The whole of the Greek speaking and philhellene world is reeling from the death of the great composer Mikis Theodorakis who leaves behind him not only an enormous cultural legacy with his musical works, but also from his public life.
Theodorakis created masterpieces that spoke of individual and social struggle of the times in which he lived. He freely imparted his political views and created music that spoke to the masses in his homeland of Greece and also to people around the world.
Whilst his music knows no borders, Theodorakis advocacy and public life in Greece and on behalf of the Greek people is well documented and eventually led to a stint in the Greek parliament.
He first visited Australia in 1972 touring with Maria Farantouri and Petros Pandis.
He toured once again in 1995 with both concert series heralded.
His music however was a constant visitor to our shores with many visiting Greek artists including his music in their repertoire.
Most recently, his music featured heavily in the Songs of Liberation concerts paying tribute to the great Greek composers which toured Australia.
Our deepest condolences to those he has left behind.
We will remember him and sing his songs forever.