Three Greek musicians

The Traditional Music Department offers opportunities to learn about and enjoy Hellenic musical culture, from instruction and workshops to concerts and performances. The department is chaired by Sandy Theodorou, a vocalist, accordionist, and laouto player who specializes in traditional Greek regional music and Greek urban rebetika.

In 2018, the department will launch the inaugural Boston Lykeion Ellinidon Participatory Courses in Greek Traditional Music, with the support of Dr. Pantel Vokonas. Participants will learn about traditional Greek music from master level instructors in six weekly two-hour sessions. Courses will include lectures by the instructors and a participatory segment in which students may choose to play or sing sample selections representative of the theme of the course.

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Participatory Courses in Traditional Greek Music

Feb. 12-Mar. 19, 2018: The Music of Greece: From Homer to Xenakis

Instructor: Lefteris Kordis, DMA, associate professor, Berklee College of Music

This course focused on selected topics in the music of Greece from the 3rd century C.E. to the 1970s. Taking into account the historical circumstances at the time, we investigated the ways in which Byzantine and Acritic music and neighboring music traditions laid the foundation for the development of Demotic music (island and mainland), the music of the Cretan Renaissance, and other significant genres, such as Asia Minor (smyrneika, politika), rebetika, laika, entehna and political activist songs. Over the course of six weeks, participants participated in listening to, analyzing, and playing or singing selections representative of the themes covered.

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