Date of Lecture: April 21, 2016
About the Speaker: Spyridon Antonopoulos is the founder and director of the vocal ensemble Psaltikon. His is a graduate of Brown University and the New England Conservatory, and earned his Ph.D. in musicology from City University London in 2015. He is a regular member of Cappella Romana, with whom he has sung in concerts and festivals across Europe and the United States, and has spoken at dozens of international academic conferences. He is a singer on Stanford’s “Icons of Sound” project, as well as a singer and researcher for UCLA/USC’s “Bodies and Spirits: Soundscapes of Byzantium.” Both projects are multidisciplinary collaborations focusing on acoustics and the interplay of sound, space, and liturgy in the Middle Ages.
About the Talk: In a pre-concert lecture, Antonopoulos gives an overview of Byzantine chant, the sacred music of the Eastern Orthodox liturgical rite, and explores its written and oral traditions. He also discusses the theological, liturgical and musical differences between the psalmodic traditions of the Greek East and Latin West.