Nikos Xanthoulis, associate researcher with the Academy of Athens, Greece, and head of educational programs with the Greek National Opera, will deliver the Kress Lecture for the Nashville Society of the Archaeological Institute of America on Thursday, October 25. His lecture, “Ancient Sounds of Greece,” will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Nashville Parthenon.
Using reconstructed instruments (the ancient lyre and the ancient trumpet, or salpinx), Xanthoulis will perform ancient Greek lyric songs, dating from 800 BCE to 400 CE, and examine the myths concerning music and musicians.
He holds degrees from the Sofia Music Academy (Ph.D.), the Panteion University of Athens, and the Athens and Athenaeum Conservatories. His fields of research are ancient Greek music, the ancient Greek trumpet (salpinx) and lyre, and the performance of ancient Greek lyric songs. He explores the history of ancient Greek music through original manuscripts, pottery, and traditional instruments.
Sponsored by the Archaeological Institute of America, the Vanderbilt History of Art Goldberg Lecture Series, the Department of Classical Studies, and the Conservancy for the Parthenon and Centennial Park, the lecture is free and open to the public. Call the Nashville Parthenon at 615.862.8431 to reserve a seat.