The Conroe Symphony Orchestra, based in Montgomery County, Texas, near Houston, has hired its first female orchestra conductor — Anna-Maria Gkouni, who hails from Athens, Greece.

The Board of Directors of the Symphony welcomed the Greek native at a small reception held in her honor on March 16 at the Conroe Symphony Centre.

Board of Directors Chair, The Honorable Kathleen Hamilton told the assembly that Gkouni “takes the reins as the Symphony’s new Conductor and Music Director.

While Kamala Harris shattered a few glass ceilings metaphorically — becoming the first woman, the first Black American and the first South Asian American elected vice president — Swiss artist Simon Berger did it literally.


For the first time in history, a sitting U.S. president has brought with him to the White House a pet adopted from a shelter.President Biden’s dog, Major Biden, was adopted by the family in 2018 from the Delaware Humane Association, a shelter located in the president’s home state. Major was one of six German shepherd puppies at the shelter. While fostering Major, the Bidens had such a positive experience, they decided to make ownership official through adoption, according to the Delaware Humane Association’s Facebook page.

Constantino Brumidi (July 26, 1805 – February 19, 1880) was a Greek-Italian-American historical painter, best known and honored for his fresco work in the Capitol Building in Washington, DC.

Brumidi was born in Rome; his father was a Greek from Filiatra in the province of Messinia, Greece, and his mother an Italian. He showed his talent for fresco painting at an early age and painted in several Roman palaces.  In 1849 he sailed for the United States, where he became a naturalized citizen in 1852.

The Apotheosis of Washington, his most ambitious work at the Capitol Building, was painted in 11 months at the end of the Civil War, soon after the new dome was completed, for $40,000. The figures, up to 15 feet tall, were painted to be intelligible from close up as well as from 180 feet below. Some of the groups and figures were inspired by classical and Renaissance images, especially by those of the Italian master Raphael.

What unites Greeks and Americans? Join us as we celebrate 200 years of friendship with our year-long campaign that will include educational and cultural events across Greece. Follow us as we highlight our historic relationship, from 1821 to the present, and the bonds of mutual respect and shared values that unite our peoples.  Greece 2021 #USGREECE2021 


There are many factors that contribute to your success as an emerging entrepreneur. But one of the most important is the strength of your social capital. The YTILI Fellowship Program offers an innovative and immersive opportunity to work alongside business leaders in major U.S. cities to expand your personal and professional ties.

The United States is rejoining the Paris Agreement, renewing its commitment to partnering with other nations to tackle the global threat of climate change.

After his January 20 inaugural address, President Biden signed formal documentationreturning the United States to the December 12, 2015, Paris Agreement, a critical framework for avoiding potentially disastrous consequences from climate change.

“There is no time to waste,” Biden said in the Oval Office, as he signed a U.S. acceptance of the agreement. “We’re going to combat climate change in a way we have not before.”

Fans of old classics are now free to use and adapt stories, songs and films published in 1925 thanks to U.S. copyright laws’ protections for both the livelihoods of creators and the enjoyment of future generations.  Among the thousands of works that entered the public domain January 1, 2021, are classic novels, such as F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway, as well as the jazz standard “Sweet Georgia Brown” and songs by Gertrude “Ma” Rainey.

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