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Issue 44
November 2017


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The Onassis Cultural Centre New York is Going Places this Fall

A father and a son in a contemporary “odyssey”, a performance by a bright rising star in the music world and many other unique moments are awaiting the Onassis Foundation USA devoted friends and visitors this fall in New York.

The Olympic Tower Atrium is undergoing a thorough renovation and the gallery, accessed from the atrium, is temporarily closed. The Onassis Cultural Center New York is taking this opportunity to team up with outstanding cultural partners around New York City exploring new avenues of artistic production that will come to fruition this spring for the Onassis Festival NY 2018. It will be the third in a row after the “Antigone Now” 2016 and the “Narcissus Now: The Myth Reimagined” 2015 festivals.

Under the umbrella of the Onassis Programs at LIVE from the NYPL, together with the New York Public Library, Daniel Mendelsohn, an award-winning memoirist and frequent contributor to The New Yorker and The New York Review of Books, will speak with New Yorker staff writer Rebecca Mead. The event is entitled Fathers, Heroes, Sons and will take place November 15th at the New York Public Library.

When Daniel Mendelsohn’s 81-year-old father, Jay, enrolled in his undergraduate course on The Odyssey at Bard College, it set the two men off on a journey at times as treacherous as the straits of Scilla. Mendelsohn tells the tale in An Odyssey: A Father, a Son, and an Epic. Exploring and arguing over Homer’s classic in the classroom and later on an unforgettable Mediterranean trip, the scientist father attempts to appreciate the path of his writer/classicist son, while the son gradually uncovers long-buried secrets that reveal truths about his father he may never have known.

On November 16th, critically acclaimed international concert pianist and Onassis scholar Vassilis Varvaresos will perform at Merkin Concert Hall / Kaufman Music Center. The event is organized by the Hellenic-American Cultural Foundation with the support of the Onassis Foundation USA. A holder of bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees from Juilliard, Varvaresos has played at leading concert halls all over the world. In November’s event he will play pieces by Mozart, Lizst, Scriabin, Schumann and Ravel.

In another off-site event, a dramatic reading of Christopher Columbus by Nikos Kazantzakis was presented at Saint Luke’s Lutheran Church in New York on Columbus Day, October 9, to honor the celebration of 2017-Year of Nikos Kazantakis by the Greek Ministry of Culture.

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