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Sunday, January 7, 2024
Orpheus Vasilopita - Νύχτα στη Μύκονο
Saint Nectarios Church, Palatine, IL
5:00-11:00 p.m. (event will run on time!)
5:00 p.m. Appetizers. 6:00 p.m. Dinner

Adults $70
Children $35 (4-12 and under, 1-3 free)

No more reservations will be accepted at this moment.
For further assistance please call us at 630-291-0661.
Save the Date for Sunday, January 7th for the 'Νυχτα στη Μυκονο' (Night in Mykonos) event which will again feature musicians from Greece and our local Chicago musical friends along with plenty of food, dancing, performances!

It will be a fitting start of the year as Orpheus celebrates 35 years filled with Hellenic traditions and customs.

See below the amazing lineup of musicians that will be featured at the Orpheus Vasilopita event:

Directly from the island of Mykonos-Greece, Yannis and Maria Asimomytis (tsabouna, toumbaki).

The second brother-sister duo, Izaki and Sophia Metropoulos (violin, Laouto, vocals).

The multi-talented couple of Eve Monzigo and George Lawer (santouri, clarinet, saxophone, percussion)

Our friends, Petar Aleksiev-Usmivkata and Angel Zhekov-Frangata (Thracian gaeda and kaval)

and the latest addition, Orpheus alumni Demetri Avgerinos (bass)
Orpheus is proud to host the dynamic brother-sister duo
from the island of Mykonos

Yannis and Maria Asimomytis
Yannis and Maria
YannisYiannis Asimomytis was born and raised on the island of Mykonos. He is one of the youngest tsabouna players on the island of Mykonos and is determined to preserve the musical traditions of his birthplace.
Despite dealing with various health issues since he was seven months old, Yannis' passion and love for the traditions of Mykonos pushed him to want to play the tsabouna (the Greek folk wind instrument belonging to the bagpipe family). He started playing the tsabouna when he was eighteen years old—relatively old, as he admits.
After getting cleared by his doctor to play the tsabouna, it was slow going at first, but with the encouragement of some local tsabouna players (Panagiotis Koukas, Lefteris Sikiiotis), he kept going, and soon started playing at festivals and local gatherings. Yanni admits he has a hard time following and learning the notes, but he wanted to play with his heart, and the tsabouna was a good match for his self-taught (free-spirited) style of playing.
Since 2008, he has played in numerous events around Mykonos and the Aegean Islands, and he was proud to play the tsabouna and represent the island of Mykonos in 2011 and 2012 at the European Parliament in Strasbourg and Brussels.
Yanni keenly believes in keeping traditions alive and wants to inspire younger generations to play the local musical instruments of Mykonos.
He heartily believes that the tsaboua had, has, and will forever have a place in Mykonos and will always honor the traditions and values of our past.
Complete bio and story at the mykonospost.gr site (translated link)
MariaMaria Asimomyti was born and raised on the island of Mykonos. As a child, she loved music, and during her school years, she strove to learn to play several different musical instruments, including the guitar, the baglamadaki, and the toumbaki (small drum).
Music was her hobby and a way to escape from everyday life. When she started high school, Maria learned to play the toumbaki in the company of her brother, Yanni, who at the time was learning to play the tsambouna (a Greek folk wind instrument belonging to the bagpipe family).
Yanni motivated Maria to learn to play the toumbaki so she could accompany him while he played the tsabouna. The tumbaki gives rhythm to the tsabouna.
They started playing at home and then went on to play together at various festivals.
Maria commented, "The funniest thing is that my brother and I used to fight all the time. But when we play music, we put aside our differences and enjoy playing music together."
Complete bio and story at the mykonospost.gr site (translated link)
In addition ...we are equally excited to welcome back a few of our favorite Chicago based musicians, Eve Monzingo (clarinet, santouri, saxophone), George Lawler (percussion) Izaki Metropoulos (violin, vocals), Sophia Metropoulos (laouto, vocals), Petar Aleksiev (gaeda, Thracian bagpipe), Angel Zhekov (kaval)

As you can tell the upcoming event
promises to be a truly memorable and unique musical experience!