Mario Frangoulis LIVE with the Boston Pops Debuts on PBS Stations This Month
By Nicole Muj
Los Angeles Informer
US television audiences will have a chance to experience the magic of the handsome Greek tenor Mario Frangoulis, when his highly anticipated special airs on PBS stations nationwide this December.
The classical crossover artist has teamed up with the Boston Pops and conductor Keith Lockhart to deliver an internationally inspired experience that will take audiences on musical journey in English, Spanish, French, Italian and Greek. The concert features a stunning repertoire from Frangoulis’ latest CD release Beautiful Things.
Frangoulis is joined by Celtic Woman’s Hayley Westenra, the “Liza Minelli of Greece” Alkistis Protopsalti, rising star, French/Greek singer George Perris and special guest pianist and composer Stephan Moccio.
Preview, Mario Frangoulis LIVE with The Boston Pops
The concert special and DVD are sponsored by The Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, an organization that has given over $100M in privately funded scholarships to the highest risk, highest potential children in North America. Frangoulis has donated a portion of all proceeds to the Association for which he is an International Ambassador, including those from A Hero Is Inside, a duet with Westerna.
The importance of giving back and philanthropy plays a major role in Frangoulis’ life work. He comments, “It is a great mission in my life to help others in need especially when those groups of people include children. They have a special place in my heart. They might not be in an advantageous position when they are young, but they are certainly the future and it is our duty to be there for them, to help them, support them and encourage them and offer them a better future and perhaps one day, they will be new leaders of the world.”
In addition to the Horatio Alger Association, Frangoulis is a passionate supporter of World Centers of Compassion for Children International (WCCCI) and was named the UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Youth in Greece.
Vanessa Williams with Frangoulis at Opening Ceremony of Special Olympics Summer Games 2011
A much sought after performer around the globe, Frangoulis has collaborated with many of the world’s top music artists including Montserrat Cabellé, José Carreras, Lucio Dalla, Plácido Domingo, Lara Fabian, Alejandro Fernández, Vittorio Grigolo, Justin Hayward, Natalie Merchant, Madeleine Peyroux and Vanessa Williams. The list goes on and on…
While on the road most of the year, his heart remains in his native Greece, where he spends all summers. He comments, “I live between New York and Athens, but there are times when I live on an airplane with so much travelling. I love the work I have outside my country Greece and the chance to meet so many friends from all around the world, to learn of new cultures and traditions.”
His latest CD, Beautiful Things, released on Sony International earlier this year, “gives a great message of love and hope to everyone and a sense of understanding of the beauty that surrounds us. We have to be able to recognize beauty no matter what the circumstances, whether we are going through difficult times or not, whether we are travelers.”
Let’s all celebrate such beautiful things and “the magic of Mario” when Frangoulis’ TV special debuts this month on PBS. (*check your local listings)
Photos/Video Courtesy of Beautifulthings Productions
Nicole Muj is the founder of KULTURA PR (kulturapr.com), a public relations company that specializes in international entertainment and cultural clients. Ms. Muj is also involved in booking A-list Western music artists and celebrities in Europe, Mexico and Asia. Previously, she served as Associate Director, Worldwide Publicity, E! Networks, and held senior level positions at LA-based mPRm Public Relations and Comspan Communications.