Hellenic Culture Event Features Multimedia Solo Performer

Spaneas Compositions Draw on Greek Philosophy, Mythology

Demitrious Spaneas

Demitrious Spaneas

04/15/2009
By Geoffrey Douglas

Demitrious Spaneas, a musician-composer who spent much of his childhood in Lowell, will be the solo performer at a multimedia presentation of his compositions, Sunday, April 26 at 2 p.m. in the O’Leary Library auditorium.

The performance of his compositions, based on Greek philosophy and mythology and other works that mix Greek and ethnic music, is co-sponsored by UMass Lowell and the city’s Hellenic Culture Society.  It will be introduced by University Provost Ahmed Abdelal, who will speak to the audience about Hellenic-American cooperation in Lowell as well as the University’s plans for international programs, including prospective partnerships with several universities in Greece.

Spaneas, who will play the flute, clarinet and saxophone, will be accompanied only by electronic music and by the background from a short film he made in collaboration with an international team of filmmakers.

The artist has been featured at music festivals from France to Uzbekistan, and in October will be directing an arts festival in Athens.  He has appeared as a guest artist at Harvard, the American University of Bulgaria, the Xenakis Center for Creative Research in Athens, the Chemyakin Foundation in St. Petersburg and many other schools and institutions.  He has taught at Northeastern, Suffolk University and the New England Conservatory, and is currently composer-in-residence with the Bay Area Chamber Symphony in San Francisco.  There are two solo recordings available of his work. 

The event is free and open to the public. 

For more information, contact Paul_Marion@uml.edu, executive director of Community Relations, at  978-934-3107.