Selected lecture topics:

  'Voyage en Orient': western composers turning their sight to the east
  The yearning for the exotic, the foreign and the strange, has been always connected to a somewhat mesmerized longing for eastern cultures. Such human tendency could be well absorbed among European composers, who have written a variety of musical works inspired by the Middle and Far East.
This lecture will take us to a thrilling and exciting journey by which we shall make acquaintance with the most known and cherished musical compositions related to this genre. Apart from listening to the diverse repertoire, acquaintance will be made with exemplary composers alongside identification of the musical elements which they have used.
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  Of nations and heroes: patriotism in western art music
  A sense of social solidarity, patriotism and nationalistic expressions has been always a dominant feature in western culture. Such feelings were never to have skipped European composers, who have written a multitude of musical works aimed at glorifying nations' spirit and heroes, portraying their native landscape or calling them up to the flag.
This lecture shall focus on exemplary works praising composers' national heros, folk and nations. Apart from listening to the diverse repertoire, acquaintance will be made with basic musical concepts alongside identification of the musical elements which have been used.
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  Of folklore and foreign lands: Composers glance beyond their front yard
  'Exoticism', the term so closely tied with 19th century thought, has been well represented by composers reflecting on their closest neighbors. Indeed, many musical compositions have been based on dances, folk- tunes and other related folklore elements associated with European minorities' cultures or the 'Levant'.
This lecture will take us on an exciting geographic journey all the way from the eastern part of Europe to the land of opportunities beyond the ocean. Apart from listening to the diverse repertoire, acquaintance will be made with exemplary composers alongside identification of the musical elements which they have used.
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  An angel or a 'femme fatale'?: the woman figure in music
  Woman's enigmatic figure has been the subject of many musical compositions. Through a fascinating glance at a variety of repertoire dealing with this narrative, we shall explore the diverse means by which women are musically illustrated, together with the change in their status and role observed over the years.
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  Opera, queen of the arts
  Opera is regarded one of the most sublime genres, fitting together a variety of artistic idioms into one whole, total experience. Indeed, the combination of theatre, dance and music brings about a spectacular production, created through the joint collaboration of directors, scenic- decorators, actors, singers, players, dancers and other artistic agents. This lecture shall focus on some of the most famous and magnificent operas created throughout the years. Apart from watching and listening to the diverse repertoire, acquaintance will be made with exemplary composers alongside identification of the musical elements which they have used.
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  On spinning and bows: a dizzying glance at the Ballet
  Ballet is a unique genre by which a narrative is communicated through dancing accompanied by purely instrumental music. Closely tied to the Opera, this spectacular style of theatrical dancing is created through the joint collaboration of directors, scenic- decorators, actors, players and dancers.
This lecture shall focus on some of the most famous and magnificent ballets created throughout the years. Apart from watching and listening to the diverse repertoire, acquaintance will be made with exemplary composers alongside identification of the musical elements which they have used.
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  'Program Music': story, notes and whatever is between
  Music, called 'queen of the arts' by its admirers, might seem at times too vague and inconceivable, raising occasional questions such as "what were the composer's intentions?" or "what is the story behind the work?"...
Yet, a broad range of musical repertoire is directly connected to stories or other extra-musical narratives.
This lecture shall examine the fascinating relation between the world of legends, drama and fiction and their directly inspired musical works. Apart from acquaintance with a selection of canonical writings, an examination of a variety of compositions related to the genre will be made through auditory and visual means, made alongside identification of the musical elements which they have used.
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