Nights of star-gazing to music at the Athens Observatory in Thissio

A new programme of events combining the observation of the night sky with music will begin at the National Observatory of Athens Visitors’ Centre in Thission this month, under the headline “Musical Constellations”.

The Athens Observatory’s latest initiative to reach out to the general public invites visitors to the summit of Pnyx Hill in central Athens, to observe the constellations of the spring and summer sky through the Doridis telescope, “guided” by astronomical and musical pathways.

The first musical evening in the series will be on Sunday March 19, shortly before the spring equinox, when cellist and Cretan lyra player Giorgos Kaloudis performs a series of improvisations and unreleased compositions “In the Constellation of Lyra”.

The “Jazz and Baroque Constellations” on April 23 is the next evening in the series, with guitar player Tilemachos Mousas, jazz vocalist Nasia Gofa and musical saw soloist Nikos Yiouseff joining forces, combining the sound palette of Monteverdi and Duke Ellington to create an otherwordly atmosphere. They will be joined by soprano Fiori-Anastasiou Metallinou singing 16th century songs, while the arrangements will incorporate sounds recorded in space.

The concerts begin at 20:30 and are followed by observations from the Doridis Telescope on the Nymph Hill. Tickets must be bought in advance.