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24 Aug 2004
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Another World Premiere at the Olympic Museum

After the success of Olympiada, the opera performed recently outside on the terrace, and to provide a fitting end to this summer’s events, the Olympic Museum will be presenting Olympionikais next Sunday, a concert of ancient music created and conducted by Conrad Steinmann, and performed by the Melpomen ensemble.


Music and poetry from 2,000 years ago

This concert is a reconstitution of the music played in Greece more than 2,000 years ago. It is based on odes written by Pindar, a poet and musician from the 5th century BC, whose compositions included the Epinikia, odes to mark the triumphs of the victorious athletes at the Games in Olympia, Delphi and Corinth.



Pindar’s works, featuring quotations from Homer, are brought to life in this concert which combines music and poetry. A choir asks him questions, which he answers. As a reporter poet, in keeping with the ancient tradition, he will include the names of some of the winners at the 2004 Games in Athens!


What is the Melpomen ensemble?

The Melpomen vocal and instrumental group was created by Conrad Steinmann himself to play ancient music. Using instruments whose names are mostly unfamiliar to us (salpinx, tympanon, krotala, aulos, seistron and kithara), this small group of keen musicians is the first to recreate the sounds and music of more than 2,000 years ago.


Olympionikais will be performed at 4 p.m. on Sunday 29 August in the Museum auditorium. The concert will be preceded by a presentation of the instruments used, starting at 2.30 p.m.

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