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THE MISSION OF THE GREEK INSTITUTE IS TO CREATE A GREATER AWARENESS & UNDERSTANDING OF THE EXTRAORDINARY ACHIEVEMENTS OF GREEK CULTURE FROM ANTIQUITY TO THE PRESENT.

UPCOMING EVENTS | 2021

 

**FOR ALL NEW STUDENTS:

PLEASE GO TO THE COURSES PAGE FOR ZOOM LINKS. 

 

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

Due to the recent guidelines in Massachusetts with regard to Coronavirus, The Greek Institute has implemented the following measures: 

  • All of our events have been converted to the online platform ZOOM. Please see below and on our Facebook and Twitter feeds for links and updates. 
  • To students: all classes will be held online until further notice and delivered via ZOOM. If you have any questions or concerns, please call us at 617.547.4770 or send e-mail to: greekinst@verizon.net.
  • We will provide updates on our website and via Facebook for schedules and classes. 
JOIN US! GREEK INSTITUTE UPCOMING PROGRAMS & EVENTS 
 
NEW GREEK LANGUAGE CLASSES |  MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2021  ~ CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!
 
We welcome all new and returning students to our online Greek language programs, currently delivered via the ZOOM platform. Learn Greek! Classes commence the week of February 15, 2021. The full schedule of classes is available in the "Courses" section of this website.
 
 
NEW CLASS | THE EPIRUS ENSEMBLE
 
We are pleased to announce that The Greek Institute has brought under its auspices "The Epirus Ensemble", a new music educational program that will be led by Aristic Director, Vasilis Kostas. This program welcomes musicians of all levels and aims to provide students with an experience of the musical tradition of Epirus, Greece. Students will learn various repertoires, explore the history and culture behind the music, interact with Master musicians from Epirus through monthly virtual workshops and prepare for student presentations and concerts in Boston and Epirus in 2021. Classes commence on September 20, 2020 and include three 1.5 hour online sessions per month. This program is a 10 month continuous workshop. For more information and to register, please send an e-mail to: epirusensemble@gmail.com.  
 
 
CONCERT | SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13TH ~ 2:00pm EDT ~ CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!
 
Back by Popular Demand! The Greek Institute & The Autumn Salon are teaming up again to present Beth Bahia Cohen and Vasilis Kostas for a second online concert event with Greek traditional music from various regions, original music, and a live collaboration at the end! The minimum contribution for this event is $10.00. Please click HERE to pre-pay for the performance. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the ACLU Massachusetts, which for 100 years has been the nation's premier defender of the rights enshrined in the U.S. Constitution. 
 
 
NEW GREEK LANGUAGE CLASSES |  MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2020  ~ CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!
 
We welcome all new and returning students to our online Greek language programs, currently delivered via the ZOOM platform. Learn Greek! Classes commence the week of September 7th. The full schedule of classes is available in the "Courses" section of this website.
 
 
CONCERT | SUNDAY, AUGUST 9TH ~ 2:00pm EDT ~ Click Here to Watch the Recording
 
The Greek Institute & The Autumn Salon are teaming up again to present Spyridon Antonopoulos and Psaltikon entitled SONGS OF THE SACRED on Sunday, August 9th at 2:00pm EDTIn this online concert event, Spyridon, an expert in Byzantine Chant will be speaking about the music, there will be a presentation and performance. The minimum contribution for this event is $10.00. Please join us! 
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CONCERT | SUNDAY, JULY 5TH ~ 2:00pm EDT ~ Click Here to Watch the Recording
 
The Greek Institute & The Autumn Salon are teaming up again to present Beth Bahia Cohen and Vasilis Kostas on Sunday, July 5th at 2:00pm EDT. In this online concert event, this amazing duo will be exploring musical traditions from various regions of Greece on violin, lyras, and laouto while highlighting the Asia Minor musical culture through their new Yayli Tanbur & Laouto Duo.
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WATCH VIDEO RECORDING | 
OUR 4th CELEBRATION OF THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF POETRY!

We were very happy to that our dear friend George Kalogeris, local poet and professor of English at Suffolk University hosted a public poetry reading on ZOOM, Sunday, June 28th. There were twelve poets who presented their own works, read from ancient and modern Greek poetry, as well as translations. It was inspiring event as we all face these challenging times together. To watch a video recording of the presentation on our new YouTube Channel, click HERE

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TBD READING | IN MEMORIAM, KIKI DEMOULA

Join us in remembering Kiki Demoula, one of Greece's greatest modern Greek poets. George Kalogeris will host an evening of readings of her works in both Greek and English. This event is free and open to the public.

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TBD GALLERY EXHIBIT & SALE | MEMBERS' MULTI-MEDIA EXHIBITION 

The Gallery at The Greek Institute will be open to the public for a unique multi-media exhibition of Greek Institute members who are acclaimed artists, including, Constantine Arvanites, Melissa Johnson, Catherine Kernan and more! All proceeds from art sold will go toward the 1038 restoration fund. 

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TBD CONCERT EVENT | THE PHAROS ENSEMBLE FEATURING SOKRATIS SINOPOULOS

The Greek Institute is pleased to be a co-sponsor for this concert event featuring the Politiki Lyra and the acclaimed Sokratis Sinopoulos with traditional music from Constantinople and Smyrna. 

Location: The First Church in Cambridge, 11 Garden Street.

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FEATURE

IN MEMORIAM: KIKI DEMOULA ~ George Kalogeris

The measure of Kiki Dimoula’s greatness is in the luminosity with which her verses articulate obscurity as the source of their lyric conviction. Everywhere in her poetry one encounters the austerity and richness of a discipline that both affirms and disenchants the protean gift that holds it in thrall. Consider this early poem, in which her signature style, the modest scale as well as the laconic inflections, but also the almost transcendent insistence on self-erasure, are set out in stark formulation:

 
Draw a word out of the night
at random.
An entire night at random.
Don’t say “entire,”
say “tiny,”
which releases you.
Tiny sensation,
entire 
sadness
all mine.
An entire night.
 
(Tr. by Cecile Inglessis Margellos and Rika Lesser)
 
Note the offhand mordant wit of the line break in: “Draw a word out of the night / at random.” Here’s the dark night of the soul distilled through sheer verbal precision and the tiny aperture of “tiny.” And that is followed by the felicity and the forlornness of: Entire / sadness / all mine. “All mine” as the poem is all ours in the recognition of our own existential being, as mutual isolates in human sadness. And finally the closing repetition of “An entire night.” The line now a full stopped full sentence—the clear-eyed sentence of our fatal occlusion. The period resisting closure, even as what it leaves unspoken will keep the hermetic seal of the poem unbroken and thereby preserve the uncanny force of the revelation. In Emily Dickinson’s poem, “The Loneliness One Dare not Sound,” the ending lines, to my ear sound a measured antiphonal response across the lyric luminous obscure to Dimoula’s poem:
 
I fear me this—is Loneliness-
The Maker of the soul
Its Caverns and its Corridors
Illuminate or seal. 
 
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AVAILABLE AT THE GREEK INSTITUTE 

Coffee Table Book of Photographs by Richard Moore: Athens Twice Seen

Athens Twice Seen ~ A beautiful coffee-table book of photographs of Athens that has been on exhibit at The Greek Institute this past fall. The photo book is available for purchase for $28.00 at The Greek Institute. For more information contact us at: Greekinst@verizon.net. To see the book click here: Athens Twice Seen.

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A glimpse of some of the embroideries and costumes the family of Doreen Canaday Spitzer (1914-2010), well known American Philhellene, recently donated to the Greek Institute.
 
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