The Columbia Hellenic Studies department presents an evening of music and poetry readings in celebration of the poet Constantine P. Cavafy. A diverse program of compositions by Sofía Avramidou, Marcos Balter, Zosha di Castri, Stylianos Dimou, Dimitri Mitropoulos, Lena Platonos, and Georgios Poniridis, will be performed by the National Sawdust Ensemble under the music direction of Jeffrey Zeigler, with Greek guest musicians Yiannis Palamidas (voice) and Stergios Tsirliagos (synths). Cavafy poems will be recited in Greek and/or Arabic as well as new writing prepared for the occasion by some of the most exciting living poets. The program draws its title from Cavafy’s many works named “Days of,” reflecting on a year of his life.
This event is a part of the Onassis Foundation's "Archive of Desire": A Festival Inspired by the Poet C. P. Cavafy
The mission of the Onassis Foundation, founded by Aristotle Onassis in 1975, will always be human-centric; to create the conditions, explore the ideas, and spark the discussions that lead to a better society. The Foundation works to promote the rich contributions of contemporary Greek culture throughout the world. The Onassis Foundation's work is based in Athens but spans the globe, focusing on culture, healthcare, and education. It has awarded more than 7,500 scholarships to young people worldwide since the late '70s and presents countless cultural events each year...continue reading