Founded in 1981, by Kostas Sotiropoulos, the Hellenic Five specializes in music for the traditional cultures of Greek people. Their extensive repetoire includes traditional folk dance music to the contemporary music heard in Athens today.
The Hellenic Five has performed throughout the United States, Canada and was invited to perform on a ten day tour of Greece by the late Melina Mercouri, former international actress and Minister of Cultural Affairs in Greece. Other venues of note include The International Festivals of Music in Vancouver, Chicago and Rockford, The Chicago Cultural Center, The Art Institute, The Medinah Temple, several major colleges and universities throughout the United States, the Democratic Convention in Atlanta, fundraising and celebratory events for Greek-American political figures, entertaining fans of the Chicago Bulls at the United Center pre-game ceremonies, live performances on WLUP 98 FM and WNUR 89.3 FM, several Carribean Cruises, The Museum of Natural History, The Hellenic Museum, The Governor’s Mansion in Springfield, Illinois
The Hellenic Five has also appeared on CBS’s Early Edition in an episode entitled “Run, Gary, Run” and on the Food Network with Bobby Flay. Their original music was also featured in both appearances.
Locally, the Hellenic Five plays for many “Greek Nights”, festivals, night clubs and restaurants. Venues include Grant Park’s Summer Dance, Park West, Excalibur, a long stint at Cairo every Wednesday night for 5 1/2 years was one of the Club’s most popular evenings, Pegasus Rooftop for 3 years, Kallisto, Byzantium and Barrel Café. At the Chicago Cultural Center, The Hellenic Five gave performances in tribute to Melina Mercouri, Yiannis Ritsos and Stelios Kazantzidis.
The Hellenic Five is in demand when it comes to backing up singers and dance groups that come to the United States from Greece.
The Hellenic Five has also played for many charitable organizations and benefits such as The Leukemia Society and The AIDS Foundation. They are also especially sensitive when it comes to helping raise money for children, who come here from Greece and other countries abroad, needing operations and or transplants. Instrumentation includes bouzouki, clarinet, guitar/bass guitar, keyboards, drums, percussion and vocalists.
The Hellenic Five has a CD of eleven original songs. Members of the group can also be heard on Jim Stoynoff’s “ Return to Our Roots”, numerous recordings by other recording artists and are now in the studio for their next album.
Hellenic Five has become the Greek enterainment choice for a wide variety of
special events. Whether your group is 20 or 2000, The Hellenic Five will deliver high
quality, high energy, highly appropriate music designed to insure the best musical
entertainment for your dollar.
To contact The Hellenic Five call: Kostas Sotiropoulos @ 773-685-2929