Free lectures featuring some of today's most prominent archaeologists are held throughout the year.
Music from Stone, Clay, and Papyrus: Ancient Music from Mesopotamia, Egypt, and Greece
May 1, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
Philip and Gayle Neuman of Ensemble de Organographia will present an evening of ancient Sumerian, Canaanite, Egyptian, and Greek music.
Archaeological excavations have unearthed notated music, musical instruments, and images of musicians in performance from as early as 1950 BCE. Philip and Gayle Neuman draw on these rich sources to perform music of ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, and Greece with voice and a wide variety of replicas including double reed pipes, lyre, sistrum, Greek and Egyptian trumpets, and others.
The program will include the world’s oldest notated music preserved on clay tablets at Nippur and Ugarit, Egyptian banquet music from a tomb at Thebes, a choral ode by Euripides, hymns by Mesomedes of Crete, the musical epitaph of Seikilos, and a paean carved into a wall of the treasury at Delphi.
Gayle and Philip Neuman have performed at venues around the U.S. and abroad. Their CDs include Music of the Ancient Greeks and Music of the Ancient Sumerians, Egyptians, and Greeks.
The Kelso Museum of Near Eastern Archaeology will be open from 6:30-7:15 p.m. and after the lecture. The concert and reception to follow are free and open to the public.
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