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29.07.05: Conference in Chania - Detailed Programme






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INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

Mikis Theodorakis:
Man, Artist, Musician, Politician;
Native of Crete and Citizen of the World.

CULTURAL CENTRE OF HANIA

CHANIA, JULY 29, 30 & 31, 2005

CONFERENCE PROGRAMME

Friday, July 29

17:00 Opening – registration of participants

18:00 Beginning – salutations

19:00 BREAK

THEMATIC UNIT 1
MIKIS THEODORAKIS: THE MAN
1st SESSION
Presided by George Malouhos

19:30 Discovering Mikis Theodorakis
George Malouhos, journalist

19:45 Mikis, my friend the fighter
Dimitris Karahalios, lawyer

20:00 Mikis, the associate
Maria Farantouri - Petros Pandis, singers

20:15 My friend Mikis, a friend to all the Greeks
Byron Samios, physician

20:30 Mikis, the father
Margarita Theodorakis, Head of the Popular Orchestra “Mikis Theodorakis” and of the
“Romanos” publications

20:45 Discussion

Saturday, July 30

THEMATIC UNIT 2
MIKIS THEODORAKIS: THE ARTIST
2nd SESSION
Presided by Dimitris Koutoulas

10:00 Ode to Pessimism: Mikis Theodorakis’s creative temperament in life, art and common initiatives
Asteris Koutoulas, researcher, literary translator, producer of musical events

10:15 Mikis Theodorakis, the innovator, as ensuing from the documents of his archives
Stephanie Merakos, musicologist, Manager of the “Lillian Voudouri Music Library” of
Greece

10:30 Through the music of the words: Mikis Theodorakis’s poetic writing
Ioulita Iliopoulou, poet

10:45 Through the lyre and the word: autobiographical diphony
Lizzie Tsirimokou, Adjunct Professor of General and Comparative Grammatology at the
Faculty of Philosophy of the Aristotle University of Thessalonica

11:00 Mikis Theodorakis, the producer of social resources
Dimitris Koutoulas, Professor at the Hellenic Open University

11:15 Discussion

11:30 BREAK

THEMATIC UNIT 3
MIKIS THEODORAKIS: THE MUSICIAN
3rd SESSION
Presided by Elena Mouzala

12:00 Mikis Theodorakis’s symphonic work
Gerhard Folkerts, composer, pianist, musicologist.

12:15 The first performances of Mikis Theodorakis’ s symphonic and choral works - Report from within
Peter Zacher, musicologist, journalist

12:30 Mikis Theodorakis’s chamber music
George Demertzis, violinist

12:45 Mikis Theodorakis’s piano work
Tatiana Papageorgiou, pianist, musicologist

13:00 Mikis Theodorakis’s children’s songs
Dimitris Karvounis, choral conductor

13:15 Discussion

BREAK

4th SESSION
Presided by Ioulia Lazaridou-Elmaloglou

18:00 Theodorakis’s Opera: Lyricism Triumphant
Gail Holst-Warhaft, Adjunct Professor in Comparative Literature and Classics at Cornell University and Director of the Mediterranean Initiative at the Institute of European Studies

18:15 Mikis Theodorakis’s ballet music
Lorca Massine, choreographer

18:30 Mikis Theodorakis: singing for the stage
George Monemvasitis, music critic

18:45 Mikis Theodorakis’s film scores
Nikos Koundouros, film director

19:00 From the symphonic music to the popular song and conversely: when the musical genres blend in Mikis Theodorakis’s work
Sonia Theodoridou, soprano

19:15 Discussion

19:30 BREAK


5th SESSION
Presided by George Papadakis

20:00 Mikis Theodorakis’s historical breakthrough in the evolution of Greek music
George Papadakis, composer, music researcher and critic

20:15 The setting to music of Mikis Theodorakis’s poems and the related research approach
Nena Venetsanou, composer, singer

20:30 Similarities and differences between the Greek and Turkish musical traditions as sources of inspiration in both Mikis Theodorakis’s and Zülfü Livaneli’s works
Zülfü Livaneli, composer, singer, writer and film director

20:45 The social scope of Mikis Theodorakis’s work
George Dalaras, singer

21: 00 Discussion

Sunday, July 31

THEMATIC UNIT 4
MIKIS THEODORAKIS: THE POLITICIAN
6th SESSION
Presided by Alkis Rigos

10:00 The modern Greek political scene and Mikis Theodorakis’s presence on it
Alkis Rigos, Professor of Modern History at the Faculty of Political Sciences and History of the Panteion University of Athens

10:20 Mikis Theodorakis’s visions: spring - winter 1960
Christopher Argyropoulos, lawyer, Chairman of the Greek Criminal Lawyers Association

10:35 Mikis Theodorakis and the ‘wound of the Left’
George Votsis, journalist

10:45 Mikis Theodorakis’s political activity and international initiatives after the change-over
Elias Nikolakopoulos, Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Political Economy and Public Administration of the University of Athens

11:00 Discussion-testimonies

12:00 BREAK

THEMATIC UNIT 5
MIKIS THEODORAKIS: THE NATIVE OF CRETE AND CITIZEN OF THE WORLD
7th SESSION
Presided by Eratosthenes Kapsomenos

12:30 80 thoughts about Mikis Theodorakis’s 80th birthday
Guy Wagner, writer, Mikis Theodorakis’s biographer

12:45 Performing Mikis Theodorakis’s works, the works of another culture
Arja Saijonmaa, singer

13:00 Mikis Theodorakis’s political cachet on the international scene
Rashad Abushawar, writer

13:15 The values of Crete in Mikis Theodorakis’s work and international activities
Eratosthenes Kapsomenos, Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of
Ioannina

13:30 Discussion

13:45 Speech by Mikis Theodorakis

14:00 Closing of conference

21:00 Popular Concert


Pictures of the event
Theodorakis Doctor Honoris Causa of the University of Crete





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