The Hellenic and Near Eastern Musical Society Orchestra T M

Founded in 2000 by Christos and Mary Papoutsy,
this unique orchestra is thrilling audiences across the New England region.  With its acousticsound and repertoire of folk music and traditional favorites, the  orchestra is part of a great tradition of Greek-American music-making. Its members include some of the region's most gifted interpreters of Hellenic and Near Eastern music, as well as new talent.

The orchestra has performed music by such noted Greek composers and performers as Hatzidakis, Theodorakis, Markopoulos, Moschos, Tsitsanis, Dalaras, Alexiou, and Glykeria. The 27-piece orchestra includes violins, bouzoukia, guitars, trumpets, clarinets, flute, accordion, drums, piano, santouri, bass, and vocals. For concerts, concert-dances, and special events, the group offers its signature program, "Kyklos Musikis." Organizations interested in planning events may arrange to receive the ensemble's newly released double CD set with 25 songs at no charge by emailing our staff at


Performing Members
Fred Elias
Diana Ferros
Katerina Geomelos
Mike Geomelos
Michael Gregian
Dimitri Gribizis
Robert Herschbach
Barbara Hough
George Kaminaris
Larry Kontos
Nick Koustas
Kosta Maniatakos
John Marco
Steve Marks
Phil Nunez
Alex Panos
Andrea Papoutsy
Christos Papoutsy
Mikel Papoutsy
Tom Pappas
Chuck Samiotes
Dr. Edmond Telage
Sotiris Zorbas

Guest Performers
Marina Avraam
Mary Gamvas
George Kokoras
Georgia Kokoras
Nick Kokoras
Chuck Koustas
Charlie Makredes
George Makredes
Ross Richardson
Joanna Sfekas-Karvelas

Sound Engineering
Peter Buciak

Mary Papoutsy

Christos Papoutsy,

Mary Papoutsy,
Administrative Director

Fred Elias, Composer,

Grant Support
for performances from the Christos & Mary Papoutsy Charitable Foundation


Arlington Town Hall Resounds with Greek Music on 21 October 2006

Photo Gallery
Arlington, MA--21 October 2006

Audience Comments
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Upcoming Performances

October 26, 2013
Pavilion Oceanside Performance Hall
Salisbury, MA
Benefit performance for Holy Apostles GOC of Haverhill, MA
Details TBA

Previous Performances

Center for Cultural Exchange
Portland, Maine

Greek Orthodox Church
Keene Middle School Auditorium
Keene NH

St. Philip Greek Orthodox Church
Pearl Street Reunion
Nashua, NH

Hellenic Center
Dover, NH

St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church
Saco, ME

Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church
Portland, ME

Holy Apostles Sts. Peter and Paul Greek Orthodox Church
Haverhill, MA

St.Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church
Benefit performance for John C.
Rouman Classical Lecture Series
at the University of New Hampshire
Portsmouth, NH

St. George Cathedral
Manchester, NH

Hellenic Cultural Society
Worcester, MA

St. Athanasius the Great Greek Orthodox Church of Arlington, MA
Robbins Memorial Auditorium
Arlington, MA City Hall

Assumption Greek Orthodox Church
Capital Campaign Dinner-Dance
Lowell, MA

Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church
Newburyport, MA

Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church
Annual Dinner-Dance
Concord, NH

Taxiarchae Greek Orthodox Church
Pan-Macedonian Annual Concert
Watertown, MA

St. Sophia Cathedral
Cathedral Anniversary Celebration
Miama, FL

Florida Atlantic University
Boca Raton, FL

Pawtucket, RI

University of Connecticut
Storrs, CT

Hellenic Cultural Association
Lowell, MA

Lowell International Folk Music Festival
National Endowment for the Arts
Lowell, MA

October 21, 2006
St. Athansius the Great Greek Orthodox
Church, Arlington Town Hall, Arlington,
MA, Concert Read more

October 27, 2006
St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral
Radisson Center, Manchester, NH
Dinner/Concert/Dance Read more

November 4, 2006
Worcester Hellenic Arts Society
Cotsidas Cultural Center at St. Spyridon
Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Worcester,
MA, Dinner/Concert

Repository of Hellenic and
Near Eastern Music Records and Scores

The Hellenic and Near Eastern Musical Ensemble Society seeks contributions of old music records and/or musical scores. The society has plans to create an archival repository of folk music in order to preserve and safeguard these cultural treasures. From these archives they will develop instructional sets of musical scores and CDs which they will make available to musicians and to the general public. Eventually they expect to develop a web site on the Internet from which interested persons may download these tutorial sets.

Persons who wish to donate old record, tape, or sheet music collections will receive full credit for their contributions to this important undertaking. To facilitate and encourage donations of unused collections, the society will underwrite payment for the shipping of collections to its repository. For additional details or to make arrangements for a contribution, please email our staff at
How to Contact or Book the Orchestra

Organizations interested in planning events may contact the society's office or arrange to receive the ensemble's double CD set with 25 songs at no charge by emailing requests ( or by mailing them to our staff (Hellenic & Near Eastern Musical Society Orchestra, PO Box 710, Rye Beach, NH 03871)

(Revised 08 December 2006, 15 September 2013.)


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