New York.- by: Nick Katsoris
It was a magical evening on Friday, October 7, as acclaimed songstress Nadia Weinberg, accompanied by the Soloists of the Orchestra of Athens, dazzled the crowd at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College. The benefit concert, sponsored through the generosity of John & Margo Catsimatidis, raised funds for the victims of Hurricane Katrina and the Hellenic Times Scholarship Fund.
Weinberg, who arrived in New York from Greece just hours before showtime due to airport delays, took the stage by storm with a high energy performance showing no signs of jetlag. She belted out 21 classic selections in six different languages, Greek, English, Italian, French, Spanish and Hebrew, including “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina,” “La Vie en Rose,” and “Aspro Peristeri.” Moreover, Nadia’s Mira Sorvino-like looks and Barbra Streisand like voice captivated the crowd. In fact, the audience applauded her with several standing ovations for her powerful voice.
John Catsimatidis lead off the program by welcoming the crowd and expressing the importance of helping causes like the victims of Hurricane Katrina and the HTSF. John then introduced Emmy winning FOX-5 News anchor Ernie Anastos, who generously took time to lend a hand as he has done for the community time and time again. Anastos echoed John’s sentiments about helping those in need and then proceeded to introduce Nadia and her orchestra.
Born to a Greek mother and a Jewish father, Nadia has wooed audiences around the world at over 250 concerts including venues like the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol and the Athens Concert Hall. The New York Times has called her “a muse,” and she has been invited by Prince Charles to perform in London and President Bill Clinton to perform in Washington, DC. Weinberg’s performance at the Kaye Playhouse was her first stop on a seven city U.S. tour.
Following the concert, John & Margo Catsimatidis invited the entire audience back to the Hall at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral for a plentiful reception.
The packed theater included:
Ernie Anastos and Kelly Anastos. Fox network anchor
Israel Consulate, Ambassador Arye Mekel
Andre’ Gregory, Latsis Worldwide Group
Ambassador Loucas Tsilas, Onassis Foundation
Federal Judge Nicholas Tsoucalas
Father Robert and Nicky Stephanopoulos, directors of the Greek Orthodox Cathedral and parents of ABC Sunday morning host, George Stephanopoulos.
Also supporting the concert were among others; Michael and Mary Jaharis, Kos Pharmaceutical and Ted and Themis Dimon, parents of top banker, Jamie Dimon.