Greek Cultural Evening


Location: DeBartolo Performing Arts Center (View on

Trio Levante with Kostas Challoumas

Reception 4 p.m.
Concert and Lecture at 5 p.m.

Join the Byzantine Studies Program and the Medieval Institute for a Greek Cultural Evening! The main event is a concert by the group Trio Levante with Kostas Challoumas, joined by singer Erini Tornesaki, together with a lecture given by Greek-American ethnomusicologist Panayotis League (Harvard). The concert starts at 5 p.m. and will be preceded by an opening reception at 4 p.m. in DPAC. 

This is a free but ticketed event; tickets will be available through DPAC in the early fall.


The music band Trio Levante was formed in Nicosia, Cyprus, in November 2014 by the musicians Petros Kouloumis (vocals; lute; guitar), Pavlos Michaelides (violin; vocals) and Pantelis Ionas (banjo; guitar; oud; vocals). It has been a number of years now that all three musicians are devoted to smyrneiko and Greek pre-war rebetiko, by taking part in various other music bands.

Out of love and admiration for the great legacy of the Smyrna school of Rebetiko, Petros, Pavlos and Pantelis aim at a further exploration of this music period; hence they start from the most precise approximation of the old sound and singing performance, as well as the simplicity of musical instruments in the music recorded by the great masters of the period. The aim is for the audience to get in touch with the music variety, the composers and the music performers of the time, via the purity, authenticity and expressive honesty advocated by Trio Levante.

After many successful performances dedicated to Panayiotis Tountas, Demetris Semsis, Ioannis Dragatsis, Gregoris Asikis, Vangelis Papazoglou and others, Trio Levante continue with a number of performances cooperating along the way with well established musicians of this era such as Katerina Papadopoulou, Demetris Mystakides, Areti Ketime and Sofia Papazoglou.

Trio Levante's first album has been released in December 2017.


Eirini Tornesaki

Eirini Tornesaki (aka Erini) is a vocalist, born and raised in Heraklion, Crete, Greece. Erini was the original singer of the Cirque Du Soleil show “Kurios,” touring for 3 years in Canada and the USA. She completed 1,074 shows and performed on the soundtrack, DVD and Day Time Emmy Award-winning VR short film. She has collaborated with Luciana Souza, Bary Manilow, James Bay, Nick Pitera, Christos Zotos, and Mario Frangoulis, amongst others, and has performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall, TD Garden, Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club, Abbey Road Studios, and more. As a child Erini studied piano, cello, performed in a string orchestra and a choir. In 2012, she completed a Bachelor at BIMM in Brighton, England. She has performed the US National Anthem for the Boston Celtics, the Chicago Cubs and the Washington Nationals. She also performs Greek Folk music with the "Pharos Ensemble."