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Greek Music Education Program: Beth Bahia Cohen

March 10, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm


The Violin and Bowed Strings of Greece
Beth Bahia Cohen
Berklee College of Music & Tufts University

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Beth Bahia Cohen plays traditional Greek music on the violin and various lyras.  She has learned from and performed with many violinists and lyra players in Greece:  Vangelis Zagoraios of Andros, Yiorgos Bellis of Kythnos, Manolis Manouras and Yiorgos Avissinos of Crete, and more.  She has performed with New York dance groups GAFS and Akrites, as well as throughout the U.S. and Canada, in concerts, at Greek dance symposiums (FDF, HDF, etc) and is a founding member of Ziyia, an ensemble performing traditional Greek music from all parts of Greece. She has performed with Petroloukas Halkias, Christos Zotos, Yiorgos Katsaros, and Mario Frangoulis, as well as performing in New York and Boston with Vasileios Kostas, Lefteris Bournias, Lefteris Kordis, Panayota Haloulakou, Erini Kornesaki, Sandra Theodorou, and more.

She was trained as a classical violinist and violist in NY, getting her Master’s Degree in Violin Performance from Manhattan School of Music, and spent several years performing with numerous symphony, ballet, opera and chamber orchestras in New York and Europe, as well as in Broadway shows and commercial recording studios. She has been the recipient of many grants, including the Radcliffe Bunting Fellowship and NEA/Artists International. Her repertoire includes violin and bowed instrument traditions of Greece, Turkey, Hungary, Romania, Norway, the Middle East and more. She is an Assistant Professor at Berklee College of Music and on the Applied Music Faculty at Tufts University.

This workshop will explore the bowed stringed instruments in regional Greek folk music. There is great variety musically in styles throughout the many regions of Greece. Whether from Epiros, Thessaly, Macedonia, the Peloponnese, the many islands, Thrace, Cyprus or Asia Minor, the violin and lyras express the unique dialect of each area. We will hear music played by the violin from all of these areas, as well as music of the Macedonian lyra, the Thracian lyra, the Pontic lyra, and the Cretan lyra. If there is time, we will end up by learning a song together – and those who play instruments are welcome to bring and play them.

The pre-registration fee is $25 per individual session, or $30 at the door (payable by cash/check.) You can also pre-register for the entire series at a discounted rate of $125. Pay securely via Paypal using the button above (at checkout, you will have the option of selecting the total number of sessions you wish to register for.)

The goal of the Boston Lykeion Ellinidon and Maliotis Cultural Center Greek Music Education Program is to increase knowledge of and appreciation for traditional Greek music. Our unique approach offers both educational presentations about the music, and the opportunity to participate in it by playing and singing.

The spring 2019 course will be composed of six sessions, 2.5 hours per session. Each session will have a different instructor, and focus on a particular aspect of Greek music, including musical history, influences, instrumentation, styling, significant figures and musicians, and contemporary manifestations.

The class will be participatory according to each leader’s discretion. The instructor may choose to invite participation throughout the session, or in a focused, compact period. Participants may elect to engage by listening, participating in the rhythmic element, singing, and/or playing their instrument.

Each session will occur if there is a minimum of 8 pre-registrants for that session. In the event that any individual session does not meet a minimum of 8 participants, registrants registered for the whole series will be refunded the proportion for the cancelled session. If a student wishes to withdraw, a full refund will be provided provided that they inform BLE, in writing, no later than one week before the class begins.


March 10, 2019
2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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Maliotis Cultural Center
50 Goddard Ave.
Brookline, MA United States
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