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About the work:
The composer writes: 'Credo, for baritone and orchestra is the fulfillment of a life-long dream: to have the opportunity to musically collaborate with George Dalaras, one of my favorite Greek pop singers, on a classical composition written especially for his voice. Arguably, George Dalaras is the one Greek artist whose singing career is inexorably connected with the history of Greece of the past forty years. I first heard his songs while still a young man growing up in Greece during the repressive junta years and have kept in touch with his music for many years ever since. It is not an exaggeration to say that for all this time I had almost constantly the voice of Dalaras in my ears. During the sixties and seventies, most of Greece's folk/pop songwriters wrote their best songs for him. Ten years later, Dalaras pioneered all the new trends in Greek popular music, reaching at his peek stadium attendances of as many as 160,000 people for a single event and over 13,000,000 CD sales, an all-time record for Greek music, unsurpassed before or since. His musical tastes have encompassed various genres, such as rebetiko (Greek Asia-Minor blues), folk, pop, Latin, and rock, resulting in collaborations with internationally renowned artists, such as Sting, Paco de Lucia, Al Di Meola and others, frequent north American and European tours and, more recently, prestigious invitations by international luminaries such as Nelson Mandela, who asked Dalaras to sing for his birthday in South Africa, and His Grace, the Patriarch of Constantinople.'