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Petros Gaitanos Guest Entertainer - 10th Annual Awards Gala - Saturday, June 16, 2012


Petros Gaitanos' musical creations have thrilled audiences all across the world.  This renowned singer and songwriter is known for transforming the enlightening power of centuries-old Byzantine music for the enjoyment of today's modern-day audiences.  


You will have an opportunity to hear the remarkable music of Petros Gaitanos at the PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation's 10th Anniversary Awards Ceremony and Gala on June 16th at the Merle Reskin Theatre and Hilton Chicago.  On that day, the Foundation will award $250,000 in scholarships to 40 of the “best and brightest” college stars in the U.S.  Greek American community.


“We are delighted to have Petros as our guest entertainer for the Annual Gala,” says Chris P. Tomaras, Chairman of the PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation.  He is a phenomenal entertainer who appeals to a wide range of audiences.  Petros joins our stellar cast at the event, along with Paradigm Award Recipient, Alexander Payne and Dean Richards of WGN TV & Radio as our Master of Ceremonies,” expressed Mr. Tomaras.


Petros Gaitanos was born in Drama, Greece.  He studied at the Hellenic Conservatory in Athens where he received his degree in Byzantine and European Music.  One of his instructors was the well-respected master of music, Manolis Hatzimarcos.  Petros' award winning album the Ninth Hour (Hora Enati) marked the beginning of his artistic passion for recording Byzantine music. 


With over 20 studio albums, Petros has enjoyed success with numerous best-selling CD's.  He has collaborated with some of the world's most celebrated composers and lyricists including Yiannis Spanos, Christos Nicolopoulos, Arletta, Dionysis Tsaknis, Lavrendis Maheritsas, and Mikis Theodorakis. 


Petros has also lent his talents to film and theatre projects, including the1995 film “Orpheus & Eurydice.”  He has served as the artistic director of the Karipeion Melathron in Thessaloniki, Greece, a historic Ottoman-era building, which now serves as the home to the Institute of National and Religious Studies. Petros has recorded music representing many different cultural regions, including Asia Minor, Constantinople, the Aegean, and Pontus.  For more information on Petros Gaitanos, click here.


The PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation is pleased to have such a talented singer and songwriter as its guest entertainer.  We welcome Petros Gaitanos to Chicago and look forward to his performance at the Annual Awards Ceremony and Gala.  For more information about the event and to make your reservations, click here or call (312) 357-6432.