Performances

Selected Performance Credits:

  • Takoma Park Singers perform world premiere of David’s Town (SATB a cappella) by David Frye, arr. James Kellaris, in Washington, DC area 2016 Winter Holiday Concert. Carole Whittam conducting. December 9, 2016.
  • CMSA orchestra performs Kalamazoo Swag in King of Prussia, PA. Dr. Jim Bates conducting. November 5, 2016.
  • New American Mandolin Ensemble performs Philoxenia (world premiere) at the 45th Festival Internacional de Plectro de la Rioja, with concert appearances at the Museo Würth in Agoncilla, the hermitage in Soto en Cameros, Theatro Gran Coliseo in Fuenmayor, and at the festival closing concert at the Sala Gonzalo de Berceo in Logroño, Spain. August 22-27, 2016.
  • Mark & Beverly Davis perform Slain by Somnolence at the New York International Mandolin Festival, Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, Hunter College, CUNY, New York, New York. July 15, 2016.
  • The Providence Mandolin Orchestra performs The Kalamazoo Suite at Lily Pads, Peace Dale, RI. May 15, 2016.
  • Rene Izquiero conducts Carlo Aonzo’s Manhattan Workshop orchestra in the NY premiere of the Kalamazoo Swag at Flamenco Latino, New York, New York. April 17, 2016.
  • Dr. Robert Margo performs Dimitris Ohrwürmer in Hingham, MA. April 17, 2016.
  • Providence Mandolin Orchestra performs The Kalamazoo Suite in the Rehoboth Antiquarian Society Arts in the Village series at Goff Memorial Hall, Rehoboth, MA. April 9, 2016.
  • MIB (Mandolins in Brisbane) performs Chrysopylae Reflections at St. Paul’s Church, Spring Hill, Queensland, Australia. Joel Woods conducting, November 14 & 15, 2015.
  • Olivia Duffy (mandolin) and Rene Berblinger (classical guitar) perform Choro for Olivia at Brazilian First Sunday, Portland, Oregon, November 8, 2015.
  • Mark Davis (mandolin) and Beverly Davis (classical guitar) perform Slain by Somnolence at the Hingham Sundays Sounds Series at the Hingham Public Library in Hingham, MA. Sponsored by the Boston Classical Guitar Society. November 8, 2015.
  • November 1 – The combined Brisbane Mandolin Orchestra and Queensland Mandolin Ensemble perform Chrysopylae Reflections at Old Government House in Brisbane, Australia (Queensland premiere). Joel Woods conducting, November 1, 2015.
  • Providence Mandolin Orchestra performs The Kalamazoo Suite at the Sandywoods Center for the Arts in Tiverton, MA. Mark Davis conducting, October 30, 2015.
  • l’Orchestra a plettro Sanvitese performs The Kalamazoo Swag in San Vito Tagliamente, Italy, M.° Giovanni Sperandio conducting, October 18, 2015.
  • Mark & Beverly Davis perform Slain by Somnolence, duet for classical mandolin and guitar, at the Classical Mandolin Society of America national conference in Austin, TX, October 17, 2015.
  • Austin Mandolin Orchestra performs Persephonia I and Persephonia II (world premiere) at the Classical Mandolin Society of America national conference in Austin, TX. Joel Hobbs conducting. October 15, 2015.
  • Dr. Robert Margo performs Dimitris Orhwürmer for solo classical mandolin (world premiere) at the Classical Mandolin Society of America national conference in Austin, TX, October 15, 2015.
  • Queensland Mandolin Ensemble performs Chrysopylae Reflections in the Music in the Gallery concert series at the Logan Art Gallery, Logan (Brisbane), Australia. Joel Woods conducting. August 22, 2015.
  • Federation of Australasia Mandolin Ensembles en masse orchestra performs Chrysopylae Reflections (Australian premiere) at the Sydney Mandolin Festival, Gillian Moore Center for the Performing Arts, Sydney, NSW, Australia, July 11, 2015.
  • l’Orchestra a plettro Sanvitese performs Kalamazoo Swag at Chiostro San Francesco, in Pordenone (Friuli, North Italy), on June 5, 2015, and in San Vito (Friuli, North Italy) on June 6, 2015. M° Giovanni Sperandio conducting.
  • Providence Mandolin Orchestra performs The Kalamazoo Suite in the Little River Music Series, Hampton, CT, on May 17, 2015, and at Park Place UCC in Pawtucket, RI, June 6. Mark Davis conducting.
  • Kalamazoo Mandolin and Guitar Orchestra and Dayton Mandolin Orchestra perform Choro for Olivia (orchestral version), Don’t You Marry A Man From Michigan (world premiere), The Kalamazoo Swag, and various arrangements, First Presbyterian Church, Yellow Springs, Ohio, April 25, 2015.
  • Austin Mandolin Orchestra, Persephonia (world premiere) on the Vox Novus Composers’ Voice series at the Blackerby Recital Hall, Austin, TX. Joel Hobbs conducting. March 8, 2015.
  • Olivia Duffy (mandolin) and Rene Berblinger (classical guitar), Choro for Olivia (world premiere, original version) at Brazilian First Sunday, Portland, Oregon, March 1, 2015.
  • Gravenstein Mandolin Ensemble performs Je te Veux (Satie, arr. Kellaris) at First Presbyterian Church in Petaluma, California, January 23, 2015.
  • Maestro Carlo Aonzo and l’Orchestra dell’Accademia Internazionale di Mandolino performs Chrysopylae Reflections at the Theatro della Fondazione Collegio San Carlo, Modena, Italy. January 10, 2015.
  • Choirs of HTSN Nativity Pageant, (world premiere) Ode of the Theotokos, for soprano solo, men’s chorus, and piano, Cincinnati Ohio, December 14, 2014.
  • KMGO, Ten seasonal pieces arranged for plucked string orchestra, Art Hop at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum, December 5, 2014.
  • Atlanta Mandolin Orchestra, Bring a Torch / I Saw Three Ships, Christmas at Callenwolde, Atlanta, Georgia, December 4, 2014.
  • Dayton Mandolin Orchestra, (world premiere) Choro for Olivia, at The Brick House, Frankfort, Ohio, November 30, 2014.
  • PMO, Leonhard’s Dream from the Kalamazoo Suite, Bread Box Theatre, St. Paul’s Church, Willimantic, CT, October 25, 2014.
  • Il Gruppo Mandolinistico Gandria, (Swiss premiere) Psaropoula per orchestra a pizzico, Chiesa di San Vigilio a Gandria, Lugano, Switzerland, May 11, 2014.
  • l’Orchestra dell’Accademia Internazionale di Mandolino (Italy), Chrysopylae Reflections, at the Spazio Espositivo Movicentro, Piazza Giovanni Paolo, Aqui Terme (Piedmont) Italy on March 16, 2014.
  • Mutinae Plectri (Modena, Italy), Kalamazoo Swag, at the Herberia theatre in Rubiera (Reggio Emilia) Italy on December 21, 2013.
  • DMO performances of Hapa Haole Holiday, Frankfort OH, November 30, 2014, Yellow Springs, OH, Dec. 15, 2013; Wyoming, OH December 20, 2013.
  • Choirs of HTSN Nativity Pageant, Agios o Theos, Cincinnati, OH, December 15, 2013.
  • Sinclair College Classical Guitar Ensemble, Christmas Time Is Here, (Vince Guaraldi, arr. J. Kellaris), Dayton, Ohio, December 11, 2013. Danny Voris, Director.
  • KMGO, I Want to Go Back to Michigan, (Irving Berlin 1914, arr. J. Kellaris 2013), Kalamazoo, MI, December 6, 2013, Kzoo Art Hop. Ron Cleveland, Tenor; Miles Kusik, conductor.
  • Piccola Orchestra Mutinae Plectri (European premiere) Kalamazoo Swag, Modena, Italy, October 11, 2013, Teatro Tempio.
  • Classical Mandolin Society of America en masse orchestra (Canadian premiere) Chrysopylae Reflections, Regina, SK, Canada, September 28, 2013, Regina Performing Arts Centre.
  • Orchestra dell’Accademia Internazionale Italiana di Mandolino Orchestra (European premiere) Chrysopylae Reflections, Bolzano/Bozen, Italy, August 24, 2013, Museion – Museo di arte moderna e contemporanea.
  • DMO (Mid-Western premiere) Chrysopylae Reflections, Dayton, OH, March 17, 2013, Dayton Art Institute, NCR Renaissance Auditorium.
  • PMO (East coast premiere) Chrysopylae Reflections, Providence, RI, Jan. 27, 2013.
  • SFMO (world premiere) Chrysopylae Reflections (2012). Tone poem for plucked string orchestra. Winner of the 2012 SFMO International New Music Composition Competition. May 19, 2012.
  • KMGO (world premiere) Kalamazoo Suite, Kzoo Valley Museum, May 20, 2012.
  • Dayton Mandolin Orchestra. Performances at Antioch University, Pittsburg Mandolin Society, Clifton Opera House, Troy-Hayner Cultural Center, and other venues (2011).
  • Incidental music for community theatre production of Anton Chekov’s “The Cherry Orchard,” with Norman Conquest, Yellow Springs, OH, four performances, April 8-16, 2011.
  • Vivaldi Concerto for 2 Mandolins (soloist), DMO/PMS/Orchestra Dell’ Accademe Internationale di Mandolino, Pittsburgh, PA, March 19, 2011.
  • Vivaldi Concerto for 2 Mandolins (soloist), DMO/KMGO orchestras, Antioch University, Yellow Springs, OH, November 2010; First Presbyterian Church, Yellow Springs, OH, April 17, 2011.
  • Odyssey Mandolin Quartet, various performances, 2009-2010. Mandolin II.
  • CMSA en masse orchestra, Masonic Temple, Dayton, OH, October 2009. Mandolin I.
  • Performances with the Dayton Mandolin Orchestra, Principal Second Mandolin (2009-present).
  • CMSA en masse orchestra, Longueuil, Quebec, October 2008. Mandolin I.
  • Performances with Norman Conquest. Concert at Houston Library, South Charleston, Ohio, July 18, 2008 (mandocello).
  • Performance (mandolin) in Liverpool, UK, with Steve Oakes (jazz guitar) and Time Pike (bass) June 2008.
  • Performances with Dayton Mandolin Orchestra at the Schuster Center, Dayton Arts Institute, Clifton Opera House, and other venues, Fall 2007 – 2008.  Mandolin I.
  • Performances with Follia Acustica, mandolin/classical guitar duo with Christopher Hubbard, 2007-present.
  • Conducted world premiere of Songs of the Nativity for mixed voices and organ, Cincinnati, December 15, 2001.
  • Nashville Chamber Orchestra, performed as bouzouki soloist in world premiere of New World Sketches, March 2001.  Nineteen day residency with NCO included Nashville premier, concert tour, and educational programs.
  • Featured soloist at MEFGOX conference, Cincinnati, July 12.
  • Concert, Rialto Center for the Performing Arts, Atlanta (April 2, 2000).  Presented by the Atlanta Music Club, featuring the Atlanta Community Orchestra, the Georgia State University Chorus, and the Greek Islanders Ensemble.  Bouzouki soloist.
  • Accompanied Romeiko Ensemble at the Parthenon, Nashville, TN (November 9, 1996). Concert featured ancient, Byzantine, Ottoman, and modern Greek selections; musicians from Athens, Istanbul, New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, and Cincinnati.  Bouzouki.
  • Olympic Arts Festival of the Centennial Olympiad and DeKalb International Choral Festival, Atlanta, GA (July 12-13, 1996).  Accompanied Romeiko Ensemble, George Bilalis, director.  Acoustic guitar.
  • Greek Hospitality House, 1996 Summer Olympics, Atlanta.  Performed with Greek Islanders. Bouzouki.
  • John N. Demos Memorial Concert, Rialto Center for the Performing Arts, Atlanta (February 12, 1997).  Presented by the Georgia State University School of Music.  Principal bouzouki.
  • North Carolina Museum of Art (May 6, 1996).  Performed with Greek Islanders.  Bouzouki.
  • Festival performances with the Greek Islanders ensemble in Columbia SC (annually 1987-02), Atlanta GA (1988, 1990-92, 1994-99, 2002), Pensacola FL (1988-93), Nashville TN (1993, 1999), Raleigh NC (1984-85), Winston-Salem NC (1985), Charlotte NC (1990), Charleston SC (1995), Jackson, MS (1994), Ft. Meyers FL (1998), Myrtle Beach, SC (2001), Greenville SC (2003).  Bouzouki.
  • Commercial ethno-pop/world-beat engagements with the Greek Islanders in 11 states and over 40 cities, including Nashville, Dallas, Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Orlando/Disney (1982-present).
  • Atlanta Opera Theatre production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni (1973).  Leonard Altieri,  conductor.  Mandolin.

Recording Credits:

  • The Bear Collection (1999), recorded in Norfolk, VA, and Birmingham, AL.  Children’s music for THE MUSIC CLASS program, Atlanta, GA.
  • Panegyri (1998), recorded at Sylvan Lake Studio, Atlanta, GA.  Instrumental genre piece by N. Demos for entry in John Lenon International Song Writing Contest (World Beat category). Bouzouki I & II, guitar I & II.
  • A Legacy of Music (1997), recorded live in concert at the Rialto Center for the Performing Arts in Atlanta, GA, by the Georgia State University School of Music. Released on compact disk by Poplar Records.  Performed on “Suite of Greek Folk Music.”  Principal bouzouki.
  • Palamakia! (1996), recorded at Sylvan Lake Studios, Atlanta, GA.  Thirteen traditional Greek vocal and instrumental pieces, released by Archadelphia Records on compact disc.  Bouzoukia I & II, mandolin/baglama, and guitar.
  • Music for a Glendi (1992), recorded at Exocet Studios, Atlanta GA.  Twenty-three traditional Greek instrumental selections.  Bouzoukia I & II, mandolin/baglama, and acoustic guitar.
  • Nick Demos & the Greek Islanders (1990), recorded at Exocet Studios in Atlanta, GA. Eighteen traditional Greek vocal and instrumental pieces.  Bouzoukia I & II, mandolin/ baglama, and acoustic guitar.

Film Credit:

  • The Greek Orthodox Community of Cincinnati 1907-1997Produced and directed a 55 minute, broadcast-quality historical documentary on Cincinnati’s Greek community.  Features rare photos and film footage compiled by the director.  Script adapted from an historical essay by John S. Moraites, J.D.  Background music by the Greek Islanders musical ensemble. Commissioned by Greek Orthodox Church.  Premiered in Cincinnati on December 6, 1997; subsequently released by the GOC.