Panel Discussion: Greek-American Artist William Baziotes
December 11, 2012, at the National Academy Museum

The great Greek American painter's centennial was honored at a panel on December 11th at the National Academy Museum. Eminent contemporary art historians Dr. Mona Hadler and Dr. Karen Wilkin and director of the Baziotes catalogue raisonne Mr. Michael Preble discussed Baziotes’s work in the context of his generation and its relevance today. The discussion included a rich survey of images and was followed by a reception in the Academy's Stone Room. 


Greek Connection: Pianist John Kamfonas In Concert
November 13, 2012, at Merkin Concert Hall

Greek-American pianist John Kamfonas performed an electrifying evening of solo and small ensemble works. Described as “mesmerizing... inspirational... and eccentric” (Deccan Herald, Bangalore), Mr. Kamfonas opened the program with solo piano pieces by Manos Hadjidakis and Samuel Barber, both inspired by dance music, as well as works by Franz Liszt. The second half featured solo music by Busoni and ensemble works by Victor Kioulaphides, both his dynamic and highly virtuosic Rhapsody for mandolin and piano and the world premiere of his Piano Trio. For these works, Mr. Kamfonas was joined by cellist Caleb van der Swaagh, violinist Sharon Park, and mandolinist Sebastiaan de Grebber. All audience members were invited to a reception with the performers following the concert. For further information go to Kaufman Center.


New York City Greek Film Festival
October 6 – 17, 2012, at various locations

The Hellenic-American Cultural Foundation in conjunction with The Hellenic-American Chamber of Commerce and with support from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, organized and helped sponsor the 2012 Greek Film Festival.

The following films were screened: Alps, Burning Heads (To Gala), Christmas Tango (To Tango Ton Christougennon), City of Children (I Poli Ton Paidion), The Fiend of Athens (O Drakos), Fred Won't Move Out, God Loves Caviar (O Theos Agapaei To Haviari), Magic Hour, Smyrna: The Destruction of a Cosmopolitan City, 1900–1922, Two Men and a Baby (Mia For A Kai Ena Moro), Unfair World (Adikos Kosmos), Wasted Youth, 100. In addition, there was a Manhattan Gala event Wednesday, October 10th, Screening of “Smyrna: The Destruction of a Cosmopolitan City, 1900–1922” followed by a reception. For further information go to New York City Greek Film Festival.


Senator Paul S. Sarbanes Lecture: The Peter T. Kourides Lecture Series
May 3, 2012, at The University Club

On May 3, 2012, the Foundation in cooperation with The Hellenic-American Chamber of Commerce organized an inaugural lecture at The University Club in Manhattan, established in memory of the late Peter Kourides by members of his family. Senator Paul Sarbanes of Maryland reflected on his childhood and youth in a Greek American family and on significant events of his illustrious career in Congress.  A reception followed the lecture. 
 
Mr. Peter T. Kourides was a dedicated and long-time supporter of educational. professional and cultural excellence in the Greek American community.