Called the “powerhouse tenor,” by PBS, Mario Frangoulis makes his San Francisco debut on Friday April 4 at 8:00 p.m. at a one-night-only performance at the historic Nourse Auditorium (275 Hayes Street, San Francisco). Mario was voted “Best Male Classical Crossover Artist of 2011” and known around the world for his philanthropic endeavors, Mario Frangoulis will enchant San Francisco with his electrifying voice and stunning charisma.
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“I love San Francisco. It has a pioneering spirit and unique culture of openness that makes its doors open for everyone. Being born in Africa, raised in Greece and having lived all over the world, I believe in the richness that diversity brings to society. This is why I love to sing in many languages… a language embodies a culture and I have learned so much about the world through my music and through singing in different languages. San Francisco has this kind of spirit for me…” said Frangoulis.
A portion of proceeds from Frangoulis’ spring concert series will support “Apostoli” (Mission), run by the Greek Orthodox Church and the International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC), providing food, housing and health care to families in Greece struggling in the wake of the severe economic crisis plaguing his homeland. He is supported in this endeavor by two major local Greek-American organizations: UHAS (United Hellenic American Societies of Northern California) who are major partners for the event, and the prestigious Elios Charitable Foundation who honored Frangoulis in 2013 with the Elios “Award of Excellence.” He has also partnered up with KQED who recently aired his successful live concert with the legendary Boston Pops Orchestra and maestro Keith Lockhart conducting. KQED supporters can get special tickets to what will be an inspiring international journey of music, sung in 5 languages (English, Spanish, Italian, French and Greek).
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Described as “Bocelli with a twist,” Frangoulis is known for his unique ability to belt out everything from an operatic aria to a booming rock anthem, and is consistently ranked at the top of the genre alongside Andrea Bocelli and Josh Groban. Frangoulis has headlined concerts around the world, performing with musical icons such as Placido Domingo, Lara Fabian, Sarah Brightman, and Justin Hayward. As part of his “Beautiful Things” tour launched last spring, Frangoulis will dazzle audiences with an international repertoire of music that showcases his vast musical range.
Mario Frangoulis was born in Africa but raised in Greece, after violence in the former Rhodesia separated him from his parents. He later graduated from London’s prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He was discovered by the legendary producer Cameron Mackintosh and was cast as Marius in the theater production of Les Miserables, scheduled to return to Broadway this March. Frangoulis also won the role of Tony (out of 4,000 people who auditioned) in the only production of West Side Story ever presented at the famous La Scala in Milan. He has recorded 15 solo albums and a myriad of compilation albums. In 2007, he joined forces with other superstars like Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, Natalie Merchant and Madeleine Peyroux in support of a compilation album called “Give Us Your Poor,” to raise money for a national campaign to end homelessness in the USA. Because of his own challenges as a child, he devotes much of his time and talents to organizations that assist children…as the Global Ambassador of The Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, which provides privately funded scholarships to the highest risk, highest potential children in the US and Canada, and the World Centers of Compassion for Children International for refugee children in Europe, founded by Nobel Peace Laureate Betty Williams.
Mario has released three albums internationally: Sometimes I Dream (2002), Follow Your Heart (2005), and Beautiful Things (2013 overseas, with US release scheduled for this spring). He will perform many of his greatest hits, including the powerful “Vincero Perdero,” (over 850,000 YouTube views), “Nights in White Satin” (over 1,200,000 YouTube views, recorded as a duet with Justin Hayward of the Moody Blues)…his moving interpretation of “Daybreak”, written exclusively for him by the late Robin Gibb…the inspirational “Here’s to the Heroes”, performed for the first time at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens…the beautiful ballad “A Hero is Inside”, recorded as a duet with Vanessa Williams…and the magnificent “Maria”, an ode to Frangoulis’ muse, the great Maria Callas. (Frangoulis was the recipient of the coveted Maria Callas Scholarship.) This inspiring international repertoire in 5 languages (English, Spanish, Italian, French and Greek) will be a signature “Mario Frangoulis” performance — reaching across languages and cultures to bring people together through beautiful and inspiring music.