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MFAH’s “Artful Thursday” presents The Song of the Scapegoat: The Birth of Greek Tragedy

The month’s free Artful Thursday program, March 12, 2009, beginning at 6:30 pm in the Caroline Wiess Law Building of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, bears the intriguing title, The Song of the Scapegoat: The Birth of Greek Tragedy. In less than a century, the poets of Fifth-Century B.C. Athens gave birth to and then perfected the genre of Greek Tragedy.  Second only to the epics of Homer in their exalted scope and high seriousness, the tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides invited their audiences to participate in and endure titanic struggles between men and gods, order and chaos, justice and revenge, guilt and expiation.

For the March 12th Artful Thursday event at the MFAH, Dr. Louis A. Markos, Professor of English at Houston Baptist University, traces the origins of tragedy in ritual songs and dances dedicated to Dionysus; explores the communal, civic aspects of tragedy that allowed it to combine political, spiritual and philosophical issues into a seamless weave; and defines — with some help from Aristotle — the exact nature of tragic plot, character and catharsis.

Dr. Markos discusses these topics with KUHF’s Eric Ladau, who hosts the Museum of Fine Arts Houston’s monthly Artful Thursdays … in a “Front Row” Extra, which you can hear by going to the blog section of the show’s Home Page, www.kuhf.org/thefrontrow.

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NightClassics host and Station Tour Coordinator Eric Ladau graduated from Illinois State University in 1979 with a Bachelor's degree in Mass Communication. While in college, he worked at KFJM in Grand Forks North Dakota and WGLT in Bloomington, Illinois. He hosted jazz, classical, folk and blues music programs and even...

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