The Acropolis Museum welcomes the summer season with a unique music concert in the Parthenon Gallery. The concert, a water-organ and a harp recital, is organized in cooperation with the Association of Friends of the European Cultural Centre of Delphi. Famous Greek organist Ourania Gassiou will play the hydraulis, while harpist Thodoris Matoulas’s performance will conclude the event.
The hydraulis is a water-organ that was a product of the advanced urban lifestyle of the ancient Mediterranean city of Alexandria. Ctesibius, one of the most famous engineers of his time, built the first organ, which was operated by compressed air that was first channeled through a container of water to equalize the pressure. Soon, the hydraulis could be found in temples, theatres, hippodromes, fairs, and even the Roman imperial court.
While digging outside the villa of Dionysus at Dion in August 1992, professor Dimitris Pandermalis and his colleagues came across an unexpected find, as a row of pipes and some large copper slabs bearing the impressions of pipes had come to light at ground level on the site of an ancient workshop. It was established that the Dion water-organ was in fact a hydraulis that dates back to the 1st century B.C., making it the oldest surviving musical instrument of its kind.
In 1995 a reconstruction project started, and by 1999 a working replica of hydraulis was made based on the archaeological finding and on ancient descriptions. The remains of the ancient hydraulis are exhibited at the Archaeological Museum of Dion.
Before the concert, professor Dimitris Pandermalis will talk about the history of the hydraulis and the excavation at Dion.
Where: Acropolis Museum, Parthenon Gallery
When: March 30, 7pm
Admission to the concert is free. Tickets will become available at the Museum’s ticket desk at 6.30 p.m. on the day of the event.
Tickets to the concert also allow visitors to stroll through the Parthenon Gallery from 6.30pm until the museum’s closing time.
For more information, you can visit the museum’s website.