March 22, 2022
Porphyra Foundation Inc. and
St. Demetrios Preparatory School
CONTACT: Vassilios Chrissochos 917-617-0597
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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
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:
Vassilios “Billy” Chrissochos
Porphyra Foundation Director
IHeart radio: https://www.iheart.com/artist/porphyra-30612995/
CAST & BIOS
The Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce
Under the Auspices of
UNESCO Club of the Department of Piraeus and Islands
President Ioannis Maronitis
a Co-Production of the Hellenic American Center of the Arts
President Panagiotis Karousos
GW Printing and Kevin Chu
New Inspiration and Alice Lee
Yang Ber Yuh Medical Practice
The Aldo’s Regular Democratic Club
Fay Da Bakery
The Parkside Pub and Howard Haider
Mediterranean Foods and Tommy Tentalouris
Queens Community Board 1 District Manager Florence Koulouris
NYC Council Member Peter Koo
Father Paul Palesty and St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church
Ruschell Boone and NY1 News
Maria Alvarez Castro
Many thanks from Porphyra go to Stella McGovern for all her behind the scenes work and for maintaining our website.