The Benaki Museum of Greece cordially invites the members of the Hellenic-American Cultural Foundation to a preview of Olympic Games 1896: The photographic album of Albert Meyer
Wednesday, December 7th, 2016, 6:30 - 8:00 pm
The Consulate General of Greece, 69 East 79th Street, Manhattan
Albert Meyer, one of the best-known German art photographers, accompanied his country’s delegation to Athens in order to photograph the first modern Olympic Games. His purpose was to document the event and put together a commemorative album intended for the German Royal Court and the International Olympic Committee.
The photographic archive of Albert Meyer was destroyed in 1945 when bombardments flattened Dresden, turning the original photographs into rare and priceless artifacts. Marinos Yeroulanos, president of the Board of Trustees of the Benaki Museum for many years and grandson of George Streit, a member of the 1896 International Olympic Committee, donated the album to the Historical Archives of the Museum. Since then, this unique Album is safeguarded with care as imposed by rarity, being a unique token to both history and art.
Light refreshments will be served.
Pianist Vassilis Varvaresos in Concert
Wednesday, November 30, 2016, 7:00 pm
Merkin Concert Hall at the Kaufman Music Center, Goodman House, 129 W 67th Street, Manhattan
The Hellenic-American Cultural Foundation and The Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation USA
present one of the most promising musicians of his generation, Greek pianist Vassilis Varvaresos. He has appeared on major stages in Europe and the US, and is regularly invited to festivals all over the world. Following his recital at Carnegie Zankel Hall, he was invited to perform at the White House for President Barack Obama.
He is a laureate of many international competitions, such as Young Concert Artists, New York when he was 14 years old. Most recent prizes were those of the George Enescu International Competition 2014 in Bucharest and the Piano Masters Competition 2015 in Monte Carlo.
He has recorded three CD’s. His 4th (solo) album, containing various ‘Valses’, will be released in 2017.
A reception with the artist will follow the performance.