Reading of Odyssey at the 92 st Y
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The musical ensemble LyrAvlos was represented in New York by Panagiotis (playing a bagpipe), Olga and Michalos Stefos. They specilize in the study, interpretation and promotion of ancient Greek music on instruments built by Panagiotis.
NEW YORK – “Lift the great song again!” resounded in the theater. “Tell the tale once more in our time!” And with these words the immortal Greek Bard was resurrected on Manhattan’s Upper East Side and his Odyssey came alive in the 21st century in the Kaufman Concert Hall of the 92nd Street Y on Saturday, November 27.
“The Readers of Homer”, a non-profit literary organization which produces day long and all-night readings of the Odyssey and the Iliad, demonstrated that with imagination and acute attention to details Hellenic culture can make a strong impact in New York and around the world. The magnificent words of the great Greek poet, arguably the founder of all Western Literature, were interspersed with fascinating musical and dance interludes through the night and past the sunrise on Sunday.
The guests were welcomed by the organization’s founder and president, Kathryn Hohlwein, who is also the managing director and actor/producer Yannis Simonides, the artistic director.