Patmos: The Monastery of St. John and the Book of Revelation
Professors Hector Williams and Robert Coiusland
UBC Department of Classical, Near East and Religious Studies
Upper Hall, Hellenic Centre, 4500 Arbutus Street, Vancouver
Ancient Sounds of Greece
Dr. Nikos Xanthoulis
Acadamy of Athens and the Greek National Opera
Buchanan B213, UBC Point Grey Campus
The subject of the lecture-concert will be ancient Greek music, dating from 800 BC to 400 AD. The study of this sophisticated art leads us to the roots of western culture: music, melody, chord, tone, rhythm, poetry are all words with Greek origins. Our knowledge of ancient Greek music has increased dramatically during the last hundre years, through the evidence of archeology and art, the abundance of references to music in Greek literature form the 8th century onwards, books on ancient Greek music theory from 4th C. BC to 4th C AD that survive until nowadays, the non-literary documents, the musical scores and many rediscovered papyri.
In addition to these materials, there is another crucial element that adds to our understanding: mythology. the lecture will cover the myths concertning music and musicians and will include songs performed by reconstructed instruments, the ancient lyr and salpinz (ancient trumpet). The combination of lecture and performance will transport the audience to a world which wa the cradle of western civilization.
Dr. Xanthoulis is Director of Education of the Greek National Opera, a classical trumpeter and composer whose many works include two children's operas in folk style.