Gail Holst-Warhaft, Adjunct Professor of Modern Greek, Cornell University

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Thursday, December 4, 2003 - 13:45

"Rembetika: The Blues of Greece" This lecture focused on the poetry of modern Greece as the main source of inspiration for Mikis Theodorakis' work. From Yiannis Ritsos to Odysseas Elytis, George Seferis, Kostas Varnalis, Angelos Sikelianos and Nikos Gatsos, Theodorakis set almost every major poet of Greece to music, creating a unique marriage between popular music and serious poetry. Gail Holst-Warhaft is a writer, musician and translator. She performed with Theodorakis in Greece in 1975 and 1978. Her books include Road to Rembetika, Theodorakis: Myth and Politics in Greek Music, and Dangerous Voices: Women's Laments and Greek Literature. She is an Adjunct Professor in the Departments of Classics and Comparative Literature at Cornell University.