x

You’ve reached your limit of free articles for this month.
Get unlimited access to The National Herald,
starting as low as $7.99/month for digital subscription & $5.99/month for a delivery by mail subscription

Culture

Archdiocesan Cathedral Choir Tribute to Mikis Theodorakis

NEW YORK – The Archdiocesan Cathedral Choir in conjunction with the Hellenic Book Club of New York presented The Poetry & Music of Mikis Theodorakis on May 13 at the Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity-Chiotes Hall in Manhattan. The evening included some of Theodorakis’ most beloved songs, sung by members of the Archdiocesan Cathedral Choir, and featured renowned author and Theodorakis collaborator Gail Holst-Warhaft highlighting the influence of Theodorakis’ poetry on his music.

The talented vocalists from the Cathedral Choir including its director Costas Tsourakis, soprano Alexandra Skendrou, soprano Kristina Kaye, mezzo-soprano Hilary Baboukis, were accompanied by the gifted musicians Kostas Psarros on bouzouki, Megan Gould on violin, Dawn Helene on piano, and Steve Vavagiakis on percussion.

The Archdiocesan Cathedral Choir in conjunction with the Hellenic Book Club of New York presented The Poetry & Music of Mikis Theodorakis. Left to right: Gail-Holst-Warhaft, Jeannie Kouros, Soula Platis, Stacey Tzortzatos (standing), Eleni Gallidis, and Gregory Homatas. Photo: Alexandra Kavounidis

Skendrou, performing some of Theodorakis’ most moving songs, impressed the audience with her vocal range and interpretation. Baritone Tsourakis also performed with his usual artistry and skill alongside the choir members and musicians. A few member of the youth choir also joined in and charmed the audience as well.

Food and refreshments were provided for all those present and everyone was invited to sing along, adding even more of a festive quality to the evening.

Dean of the Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity Rev. Fr. Nikolas Karloutsos gave the welcoming remarks and thanked everyone for their presence. He then introduced Tsourakis who also thanked all those present for their support of the Cathedral Choir.

The Archdiocesan Cathedral Choir in conjunction with the Hellenic Book Club of New York presented The Poetry & Music of Mikis Theodorakis on May 13 at Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity’s Chiotes Hall. Photo: Eleni Sakellis

Hellenic Book Club Founder and President Jeannie Kouros then introduced Gail Holst-Warhaft who offered her thoughts and insights into Theodorakis and his music. She gave brief introductions to each song and English translations of the lyrics which are, of course, from renowned Greek poets including Iakovos Kambanellis, Giorgos Seferis, and Odysseas Elytis as well as Theodorakis himself. Holst-Warhaft had collaborated with Theodorakis on the book The House with the Scorpions and shared details about the famed composer’s character and history that added another level of interest to the event. The book is a bilingual edition and highlights a fine range of poetry by Theodorakis as well as the impressive translation by Holst-Warhaft, a gifted poet in her own right, who spent years working with the composer as a musician, biographer, and translator. Holst-Warhaft left her native Australia in 1965 and moved to Greece. In the 1970s, she performed as a keyboard player with Greece’s leading composers, including Theodorakis and Dionysios Savvopoulos. She is now Adjunct Professor in the Departments of Classics, Comparative Literature and Near Eastern Studies at Cornell University. The book was also available for purchase along with other volumes by Holst-Warhaft at the conclusion of the event.

She noted that Theodorakis’ greatest contribution to Greek culture was setting Greek poetry to music and later praised the performers for their efforts.

Author and Mikis Theodorakis collaborator Gail Holst-Warhaft, seated, with Hellenic Book Club Founder and President Jeannie Kouros holding a copy of The House with the Scorpions. Photo: Eleni Sakellis

RELATED

Since 1821, Americans have been singing about Greeks.

Top Stories

General News

FALMOUTH, MA – The police in Falmouth have identified the victim in an accident involving a car plunging into the ocean on February 20, NBC10 Boston reported.

General News

NEW YORK – Meropi Kyriacou, the new Principal of The Cathedral School in Manhattan, was honored as The National Herald’s Educator of the Year.

General News

PHILADELPHIA – The Federation of Hellenic Societies of Philadelphia and Greater Delaware Valley announced that the Evzones, the Presidential Guard of Greece will be participating in the Philadelphia Greek Independence Day Parade on March 20.

Video

Mission…to Alonnisos, a TNH Documentary

O oceanic you sing and sail White on your body and yellow on your chimeneas For you're tired of the filthy waters of the harbors You who loved the distant Sporades You who lifted the tallest flags You who sail clear through the most dangerous caves Hail to you who let yourself be charmed by the sirens Hail to you for never having been afraid of the Symplegades (Andreas Empeirikos)   What traveler has not been fascinated by the Greek islands, drawn by the Sirens’ song of a traveler’s dreams? TNH and our video show ‘Mission’ marked the change of the season by transporting viewers into the heart of summer.

Enter your email address to subscribe

Provide your email address to subscribe. For e.g. abc@xyz.com

You may unsubscribe at any time using the link in our newsletter.