Please join us for the Leon and Ioanna Spanos Performing Arts Event, featuring Greek and Mediterranean music by Pavlo.
Pavlo – Touhill Performing Arts Center
The Leon and Johanna Spanos Performing Arts Event
March 4, 2017
Lee Theatre, Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center,
University of Missouri-St. Louis
For being all instrumental, Pavlo’s Mediterranean music speaks for itself. When Pavlo was ten, he spent hours hidden away practicing his guitar. His parents realized very soon that his connection to the instrument was undeniable. Instead of discouraging him, Pavlo’s father told him, “Have the courage to do what you love, and the drive to do it well.”
After years of guitar lessons, from classical to flamenco, Pavlo spent his early years playing in rock groups, and wedding bands. When they separated, Pavlo moved on, and discovered his own distinct sound that he termed, “Mediterranean.” It was the first time he felt as though his guitar was speaking from his soul.
Pavlo was inspired to write his first self-titled album. Although there were many people that told him it was a “fantasy” to think he would find success, he followed his heart and sent the album to music executives all over the country. When they responded with “It is too ethnic” and denied Pavlo a record deal because “there was no market for this type of music.” Pavlo became driven to create his own record label, and market himself.
Soon, through craft shows; café gigs and festival performances all over the country playing his Mediterranean music, Pavlo did, in fact, find his audience. They were equally as passionate about his music…and they wanted more of it. Investing all that he had at that time, Pavlo released his second album, Fantasia. Fantasia climbed the charts and made it to the Billboard Top 10 and earned Pavlo his first Juno Nomination.
General Admission – $30
Seniors – $20
Students – $10
Special group pricing available for groups of 15 or more. Please contact the ticket office directly at 314-516-4949 for more information.