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The Hellenic Professional Society of Texas is a non-profit organization
whose goals are to organize social, educational and cultural activities,
to encourage the pursuit of education among people of Greek descent, to
facilitate cooperation between professionals of Greek descent and to promote
Greek language and culture.
The Society was established in Houston, Texas in 1975 by a group of friends
who shared the desire to preserve the rich culture and heritage of Greece
and the spirit of Hellenism in their new country.
One of the primary functions of the Society has been the continuous support
of the educational aspirations of deserving young members of the community.
To that effect, a scholarship fund was created in 1977, and university
students of Greek and Greek-American descent have received scholarships
on the basis of scholastic achievement, extracurricular activities, and
In addition to the succesfull scholarship program, the Society supports
Greek learning in many other ways.The Society has helped the parochial
Greek Schools financially and by involving its members in special projects.
The Society also supports and encourages initiatives and programs in major
Texas universities when they relate to our Greek heritage. For the last
six years it has sponsored the Modern Greek langage course at the University
of Houston. It has also contributed to endowments and scholarships established
in the name of known professors or in subjects pertaining to Greek culture
Every year the Society holds a series of events; some "traditional"
or at least considered as such by the members, and some that are one of
They just "happen", and they leave memories to the people who
attend .....memories that are one of a kind.
Twety-one years ago, the Society's very first cultural event was a
concert whose proceeds were contributed to the Cyprus Refugee Fund.
Last year , we still had reasons to think -with concern- of Cyprus.
In observance of the 20th "anniversary" of the Turkish invasion,
the Society presented the lecture "Cyprus: A Commemoration And An
Update" given by The Honorable William Crassas, Honorary Consul General
of the Republic of Cyprus in Houston, Texas.
HEROIC AND ELEGIAC SONG
FOR THE LOST SECOND LIEUTENANT OF THE ALBANIAN CAMPAIGN
Blytas, one of the Society's founders - and also founder and director of
The Houston Sinfonietta - inspired by Odysseas Elytis' poem, created this
composition for Choir and Orchestra.
He directed The Houston Sinfonietta and The Hellenic Choir of Houston at
the premiere performance of his work on April 30,1995 at Rice University's
The concert was co-sponsored by The Hellenic Professional Society of Texas
and The Institute of International Education.
It was one of the events presented in conjuction with IIE's 19th Festival
of Nations, honoring Greece.
MUSICAL MYTHOLOGY OF MANOS HADJIDAKIS On April 16, 1994, members of
the Society's Greek Language Committee
hosted an evening presenting the magic of Hadjidakis' work.
The event took place at the University of St. Thomas and included biographical
readings, a slide show and a live performance of the composer's most loved
GREAT FUN...GREEK STYLE
There is always an excuse to have fun, and Greek Carnival presents
one of the best!!!!
Thanks to the talents and creativity of members of the Society,
Taverna Night '95 turned out to be one of the most memorable occasions!
In the pursuit of promoting and presenting an expression of our Greek heritage...not
only we had great fun but but we also succeeded in turning the event into
one of the most profitable fund raisers!
Sponsored by the Society, the Hellenic Folk Dancing Group of Houston is
known in the Houston community for its contributions towards the preservation
and promotion of our cultural heritage. The objectives of the Hellenic
Folk Dancing Group of Houston are:
To teach and learn Greek dances with special attention and concern on the
authenticity of movement and music;
To relate the dances to other elements of Greek folklore, such as costumes,
folk songs, tales, etc;
To link Greek
dances to their historical, social, and traditional context;
To present Greek dancing to non-Greek audiences through performances, lectures
and special presentations.
For more information on the Society and The
Hellenic Folk Dancing Group of Houston
The Hellenic Professional Society of Texas
Houston, Texas 77001
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