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Looking for a venue to experience authentic live Greek music while you are in Athens? The Phillipos Nakos Conservatory, conveniently located within easy reach of Syntagma Square, hosts free (or cheap) concerts on a regular basis. With so many of Greece’s top musicians having either studied or taught at this internationally known music school, it is no wonder they are able to fill their concert hall with so many talented Greek performers. This is a great place visit to expand your Greek repertoire beyond Never on Sunday and Zorba the Greek!

The Conservatory, which is located at 41 Ippokatous Street, near Navarinou Street, will host the following concerts in February 2008:

February 5, 2008 at 20:30 (8:30 pm)  The Conservatory presents Christina ArgyriFREE

February 8, 2008 at 20:30 (8:30 pm)  A tribute to Miles Davis | Costas Baltazanis – Nikos Dellaportas. FREE 

February 9, 2008 at 19:00 (7:00 pm)  The Youth for the Youth concerts | Isidora Kopsida, oboe. FREE 

February 16, 2008 at 19:00 (7:00 pm) The Youth for the Youth series | Konstantinos Alexandris, bass trombone. FREE

February 19, 2008 at 20:30 (8:30 pm)  Dellaportas Quartet – featuring primarily original compositions with Nikos Paraoulakis, Chrisostomos Boukalis,Nikos Christopoulos. Bet you never thought about Greek jazz before! FREE  

The Conservatory also hosts ticketed events in their concert hall, covering a wide range of musical genres:

February 2, 2008 at 20:30 (8:30 pm) Echomethia, classical, flamenco and jazz guitar recital by Dimitris Kotronakis, 12 euro, students 8 euro

February 4, 2008 at 20:30 (8:30 pm)  From the myth to poetry | N. Nikopoulos, flute – Ch. Sakellaridis, piano. 12 euro, students 8 euro

February 11, 2008 at 20:30 (8:30 pm) Difono magaine presents contemporary singer Dimitris Zervoudakis20 euro, students 15 euro

February 13, 2008 at 20:30 (8:30 pm) The Hellenic Trio interprets works by Greek composers

February 18, 2008 at 20:30 (8:30 pm) Difono magaine presents  folk rocker Nikos Ziogalas – Odysseas Tsiakalos

The Phillipos Nakas Conservatory is located at 41 Ippokratous Street, near Navarinou Street. It is a couple of blocks off of Solonos street in Exarchia.


By Athensguide

How does a little girl from Skokie, Illinois find herself in historical Athens, leading curious explorers through the winding streets of Plaka, down "pezodromos" to hidden ouzeries for tempting mezedhes and homemade barrel wine? The journey began more than twenty years ago, and regardless of whether the wanderlust comes from the spiritual and culture DNA flowing through my veins, or the alignment of the stars on that cold mid-December day this Sagitterian came into the world, I never seem to tire of exploring my adopted homeland of Greece. Here you'll join me as I explore Athens: be it the back streets of Psirri and Gazi, or through the National Gardens and Zappeio where a family of turtles makes their home, or down wide, treelined Imittou Street in Pagrati, which pulses with Athenian life 24 hours a day. And while Athens has stolen my heart, the rest of Greece vies for my curiousity and wanderlust. My two guys (that'd be the Greek God, Vasilis and our Greek dog, Scruffy) and I can often be found settling in for a long weekend in some charming mountain village, or a quaint fishing port on a nearby island, or learning how Greek vitners are producing wines that rival some of Napa Valley's finests productions, or celebrating a panayeri in Epirus or sharing in the festivities as a family of Cretan sheepherders come together to sheer their 1500 sheep in the spring ... And if you happen to find yourself heading to Athens, consider finding yourself a real home for your stay. Living amongst the locals, be it for 3 nights or 3 weeks, will offer you the chance to experience true Athens, beyond the Acropolis. Choose from one of our 5 beautiful penthouse and historical homes, and who knows, I may be leading you down that winding "pezodromo" to our favorite hidden ouzerie!