Demetrius Spaneas, Michael Harrison and More Set for Annunciation Church's 'Faith & Culture' 2013 Lecture Series
The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church presents "Faith & Culture," a ministry to inaugurate its first major programming endeavor this fall: a music-based lecture series titled Tastemakers & Pioneers curated by Marina Harrison. Serving to introduce the community to many creative disciplines of the humanities, "Faith & Culture" focuses on music, literature, history, film and theatre, and fine art. Several prominent individuals in the music community, considered innovators and highly-regarded experts, have committed to be a part of this season. All lectures will take place at 7pm and attendees are invited to special Meet-and-Greet Receptions with the artists afterwards.
The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, established in 1892, is one of the oldest Greek Orthodox Churches of the United States. They are proud of Annunciation's legacy of caring for their neighbor. "Faith & Culture" is one of many ways they achieve this.
Fall 2013 Series at a Glance:
Sep 20 Demetrius Spaneas IANIS XENAKIS: The Avant-Garde and Ancient Greek Culture
Oct 4 Stuart Isacoff A Natural History of the Piano: A Lecture With Musical Illustrations
Oct 25 Francisco J. Núñez The Unlimited Potential of Children
Nov 1 David Dubal A Plea For The Arts in The United States
Nov 15 Barrymore Scherer Strength in Numbers: Tracing Verdi's Musical Development Through His Ensembles
Dec 6 Michael Harrison Everything in Good Measure: Ancient Greek Principles of Tuning and Their Relevance to Music
All lectures take place at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 302 West 91st Street, New York, New York 10024. Call 212.724.2070 or visit ANNUNCIATION-NYC.ORG or email FaithCulture@Annunciation-NYC.org. Subway: 1/2/3 to 96th Street; 1 to 86th Street. Admission: $20; $100 for all 6 lectures. For tickets, visit www.FaithCulture.BrownPaperTickets.com.
Friday, Sept. 20th, 7pm
IANIS XENAKIS: The Avant-Garde and Ancient Greek Culture
Demetrius Spaneas travels the world as a musical ambassador, connecting classical, jazz, and traditional music throughout the US, Eastern Europe, and Asia. He has worked with such diverse artists as John Cage, Ray Charles, and Kyrgyz traditional musicians, and has been featured soloist and composer at major concert venues and international festivals in the three continents. Through his work with the US Embassy system, he has presented concerts and lectures on American music and culture throughout the former Soviet Union. Interested in connecting cultures and creating international artistic dialogue through cultural diplomacy, his current initiatives focus on Central Asia, the Balkans, China, and Russia. To this end, he has been appointed a Fulbright Specialist in American Studies, Music and will be teaching in Tajikistan in summer 2013 through the Fulbright. He has won grants and awards from ASCAP, Meet the Composer, the American Music Center, and other organizations, including a special certificate from the Russian Duma (senate) for enriching the cultural life of St. Petersburg.
Greek Avant-garde composer Ianis Xenakis was one of the most important and influential composers of the latter half of the 20th century, constantly pushing the boundaries of music by combining it with mathematics, statistics, physics, and architectural concepts. Much of his philosophy and thought was based in Ancient Greek culture, even though for much of his life he was unable to live in Greece and considered himself somewhat of an outsider to his heritage.
This talk will explore the influence of Ancient Greece on Xenakis's major works, especially his large works for theater such as Oresteia.
Friday, October 4th, 7pm
A Natural History of the Piano: A Lecture With Musical Illustrations
Stuart Isacoff, a pianist, composer and writer, is the author of A Natural History of the Piano: The Instrument, the Music, the Musicians-From Mozart to Modern Jazz and Everything In Between (Knopf and Vintage in the U.S. with additional publishers worldwide). He was the founding editor of Piano Today magazine, which he directed for nearly three decades. Mr. Isacoff is also the author of the highly acclaimed Temperament: How Music Became a Battleground for the Great Minds of Western Civilization (Knopf/Vintage in the U.S.). A winner of the prestigious ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for excellence in writing about music, he is a regular contributor on the arts to The Wall Street Journal as well as to many music periodicals and reference works such as Musical America and the New Grove Dictionary of American Music.