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March 6 3rd cycle of Greek Language classes begins

March 13, 2017, 7pm - Dr. Bertsekas, "Aeschylus' Oresteia: From vendetta and retribution to civil institutions and community strength: a talk in two parts."

Joanna Bertsekas, Ph.D, will summarize briefly Aeschylus' Oresteia trilogy and explain the main theme which is the transformation of justice (Dike) from retribution, to the rule of law. Aeschylus wrote his trilogy as the Polis (Athens) was entering the period of direct Democracy and was strengthening its legal and social institutions.

Joanna Bertsekas is a docent at the Museum of Fine Arts where for nine years she has been conducting tours for the Education department. Images of the Oresteia plays by Aeschylus are represented on vases in the MFA's renowned Ancient Greek collection. The plays still inspire people around the world and the trilogy is frequently performed on stage.

Open to the public. Donations are welcomed.

March 25, 2017, 8pm - Mario Frangoulis live in concert, co-presented by the Hellenic Cardiac Fund, Director Bess Pappas
Sanders Theatre, Harvard University
45 Quincy Street, Cambridge MA

Tickets available by contacting the Harvard Box office, 617 496 2222 or website: or by calling/emailing the Greek Institute

$ 95 (orchestra), $75 (mezzanine & front balcony), $ 65 (rear mezzanine & mid balcony), $45 (balcony)
Parking available at the Broadway garage near the theater for attendees

Spring 2017, Date TBA - Art Music inspired by Demotic Songs: the folk songs from various regions of Greece followed by a performance of original compositions by Jimmy Kachulis, composer and faculty of Berklee College of Music. The performance of Greek folk songs will feature Vasilis Kostas, laouto, and vocalist Eirini Tornesaki.

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.

On her first visit to Greece, Doreen Canaday wrote to her cousin, "I have seen the Parthenon in full moonlight, have seen Sophocles' Electra in the Odeon of Herodes Atticus...I have got lost, almost, on the slopes of Hymettus, of honey fame, and seen such sunsets and sunrises as people only dream of. Sometimes I can't believe it's really true..."
View the embroideries