Rebetiki Istoria

presented by UMSL International Studies and Programs

  • Nov 12 , 2017
  • $25
  • Seniors $15 | Students/Youth $10



    UMSL Student and Employee discounts available for this performance. Please visit the Touhill Ticket Office with UMSL ID after the single ticket on sale date for more information and to purchase discounted tickets. 

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REBETIKI ISTORIA - the name means "Rebetika History" - is a leading Greek traditional music group specializing in early-style rebetika. Rebetika is one of the oldest genres of Greek urban popular song. Often characterized as "the blues of Greece," the music expresses the hardship and joys of everyday life including topics life love, loss and poverty. At times, the music was censored and its musicians ostracized, and at times it was lauded as the greatest expression of Greek music and culture. 

For 35 years, Rebetiki Istoria has led the rebetiko revival, producing authentic rebetika performances reminiscent of the earliest rebetika stars. The group maintains an extraordinary repertoire including popular rebetika songs like "Cloudy Sunday" and little-known gems like "The Orphans Sorrow." The musicians combine stunning musicianship with technical accuracy, emotional intensity and delicate sensitivity. Few musicians capture the style and complexity of the early recordings like Rebetiki Istoria.

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  • Rebetiki Istoria
    Sunday, November 12, 2017 - 3:00 PM Add to cal
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