[MGSA-L] New York City Greek Film Festival 2011 @Center for Jewish History Sun Oct 16, 7pm

Evangelos Calotychos ec2268 at columbia.edu
Fri Oct 7 06:07:22 PDT 2011

FYI: Members of the MGSA in New York City for the MGSA Symposium might be staying long enough to attend the following event. 

> New York City Greek Film Festival 2011 @Center for Jewish History Sun Oct 16 7pm
> Sunday, October 16, 2011 7pm
> New York, NY (September 22, 2011) - The American Sephardi Federation will join with the New York City Greek Film Festival 2011 to launch the festival's fifth year with a special program of film and music on Sunday, October 16, 2011, 7:00p.m., at the Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York City.
> The evening will begin with the New York premiere of "My Sweet Canary," an exuberant song-filled documentary on the life of the Sephardic Jewish singer Roza Eskenazy. The screening will be followed by a live concert of Eskenazy's music performed by Mavrothi T. Kontanis and the Meaendros Ensemble.
> Born in Ottoman Istanbul, Turkey in the last years of the 19th century, Eskenazy rose to fame in the 1920s, becoming the most popular and most recorded singer of Greek "rebetika." Her rousing renditions became the standard for her contemporaries to emulate, helped usher this music's acceptance into popular culture, and carried her career well into the late 1970s.
> In "My Sweet Canary," directed by Roy Sher, three young musicians-an Israeli, a Turk, and a British-born Greek Cypriot-embark on a mission from Istanbul to Thessaloniki to Athens, to tell the story of Eskenazy's life and to explore her music. Many of her songs (sung originally in Greek, Turkish, Armenian and Ladino) are reprised in the film.
> The musicians of the Maeandros Ensemble, under the leadership of oud player and vocalist Mavrothi T. Kontanis, are noted for their authentic and virtuosic renditions of the traditional music of the Aegean Sea region. The group has a devoted following among lovers of the music of the Near East, including Asia Minor. Scheduled to perform with Mr. Kontanis are Megan Gould (violin), Umut Yasmut (lap zither), Lefteris Bournias (clarinet), and Timothy Quigley (percussion).
> General admission: tickets to the film and concert are $18, $15 for seniors and students. Seating is limited. Advance sale tickets may be ordered now by mail. Make check payable to the NYC Greek Film Festival and send to: Hellenic American Chamber of Commerce, 370 Lexington Ave. (27th floor), New York, NY 10017. Mail orders will be accepted until October 7, subject to ticket availability. Tickets will be mailed. Remaining tickets, if any, will be available at the box office on the evening of the performance. For full information on other festival screenings and events, go to www.nycgreekfilmfestival.com.
> This event will be held at the Center for Jewish History 15 West 16th St. NYC.
> Founded in 1973, the American Sephardi Federation is a founding partner of the Center for Jewish History and is the largest American organization dedicated to preserving and supporting the rich cultural traditions, spirit and history of all Sephardic communities as an integral part of Jewish experience and heritage.
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