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Get a taste for music of history

Amidst the jazz and rock festivals, another music festival is being held although it differs substantially from the rest as it focuses on Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque music. The 2nd Early Music Festival celebrate these genres with authentic instruments and performance practices with artists from Cyprus and abroad.

The festival, which has been live since December 7 and will continue until Wednesday, includes concerts, lectures, workshops, seminars and screenings. Today’s events involve a concert of classical Ottoman music and other melodies from the eastern Mediterranean with Giannis Koutis and Zacharias Spyridakis, as well as an afternoon seminar with Menelaos-Dimitris Kountouras on the Approach and Interpretation of medieval music: The Turin Codex J.II.9.

If your Sunday is already planned out, fear not. The same seminar will take place on Monday as well as a Baroque harp recital with Flora Papadopoulos in the evening at Castelliotisa Hall.

Those who are more into visuals, can attend the screenings on Tuesday, the first being documentary A harpsichord lesson with Scott Ross at 6.30pm and the second a Baroque opera at 8pm.

In true musical style, the festival will close with the concert The Mug of Brown Ale with music from the British isles and French baroque with Menelaos-Dimitris Kountouras (Baroque flute) and Flora Papadopoulos (Baroque harp).

2nd Early Music Festival
Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque Music festival with concerts, seminars, screenings and more. Until December 12. ARTE Music Academy, Nicosia. Various times. Tel: 22-676823

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