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Musical Journey with the Orient Express
Julie Ziavras, soloist

Saturday, February 29, DeBaun Center, Hoboken, NJ

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February 29, 2020
7:30 pm

The College of Arts and Letters, Musica Mundana and DeBaun PAC

"Musical Journey with the Orient Express"

Stevens Institute of Technology
DeBaun Performing Arts Center
24 5th Street
Hoboken, NJ 07030

Soprano Julie Ziavras is guest soloist with the chamber ensemble Musica Mundana under the Artistic Direction of pianist Aysegul Durakoglu. The musical program is inspired by the journey of the legendary Orient Express which traveled between Paris and Istambul at the end of the 19th century. The international repertory includes waltzes, tangos, gypsy and czardas music by Bartok, Liszt, Strauss and Monti, music by Debussy, Satie, Piazzolla, operatic arias by Lehar and Offenbach and Ottoman court music from the 19th century. Julie will present Ravel's Greek Songs, Offenbach, Massenet, Franz Lehar and Richard Strauss, accompanied by the chamber ensemble.

Performers include Members of the Chamber Music Society Musica Mundana; Aysegul Durakoglu, pianist and Artistic Director, cellist Leo Grinhauz, violinist Claudia Schaer and narrator Anthony Pennino. Durakoglu, an acclaimed pianist, has recorded and performed internationally with major orchestras. She began her musical training at the Istanbul Municipal Conservatory and as a scholarship recipient continued her studies in NY receiving her Master degree from Juilliard and Ph.D from New York University, where she served on the piano faculty. In 1998, she established the Chamber Music Society Musica Mundana and is currently on the faculty of the Music and Technology Department at the Stevens Institute.

General admission to the concert is $10, $5 students and seniors, with Stevens ID admission is free. Reception to follow the concert. Click for link to ticket URL. For further info call: 201-216-8934 or visit:


April 19, 2020
4:00 pm

Mostly Opera presents
"From Verdi to Verismo"

Jewish Community Center
601 Jefferson Ave
Scranton, PA 18510

Soprano Julie Ziavras will join the cast of Mostly Opera in a program of opera arias and scenes by Verdi and the verismo composers. The program is led by Music Director Linda Houck at the piano with Artistic Direction by Anne Marie Dupre. For reservations call: 570-677-4287. More information to come.


March 31, 2019
3:00 pm

Celebration of Life:
A Concert for Claudia

Union Presbyterian Church

44 Old Balmville Rd.
Newburgh, NY 12550

Julie Ziavras will join a cast of six opera singers celebrating the life of the late soprano Claudia Cummings, who has had a lasting impact on the classical music scene of the Hudson Valley.

In her 25 year operatic career, Claudia Cummings had appeared all over the world singing lead operatic roles, including with the NY City Opera, San Francisco Opera and Chicago Lyric Opera. After moving to the Hudson Valley in 1979, she produced numerous concerts throughout the region as the Co-Producing Director of the Festival Theater of New York with her husband, the eminent Shakespearean actor Jack Aranson. She also was the Founder and Artistic Director of the Opera Company of the Highlands (OCH) and Conductor of the Newburgh Symphonic Chorale. Mount Saint Mary College conferred upon her the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters.

Julie performed in numerous concerts and operas that she directed, including principle roles in her OCH productions of The Marriage of Figaro, Die Fledermaus, Hansel & Gretel and Showboat. This concert is being organized by two of her colleagues from OCH Terri Vargas and Rose Wolvek.

For this Celebration, Julie will join the following principal singers of OCH singing arias and ensembles from operas that Claudia directed; Lori-Brown Mirabel, Jeremy Moore, Vira Slywotzky, Jabob Feldman and Rebecca Gordon, with piano accompanist Ryan Kennedy. There will be a showing of selections from Claudia's superb PBS performance of Lucia Di Lammermoor. Claudia's DVDs will be on sale for $15.

All the proceeds and donations from this concert will be given to the Alzheimers Foundation and "The Mount Scholarship Fund" in Claudia's name. A reception in Fellowship Hall will follow the concert. For more information, contact Terri Vargas, Chairman at or call 845-565-6366


May 5, 2019
4:00 pm

Great Music of the Hudson Valley series presents:
"An Afternoon with Ken and Julie"

Unitarian Universalist Meeting House

9 Vance Lane
New Windsor, NY 12575

Ken and Julie will present an afternoon of acoustic music accompanying themselves on guitars. Showcasing outstandingly lyrical vocals, rich harmonies and tight musicianship, their songs include originals by Ken, traditional and international folk covers.

Tickets are $20 at the door.


May 18, 2019
7:00 pm

The Mostly Opera Company
"Prince Orlofsky's Gala Party"

St. Luke's Episcopal Church

232 Wyoming Ave
Scranton, PA 18510

Soprano Julie Ziavras will join the cast of Mostly Opera in a program of Act 2 of Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss which features a big gala party in which the cast will perform opera and musical theater as part of the celebration. The orchestral ensemble is led by Music Director Linda Houck at the piano with Artistic Direction by Helene Tinsley.

Tickets $20 for adults and $10 for students and are available at the door. Free parking. For additional information visit, email: mostlyoperasings@gmail or call: 570-702-4356.


August 10, 2019
9 pm

Greek Concert celebrating the poet
Nikos Gatsos


SW Acadia,
north of Kalamata

August 23, 2019
9:30 pm

Greek Concert

Neos Skopos
(East of Serres)
Central Macedonia

Soprano Julie Ziavras will join the eminent Greek singer Yiannis Thomopoulos in a musical concert celebrating the poet/lyricist Nikos Gatsos, with songs by Manos Hadjidakis, Mikis Theodorakis, Stavros Xarchoskos and others. The concert is accompanied by a musical ensemble with Aimilios Koumanis, bouzouki, mandolin, Vassilis Tzamouranis, bouzouki, Yiorgos Pantazopoulos, piano and the well known singer Yiannis Thomopoulos, who enjoys an extensive concert career and has a large discography in this genre. Video editing by Anna Resvani.

The concert on August 10 at 9:00 pm takes place in the school in the picturesque village of Akovos in the Taygetus mountains, located just north of Kalamata in the Peleponnese. The concert is free and open to the public.

The concert on August 23 is organized by the Orpheus Society of Neo Skopos and is sponsored by the mayor of Neo Skopos Emmanouil Pappas. It takes place the opening night of a week long festival which includes dancing groups from various regions of Greece, theater groups, a musical tribute to the classical composer Nikos Astrinides (whose family was from Skopos in Eastern Thrace) and culminates in the Hagios Prodromos feast. Julie's grandmother was a Greek born in 1903 in the town of Skopos, located in Eastern Thrace, Turkey and was a survivor of the expulsion of the Greeks from the area in 1916, after which she emigrated to the US. Tickets for the concert are 5 euros and the proceeds go towards improvements to the Orpheus Heritage Hall located in Neo Skopos.


September 21, 2019
3:00 pm

Mass of Consecration
for Bishop elect
Anthony Green

Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit
57 Hurlbut Street
Albany, NY
Soprano Julie Ziavras will sing the Mass of Consecration for bishop elect Anthony Green in the Catholic Apostolic Church.


September 22, 2019
3:00 pm

The Grand Montgomery Chamber Music Series presents
"Enchantments for a Sunday Afternoon"
with Broadway composer
Steve Margoshes,

Montgomery Senior Center
36 Bridge Street
Montgomery, NY 12549

Soprano Julie Ziavras will join pianist, Broadway composer and arranger Steve Margoshes, composer/pianist Ada Margoshes and baritone Elex Vann in a program of works by Sondheim, Webber and Steve and Ada Margoshes. Featured are songs and duets from Webber's Phantom of the Opera, Sondheim's Company, Barnum and Follies, classical piano works by Debussy and Poulenc for 4 hands, the premiere of a song by Steve Margoshes, songs from Ada Margoshes' show The Little Prince and an arrangement medley of songs from Cirque du Soleil by Steve Margoshes.

The concert is free and open to the public as part of the Grand Montgomery Chamber Music Series. Visit


November 17, 2019
4:00 pm

Mostly Opera presents
"Mostly Opera goes Cabaret"

Madame Jenny's
(inside Ale Mary's)

126 Franklin Ave
Scranton, PA 18510

Soprano Julie Ziavras will join the cast of Mostly Opera in a cabaret program of Dynamic Duos, the music of Lerner & Loewe and Rodgers & Hammerstein. The orchestral ensemble is led by Music Director Linda Houck at the piano with Artistic Direction by Anne Marie Dupre.


December 22, 2019
10:00 am

Christmas Mass

Ellis Residential Central Chapel
600 McClellan Street
Schenectady, NY 12308

Ken and Julie will sing the Apostolic Catholic Christmas Mass with Bp. Anthony W. Green, M.Div., BCC officiating. The Mass will include special Christmas music and an original Christmas song by Ken. All are welcome.

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