"This was a man who understood the potency of music and words, who harnessed that capacity to change a nation not just at a moment in time but over decades.. He was imprisoned, tortured and exiled, yet continued to compose even from a prison cell." So wrote John Kotzas, QPAC's chief executive.
And there was a palpable buzz of excitement in the audience. Beside me, an elegant young woman in a white trouser suit chatted in Greek to her designer-dressed boyfriend and in front of me, a husband, wife and two children, also chatting in Greek. Behind me, an elderly man, with a granddaughter- you've guessed it, also talking in Greek.