by Constantine P. Cavafy
Directing: Elli Papakonstantinou
Music Composition: Stratis Minakakis
Kurt Nikkanen (violin), Stratis Minakakis (piano), Yiorgos Adamis (lyre and voice), Lisa Lynch (voice), Elli Papakonstantinou (voice)
The Second Instrumental Unit of The Philadelphia Philharmonic, Princeton University: Eliot Gattegno (saxophone), David Fulmer (violin), Brendan Kane (bass), Miranda Sielaff (viola), Aaron Jackson (piano)
Cosponsored by Princeton’s Program in Hellenic Studies and Princeton’s Department of Music.
USA/ Princeton, New Jersey/ McAlpin Rehearsal Hall, Woolworth Center / 8.5.2005
Stratis Minakakis’s Musical Composition “Ta Ploia” (“The Ships,” 2005) was commissioned by Princeton’s Program in Hellenic Studies on the occasion of its 25th anniversary concert. It is based on the homonymous prose poem by C.P. Cavafy, and combines post-serial influences with elements from the Greek tradition, such as heterophony and micro-intervals.