Only On Sunday II

Mariangela Chatzistamatiou

Only On Sunday II

Ellie Falaris Ganelin | photo: Mariangela Chatzistamatiou

Only On Sunday II

Maria Bessmeltseva

Only On Sunday II

Pantelis Polychronidis

Only On Sunday II

Michael Malis and Alekos Syropoulos

Only On Sunday II





Only On Sunday II

Greek Chamber Music Project

  • $25 Assigned Rows 1-2
  • $15 Assigned Rows 3-5
  • $10 General Admission
  • $5 Student
  • Mariangela Chatzistamatiou, soprano
  • Pantelis Polychronidis, piano
  • Ellie Falaris Ganelin, flute
  • Alekos Syropoulos, saxophone
  • Maria Bessmeltseva, violin
  • Michael Malis, piano

Event Details

The Greek Chamber Music Project returns for its annual appearance at Kerrytown Concert House, shedding light on lesser-known chamber music works from the Greek world. Enjoy a contrast of newer territory with works by Dinos Constantinides, Dimitris Dragatakis and Michael Malis, as well as a unique spin on familiar songs by Manos Hadjidakis and others. The concert offers a rare opportunity to hear this repertoire performed outside of Greece.

This performance is co-sponsored by the Modern Greek Program at the University of Michigan, presented with additional support by the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.


Special guest Dr. Yona Stamatis will present a pre-concert lecture on the program at 1 p.m. A postdoctoral fellow in Ethnomusicology at Kalamazoo College, Dr. Stamatis will explore what is distinctly Greek about the music:

It Sounds Greek To Me, But Why?

Greek Chamber Music Project Pre-Concert Lecture
Sunday, April 1, 2012 at 1 p.m.


Dr. Stamatis is a postdoctoral fellow in Ethnomusicology at Kalamazoo College where she teaches American and world music. Her research focus is traditional Greek song with a specific focus on rebetiko performance in the context of the contemporary Greek crisis. As a Fulbright scholar and again as a Tsangadas Fellow, she researched rebetika in Athens, Greece where she also performed violin and bouzouki with famed rebetiko band Rebetiki Istoria. In 2011, she successfully defended her dissertation “Rebetiko Nation: Hearing Pavlos Vassiliou's Alternative Greekness in Rebetiko Song.”



Dimitris Dragatakis – Sonata No. 1 for Violin and Piano

Dinos Constantinides – Homage - A Folk Concerto for Flute and Piano

Michael Malis – Ousak

Songs by Manos Hadjidakis, Stavros Xarhakos, Yiannis Spanos and more!

Mariangela Chatzistamatiou

Soprano Mariangela Chatzistamatiou was born and raised in Greece where she received her fundamental vocal training. She has traveled throughout Europe and the Balkans participating in ethnic and folk music festivals, as a member of various major traditional music groups and orchestras. She holds degrees from Bowling Green State University, Modern Conservatory of Thessaloniki, Greece, Università per Stranieri di Perugia in Italy and Université Paris Sorbonne in Paris. She holds a master’s degree  in voice from Bowling Green State University.

As a classically trained vocalist, she made her professional debut at the age of 21 when she performed the role of the 3rd Boy in Mozart’s “Die Zauberflöte” at the National Theater of Northern Greece. She has also served as a member of the theater’s chorus and appeared in operas as “Don Giovanni,” “Un Ballo in Maschera,” “Tosca” and more. During her residency in Bowling Green, Ms. Chatzistamatiou has been included in the cast of several Bowling Green Opera Theater productions including the opera “La virtu de’ strali D’amore” in collaboration with the Eastman School of Music and a recent production of "L’incoronazione di Poppea." Ms. Chatzistamatiou also holds degrees in Photography and works as a freelance photographer having participated in several group photography exhibitions and independent publications in Greece and France.

Pantelis Polychronidis

Dr. Pantelis Polychronidis is a collaborative pianist, educator and scholar, who performs regularly in both Europe and the U.S. He is currently on the piano faculty at the Institute for the International Education of Students (IES), Vienna and a visiting scholar at the Modern Greek Program of the University of Michigan. He received his Bachelor in Musical Studies from the University of Athens with emphasis on ethnomusicology and historical musicology. He obtained his master’s in solo and collaborative piano from Bowling Green State University, Ohio. He went on to obtain a DMA from the University of Michigan, where he studied with Martin Katz. During his U.S. studies, Polychronidis was supported by a Fulbright and an Onassis scholarship. He is completing two postdoctoral programs at the University for Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, in Lied accompanying and chamber music with Charles Spencer and Roswitha Heintze, respectively.

He has participated in numerous masterclasses and workshops with such renowned artists as Lazar Berman, Paul Badura Skoda, Nikolai Petrov, Helmut Deutsch, Graham Johnson, Wolfram Rieger, Rudolph Jansen, Margo Garrett, Erik Schneider, Roger Vignoles and others. He is in-demand as a collaborative pianist and coach, and has performed in Austria, Germany, Greece, Holland and the U.S. His current major project is an evening-long recital with settings of C. P. Cavafy poems by several composers, which will take place on six U.S. campuses in April 2012.

Ellie Falaris Ganelin

Ellie Falaris Ganelin is a flutist with an engaging stage presence and a unique array of influences. While being classically trained, she has explored styles such as jazz, Latin, Brazilian music and rock. She received double degrees in music and journalism from the University of Maryland, where she studied with William Montgomery and Kathleen Trahan. While in college, Ms. Ganelin performed in the university’s symphony and wind orchestras, as well as a Latin jazz ensemble. She has performed and recorded with an indie pop band called the 1959 Hat Company, based in Toledo, Ohio. She has also been active with Opera on Tap, a group that performs classical music in fun, informal settings.

Ms. Ganelin's most recent pursuit is the Greek Chamber Music Project, uncovering little-known classical works by Greek composers. In collaboration with a number of young, talented artists and co-sponsorship from the Modern Greek Department at the University of Michigan, the debut concert sold out. 

Alekos Syropoulos

Alekos Syropoulos is a young saxophonist, composer, and educator who recently set foot into the Ann Arbor and Detroit music scenes. Currently a junior at the University of Michigan, Alekos majors in jazz performance for saxophone and is receiving teaching certification. He currently studies with Andrew Bishop and Ellen Rowe, but he hopes to continue studying with other great faculty members such as Geri Allen, Ellen Rowe, and Bob Hurst at the U of M School of Music. Alekos Syropoulos was raised in Miami, Florida and became seriously involved in music after he attended the great New World School of the Arts. During his time at NWSA, he had the great opportunity to study with Gary Keller and Tom McCormick. However, he and his family unexpectedly moved to Philadelphia shortly after a year. Nonetheless, the vibrant music scene drew him quickly in as he performed with his high school jazz band in several jazz festival competitions, the Philadelphia UARTS Grammy Jazz Ensemble for three consecutive years, the Peter Nero Jazz Academy, and several local gigs and jam sessions. While residing in Philadelphia, he had the opportunity to study privately with Larry McKenna and Tony Salicondro. From his time from middle school to college at the U of M, Alekos has been fortunate enough to share the stage with the following artists: Ron McCurdy, Jason Carder, James Moody, Terrell Stafford, Larry McKenna, Dave Liebman, John Hollenbeck, Andrew Bishop, Christian McBride, and Ingrid Jensen. He hopes to continue performing and composing music of all kinds while still pursuing his academic studies at the University of Michigan. 

Maria Bessmeltseva

From an early age, Russian-born violinist Dr. Maria Bessmeltseva has performed in the concert halls of Russia, Poland, Lithuania, Italy, Canada and the United States. She had appeared as a soloist with the Symphony of the Mountains in Tennessee, Firelands Symphony in Ohio and Hot Springs Music Festival Orchestra in Arkansas. Dr. Bessmeltseva emerged on the celebrated stages of the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Carnegie Hall, Glinka Philharmonic Chamber Hall, as well as at the St. Petersburg State Capella as a soloist and orchestra member. Dr. Bessmeltseva has also appeared on the local community TV and radio stations in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.; Rutland, Vt. and South Hadley, Mass.

Dr. Bessmeltseva is a frequent prizewinner in competitions around the U.S., including the Elizabeth Harper Vaughn Concerto Competition, the Eighth Annual Hellam Young Artists' Competition, Firelands Symphony Concerto Competition and Joan and Daniel Rutenberg International Chamber Music Competition. She has also presented chamber music recitals collaborating with such artists such as Theodore Arm, Brinton Smith, Tom Kraines, Christoph Huebner, Lydia Frumkin and Yehonatan Berick.

Michael Malis

Michael Malis is a jazz pianist and composer from the Detroit area. He graduated with Distinction from the University of Michigan, where he studied Jazz Piano and English. While at U of M, he had the pleasure of studying with the eminent jazz pianist Geri Allen. In 2008, he was a featured soloist at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., as part of their ongoing “Conservatory Project.”

As a composer, he recently won "Best Original Score" in the 2011 Lightworks Film Festival for his score for the short film "Slash/Fiction". He is currently working on scoring another short film, and is also writing music for a theater production. He performs regularly in the Detroit area, both in his own group and as a sideman in various groups. Although he is schooled in the jazz tradition, Malis keeps himself broad by playing in a wide varitey of groups. He currently plays keyboards for SomeOthaShip Connect's MC Kadence, and has shared the stage with a diverse array of artists, including Douglas Ewart, Vincent York, Michele Ramo, and Vincent Chandler. In July 2011, Malis, along with Alekos Syropoulos, performed a special concert bridging traditional Greek music with the American jazz tradition.