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Onassis Cultural Center NY Kicks Off Fall 2013 Cultural Series Today

Onassis Cultural Center NY Kicks Off Fall 2013 Cultural Series Today

Public dialogues led by the noted philosopher and author Simon Critchley, a new series; a tribute to celebrated filmmaker Costa-Gavras launching new conversation series "Profiles" hosted by Paul Holdengräber; a discussion about the contest in today's world between tyranny and freedom; and a concert pairing prominent U.S. and Greek composers of the same generation, Giorgos Koumendakis and Steven Mackey, will be among the programs that the Onassis Cultural Center NY will offer in its Fall 2013 Cultural Series.

Now in its twelfth year of programming, the Onassis Cultural Center NY (OCC NY) has organized more than one hundred twenty cultural events to date as part of its mission to explore all aspects of Hellenic culture. Throughout the 2013-14 season, the OCC NY will present or co-present its roster of public events and programs at leading cultural venues in Manhattan and Brooklyn while the Center's Midtown gallery is under renovation.

Among the distinguished participants in the Fall 2013 Cultural Series will be theater critic Hilton Als, theater director Thomas Ostermeier, artist Alexandre Singh, "master curator of the arts" Paul Holdengräber, PRISM Saxophone Quartet, pianist George Emmanuel Lazaridis, authors Artemis Cooper and Ben Downing, NYRB Classics series editor Edwin Frank, and scholars Alexander Nehamas, Waller R. Newell, Barry Strauss, and Ryan Balot.

Ambassador Loucas Tsilas, Executive Director of the Onassis Foundation (USA), stated, "The sheer variety of the subjects and viewpoints in our Fall 2013 Cultural Series testifies to the vitality of Greek art and ideas throughout the world today. From ancient traditions of drama and politics to contemporary trends in cinema and music, the many aspects of Hellenic culture continue to thrive everywhere-including the careers of the esteemed participants in these programs, and the institutions that are our valued collaborators."

The categories of events on the Fall 2013 calendar are:

Public Dialogues: The third year of the wide-ranging series On Truth (and Lies) led by Simon Critchley, now co-presented by the OCC NY and the Brooklyn Academy Of Music (BAM), and Profiles: Costa-Gavras, launching "Profiles" a new series of public dialogues between Paul Holdengräber and celebrated cultural figures.

Music: Concerts at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall and Princeton University.

Film: the seventh New York City Greek Film Festival, with four special OCC NY screening events at theaters throughout Manhattan.

Books and Ideas: a discussion on Patrick Leigh Fermor in Greece, presented in collaboration with The New York Review of Books on the occasion of the publication of Artemis Cooper's biography, Patrick Leigh Fermor: An Adventure (New York Review Books), and a discussion about the ongoing ramifications of ancient Greek political theory and practice, on the occasion of the publication of Professor Waller R. Newell's Tyranny: A New Interpretation (Cambridge University Press).

About the Onassis Cultural Center NY: In carrying out the mission of the Onassis Foundation (USA), the Onassis Cultural Center NY (OCC NY) is the venue for presenting a wide range of programs that explore all phases of Hellenic civilization-ancient, Byzantine, and modern. The OCC NY collaborates with American and Greek institutions as it showcases cultural and artistic activities, such as art and archaeological exhibitions accompanied by publications, gallery tours, conferences, and educational programs; concerts, lectures, and panel discussions; public conversations; literary events; film and theatrical performances. The OCC NY attracts visitors from around the United States to its free events and exhibitions. To learn more about the Foundation and the Onassis Cultural Center NY, visit www.onassisusa.org.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS AND PROGRAMS
ONASSIS CULTURAL CENTER NY FALL 2013 CULTURAL SERIES

Sunday, September 22, 12 pm
On Truth (and Lies) in Beauty
Host Simon Critchley, Hans Jonas Professor at The New School for Social Research, is joined by Hilton Als, theater critic for The New Yorker, andAlexander Nehamas, Edmund N. Carpenter II Class of 1943 Professor in the Humanities, Professor of Philosophy and Professor of Comparative Literature at Princeton University, to explore the notion of beauty, in conjunction with the new opera Anna Nicole, part of BAM's 2013 Next Wave Festival. A special Brooklyn Book Festival event co-presented by BAM and the OCC NY.
Brooklyn Borough Hall Courtroom (209 Joralemon Street)
Free admission
www.brooklynbookfestival.com

Tuesday, October 1, 7:30 pm
George Emmanuel Lazaridis in Concert
A solo piano recital, organized by the Hellenic-American Cultural Foundation in cooperation with the Onassis Foundation (USA)
Merkin Concert Hall (129 West 67th Street)
Free admission
For tickets, contact the Merkin Hall box office at 212-501-3330.

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