Theodorakis honored at Flanders

Ghent festival honors 'Zorba' composer

BRUSSELS — “Zorba the Greek” composer Mikis Theodorakis will receive a lifetime achievement award at the Flanders Film Festival in Ghent, Belgium, on Oct. 20. The honor will be sealed with a live performance of music from “Zorba.”

The Ghent honor is part of the fest’s World Soundtrack Awards, to be handed out on the same night.

Theodorakis, 82, has composed some 60 film scores, including those for Costa-Gavras’ “Z” and Sidney Lumet’s “Serpico.” He’s also been closely involved in Greek politics, serving as a minister in the 1960s and ’70s and later turning down an offer to become president.

Music from fellow Greek Evanthia Reboutsika, who won the fest’s Discovery of the Year award in 2006 for “My Father & My Son,” will be performed that evening. Works by Mychael Danna and Harry Gregson-Williams complete the program.

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