
Saturday, May 14th at 8:00PM
Sunday, May 15th at 2:00PM

Exclusively at:
The Players Theatre
115 Macdougal St, New York, NY 10012
(212) 475-1449
Pre-sale tickets $35
At the door $45
All Ages Show

Buy your tickets right here: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/956551

Porphyra Rock Opera promo-web

Porphyra, A Grecian Rock Opera – NGTV (New Greek TV) Interview


Cosmos FM 91.5 Interview

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“Porphyra, A Grecian Rock Opera.
Anna and Vladimir: The love that ROCKED the world.”
Original music by Billy Chrissochos
Original lyrics by Billy Chrissochos and George Tsalikis
Book by George Tsalikis
Director: George Tsalikis
Choreographer: Dena Stevens

Makes its Off Broadway debut for a three day limited run on
Friday, May 13th at 8:00PM
Saturday, May 14th at 8:00PM
Sunday, May 15th at 2:00PM

Exclusively at:
The Players Theatre
115 Macdougal St, New York, NY 10012
(212) 475-1449
Pre-sale tickets $35
At the door $45
All Ages Show

Buy your tickets right here: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/956551
Facebook invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/1051647251524756/ (LIKE our page on FACEBOOK)
Support our new Crowdfunding Campaign at Crowdzu! https://www.crowdzu.com/funding/campaigns/37/lets-make-porphyra-a-grecian-rock-operas-off-broadway-debut-happen/

Porphyra, A Grecian Rock Opera Promotional Commercial
Dreamkiller Lyric video 2nd promo

Porphyra is featured on NY1 News: http://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/news/2016/03/11/queens-music-studio-becoming-a-hit-with-bands-in-the-city.html
Special thanks to #RuschellBoone for the shout out!
Billy Chrissochos and Porphyra featured in the Queens Gazette: http://www.qgazette.com/news/2016-03-02/Features/Billy_Chrissochos.html

Brought to you by Porphyra Corp. and The Hellenic American Center For the Arts.

We made history last May with our Rock Opera being the first ever to successfully debut at Carnegie Hall. The current show will be the concert version of Porphyra the Musical.
Investors are welcome. You can find more information at www.Porphyrarockopera.com
Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PorphyraBand/
Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/PorphyraBand,
Subscribe to our YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/PorphyraOfficial/videos
Follow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/billy_chrissochos/
Get a copy of our album “Faith, Struggle, Victory” on our website or get your digital downloads at CDBaby: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/porphyra
Itunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/faith-struggle-victory/id906248552
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Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/billy-chrissochos
Spotify: https://play.spotify.com/artist/5kndGKhg417V5KkkmjGXrd

Porphyra is now officially under the auspices of UNESCO Club for Piraeus & Islands http://unescopireas.gr/2016/04/26/%CE%B7-%CE%B5%CE%BB%CE%BB%CE%B7%CE%BD%CE%B9%CE%BA%CE%B7-%CF%81%CE%BF%CE%BA-%CE%BF%CF%80%CE%B5%CF%81%CE%B1-%CF%80%CE%BF%CF%81%CF%86%CF%85%CF%81%CE%B1-%CF%84%CE%BF%CF%85-%CE%B2%CE%B1%CF%83/

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Become a Playbill Sponsor and advertise your business and association! It’s a great promotional tool! For more info contact [email protected]

Porphyra Playbill contract

Porphyra has just been featured on NY1 News:



Many thanks to Ruschell Boone for the interview!

Porphyra and founder Billy Chrissochos featured in the Queens Gazette: http://www.qgazette.com/news/2016-03-02/Features/Billy_Chrissochos.html

NEW Porphyra Rock Opera FB copy

Our recent two page spread from NEO Magazine! A very special Porphyra thanks to Demetrios Rhompotis and staff for helping spread the word about us!


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Special thanks to Vicki James Yiannias and Apostolos Zoupaniotis


Greek News- Carnegie article (low res)

News from around the world for Porphyra and our Rock Opera!

Porphyra Greek press

Porphyra Russian and world news

Major announcement from Porphyra!

Porphyra’s “No Fear” Official MMA Tribute Music Video
Directed by Billy Chrissochos
From the album “Faith, Struggle, Victory”
Is now an OFFICIAL SELECTION for the Williamsburg International Film Festival
Facebook invite- https://www.facebook.com/events/1497845590537329/
Come out and support! See some great indie movies, shorts and documentaries. Also Q & A with film makers.

Porphyra -No Fear Willifest 2015

WHEN: Friday, September 25th, 2015
WHERE: Williamsburg Cinemas
217 Grand Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211
On the corner of grand and driggs.
TIME:1:00pm – 3:00pm
Documentary Block I (Our video starts at 1:00pm sharp)


Porphyra returns to Astoria for one night only Live at

20-14 29th St,
Astoria, New York 11105

Friday, June 12, 2015

Come party with us and a few of our close friends as we wind down from last month’s triumphant Grecian Rock Opera at Carnegie Hall!
Cheap drinks, good times, great bands…what more could you ask for???



Greetings friends. It has been an amazing, productive and creative time for us here at the Porphyra camp. We just finished the showcase of an amazing production at the world renown Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall. We were just one part of an amazing team filled with dancers and actors. The production presented by our company was called “Porphyra, a Grecian Rock Opera. Anna and Vladimir: The love the ROCKED the world”. Read the first glowing review from the National Herald (Ethnikos Kirix) attached. This is the largest Greek-American newspaper in North America and the article was written by Constantine S.Sirigos. We are moving forward with this amazing production and want you to know more about it. Read the article and buy a cd and learn the music because you will be hearing a lot from us and the Rock Opera in the near future.

English Press

The National Herald reviews us!  “Byzantine Rock Opera Shines at Carnegie, Spotlights Hellenic History”




Porphyra, a Grecian Rock Opera

Anna and Vladimir: The Love that ROCKED the world

Was a huge success!

See some exclusive stills from our official TV News Crew Ellopia TV. More to come soon including our Carnegie Promotional video.


Porphyra Rock Opera FB

You can now get your tickets from Carnegie Hall.

You can also help financially support the project and receive plenty of exclusive VIP perks and gifts over at our crowd funding campaign at Crowdzu. This money will help with our theater and production expenses, rehearsals, costumes,

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Porphyra Rock Opera post cardPorphyra Rock Opera post card backSave the date!

Starting this Monday, March 9th you can start ordering your tickets for our spectacular musical debut, Porphyra, a Grecian Rock Opera! Only at Carnegie Hall!


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Porphyra hits the legendary Arlene’s Grocery on Wednesday, March 11th. We will be introducing our new violinist Meredith Bogacz and pulling out a few surprises, so come early, hang, and have a drink with us.

Arlene's Grocery 03-11-15


The New Video “PORPHYRA” is up. Our trilogy of videos with Special Guest Vocalist Chandler Mogel from our album “Faith, Struggle, Victory”. Byzantine Rock! Enjoy and spread the word!

Porphyra – “Porphyra” Official Video

Porphyra – “Porphyra” Official Video. From new the album “Faith, Struggle, Victory”.

Chandler Mogel – Special Guest Vocalist
Christos Alexandrou – Greek Chants
Billy Chrissochos – Guitar
Mike “Risko” Savvas – Bass, Tzoura
Richard Khuzami – Percussion
Frank Pace – Drums
Directed and Edited by Billy Chrissochos

Buy the new album “Faith, Struggle, Victory” and 11×17 Collectors Poster cover art for the limited time combo deal of just $20 (plus shipping and handling) at www.Porphyraband.com
“Like” Porphyra on Facebook and subscribe to our Youtube channel.

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Porphyra and Byzantine Crown Productions would like to thank the following Featured Guests:

The Amazing Amy (Contortionist)
Peishan Lo (Belly dancer)
Nahoko Sugiyama (Belly dancer)
The Dena Stevens Shazadi Dance Project
Ellie Braverman (Rock dancer)
James Cassano as the Emperor
And Karaghiozis as Himself

Camera Operators: C.P., Alex Giannakis, Billy Chrissochos
Crew: Dee Curtis, DIZZYZ

Special thanks to Gussy’s Bar, Ozzie Mortanis and Necromancer Productions, Striking 101 and Neo Panayiotou.


You can now hear Porphyra’s Full Album “Faith, Struggle, Victory” streaming on our “Porphyra Official” YouTube Channel!


Porphyra triumphantly returns in 2015 with new lead singer George Tsalikis (Zandelle) at “The Shop Brooklyn” in support of Thrash Metal Legends ANVIL!Porphyra with Anvil at the Shop Brooklyn 02-05-15

Thursday, February 5th 2015 @7:30PM

The Shop Brooklyn
234 Starr Street, Brooklyn NY, Brooklyn, New York 11237

Billy Chrissochos, Frank Pace and crew return with a blistering set of the new album “Faith, Struggle, Victory” available on CD BABY, ITunes, Amazon and www.PORPHYRABAND.COM

With new lead singers George Tsalikis (Zandelle), Elaine Tuttle and plenty of guest musicians!

Get your tickets for only $20 directly from us. Contact Billy C @ [email protected] We can deliver them locally or mail them and you can pay directly via PayPal.


Porphyra makes another splash in Greece’s premiere entertainment newspaper, Espresso (dated January 10th 2015), regarding our upcoming Grecian Rock Opera at Carnegie Hall March 3rd!Porphyra-Espresso Newspaper 01-10-2015

Mark the Date for the debut of our Grecian Rock Opera on Sunday, May 3rd 2015 at CARNEGIE HALL! (More information to be announced this week).



Help spread the word Our new music video is out and it features pro athletes from all over the world!
Porphyra – “No Fear” Official MMA Tribute Music Video!
Buy the new album “Faith, Struggle, Victory” and 11×17 Collectors Poster cover art for the limited time combo deal of just $20 (plus shipping and handling) at www.Porphyraband.com

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Porphyra and Byzantine Crown Productions would like to thank the following MMA companies and individuals for participating:

Georgia Bitakou and No Limits
George Katsinopoulos
Neo Panayiotou and Striking 101
Mike “Risko” Savvas, Eric Zahtila, Ernie Orozco
Anastasios Mylonas and Pankration NYC
Emmanuel Kozadinos
Tom Gallo T.A.C.T.I.C.S
Freddy Gonzalez, Camille Casanova and Vasco Correia
Tony Christodoulou

Additional thanks for their support goes to:
Eclectic Kombat, Ivan Dale, Craig Pumphrey, Vagelis Koutras and Koutras Pagration Academy, Yiannis Bloutis, Pankration Usafpa, Stephen Koepfer and New York Combat Sambo, American Killer Bees NYC and Israel Gomes De Oliveira.

Directed and Edited by Billy Chrissochos

Camera Operators: C.P., George Giakoumis, Billy Chrissochos, Steven De Castro
Crew: Spektor Music, Christos Kavvadas, DIZZYC, and Dee Curtis

Porphyra: Chandler Mogel, Billy Chrissochos, Mike “Risko” Savvas and Frank Pace

Porphyra Girls: Ellie Braverman, Maria Vitetzakis, Shiloh Klein and Lola
Melvin Williams playing the role of Manager

Additional thanks to Astoria Soundworks, Sanja Mylonas,
Lace and Desire and Cats Eye Webs


Porphyra returns to Astoria for one night only live at GUSSY’S BAR
20-14 29th St, Astoria, New York 11105

Friday, September 26, 2014

Gussy's 09-26-14


Porphyra makes a splash in “Espresso”, one of Greece’s largest entertainment Newspapers! Article 08-02-14

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Listen up everyone Porphyra’s “Shine” Official Video Featuring Aerialist DJ Angela Pandelis just debuted! Check it out on our video section or the link here:

And don’t forget to get your copy  of the new the album “Faith, Struggle, Victory” and subscribe to our YOUTUBE Channel -Porphyra Official Channel.

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Need a quick digital download? Porphyra’s “Faith, Struggle, Victory” album is now available at CD BABY (http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/porphyra), Itunes & Amazon.  Just be sure to leave a review.

Get your Porphyra/Bulletboys tickets now while you still can by contacting [email protected] Show will sell out soon. Porphyra and Bulletboys promoting their new albums!

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Porphyra making the news in New York City and America at large! The largest Greek-American publication, the National Herald’s (Ethnikos Kirix) English Edition, gave us a rip roaring review. Many thanks to Constantine Sirigos for the write up!

Porphyra National Herald article 07-25-14

Like Porphyra on Facebook!


Poprhyra Album Release Party 07-18-2014

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