Celebrating 50 years as a performer, world-renowned singer, Nana Mouskouri will perform at Casino New Brunswick’s Event Centre in Moncton, as part of her “Happy Birthday Tour”, on Thursday, April 10, 2014.
Mouskouri will kick off her world tour in her homeland of Athens, Greece on her birthday, October 13, 2013. The tour, which sees her perform in Canada for the first time since 2007, has the highly acclaimed singer performing jazz, pop, classical, folk and world music in many languages and promoting her latest album, Rendez Vous (2011).
Mouskouri’s interests span a broad spectrum, including her involvement in UNICEF and becoming a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, her election as a Member of European Parliament and especially, her deep interest in the French language. She has left a significant footprint on the Quebec culture because of her attachment to the French Language.
Mouskouri released her first record in 1958 and in 1962, became well known with the song “The White Rose of Athens” beginning her career as an international singer.
Her first show in Canada was in Quebec in 1965 and up until 2006, she returned to the area to perform fairly regularly. Her affection for the citizens of Quebec led her to perform classic Quebec pieces, such as “Je reviens chez nous” by Jean-Pierre Ferland, on some of the biggest stages around the world.
Mouskouri, who now lives in Switzerland, received the National Honour of Quebec yesterday from the Premier of the province, Pauline Marois, for humanitarian work as well as her career. On Friday she’ll receive an honorary degree from McGill University.
In 1993, Mouskouri was named UNICEF “International Goodwill Ambassador”. One of Mouskouri’s missions was to bring attention to, and protect, children affected by war and violence around the world. At her concerts and media interviews, she often urges the public to support UNICEF.
Elected to the Greek New Democracy party, she sat in the European Parliament from 1994 to 1999, accepting the position as a true honour. A philanthropist and a patron, in 1994 she created the foundation “Focus on Hope”, through which she has truly shown her generosity.
Tickets for the Moncton show go on sale this Friday, May 31 at 10 am. Tickets start at $59.99 (plus tax and applicable surcharge) and are available at the Casino Gift Shop (located at 21 Casino Drive in Moncton, exit #450 off the Trans-Canada Highway), by calling 1-866-943-8849 and online at casinonb.ca/casino.
Showtime is 8 pm and doors open at 7 pm.
Casino New Brunswick is a full-service casino, event centre, hotel and spa. It features over 550 slot machines, 20 gaming tables, (including a private poker room with five tables), as well as a variety of restaurants and lounges. In addition to its luxurious hotel and spa with 126 rooms and suites, the complex also offers a multi-purpose entertainment centre. The Centre presents events year-round and since opening its doors on May 4th, 2010, the venue has hosted several sold-out shows in its 2500-seat concert venue. Casino New Brunswick is wheelchair accessible and features extensive car and RV parking.