A photograph of the orchestry put together by donor's grandfather, Spiros Safrithis between 1913 and 1929.
Photograph is black and white, and in relatively poor shape having been ripped down the middle and taped back together. There are also torn edges and corners across the entire photograph, and various stains and splotches scattered throughout.
Donor's grandfater, Spiros Safrithis, is seated dead center, first row, holding the baton.
Spiros Safrithis came to the US from Greece in 1912 as a self-taught musician and composer of choral music.
He originally arrived in Washington D.C. where he pioneered a new style of liturgical music wich incorporated polyphonic aspects. For this he was branded a "heretic" and barred from playing in many choir orchestras.
However, over the years, his style gained acceptance and he traveled to Baltimore, Jacksonville, Florida, St. Louis, New York, and Chicago to train and lead Greek Orthodox choirs.
Spiros Safrithis passed away in Chicago, in 1938, at the age of 57.
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Photograph, 1913 – 1929, Spiros Safrithis Collection, National Hellenic Museum, https://collections.nationalhellenicmuseum.org/Detail/objects/5534. Accessed 03/02/21.