Event Concerts and Performances Homegrown: Rodopi Ensemble

Date and Location

  • When: Wednesday, July 6, 2022

    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT

  • This event will be livestreamed on YouTube External. It will be available for viewing afterwards in the Library's Event Videos collection.

  • Where: Online Only

Part of Homegrown Concerts and Interviews

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Join us for a Homegrown at Home concert featuring the Rodopi Ensemble. The Rodopi Ensemble has been presenting the sounds, rhythms and melodies of Thrace for almost three decades. The group started its musical journey in the 1990s, and took the name Rodopi Ensemble to indicate its border-crossing musical style.

These instruments comprise the classic lineup known as the "café-amán" orchestra, the rural precursor of the more urban and better known "rebetiko" style. Rodopi Ensemble plays romantic love songs and lively dances native to the region, such as the "chasapiko", "tsifteteli", "karsilamas", and "zeibekiko". Rodopi Ensemble sticks to its roots by working at local and regional events such as community celebrations, weddings, and traditional fairs. But the band has also performed internationally at festivals and in concert halls, and has released the CD,  "Thraki: The Paths of Dionysus" to international acclaim.