Cancelled: Mauthausen and Other Songs of Humanity Maria Farantouri and Assaf Kacholi

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Presented by the Greek Community of Melbourne


Concert Cancellation Notification

We regret to advise that this concert has been cancelled.

Melbourne Recital Centre cares deeply about the health and safety of its audiences, artists and staff. We acknowledge that the suspension of normal operations in response to COVID-19 is a difficult but essential action for the health of the Victorian public. We are committed to supporting our staff during this time and difficult circumstances. We thank our community for its support during this challenging time.

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Event details

Two great singers, Maria Farantouri from Greece and the Israeli tenor Assaf Kacholi, make their first Australian tour together. Their songs tell of love and passion, of melancholy and gaiety, of courage and sorrow, of war and of true peace. Songs full of strength and humanity, which have traveled the world.

Maria Farantouri and Assaf Kacholi also shine a light into the hall of sombre memories, with the songs from Mikis Theodorakis’ Ballad of Mauthausen. Seventy-five years after the liberation of the concentration camps at Auschwitz, Mauthausen, Buchenwald, Dachau, Bergen-Belsen and others, the two artists commemorate the suffering, but above all the longing for life and the dreams for the future of millions of people.

What can give us hope and confidence today? Maria Farantouri and Assaf Kacholi take us on a path through the world of poetry and song. A path that leads to the heart. This great musical event allows us to discover two singers with very different personalities, who have come together in the world of music.

The Ballad of Mauthausen is paired with a selection of Theodorakis’ most beautiful songs, including settings of poetry by Seferis, Elytis, Cavafy and Lorca. The concert is a tribute to Greece’s favourite composer, as he approaches his 95th birthday.


Maria Farantouri vocalist
Assaf Kacholi vocalist
George Ellis conductor


Full program to be announced soon.