Archaion Kallos Festival 2021
Ss.Cyril and Methodius Cathedral |
60 minutes |
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The first part of the concert will lead us to the olden days of Bulgarian sacred music which originates in the Slavic regions of contemporary Bulgaria and Macedonia at the turn of the 9th and 10th centuries.
Bulgarian sacred music is based on the Greek musical tradition and is enriched with elements of Old Slavic literature from the Preslav and Ohrid literary schools. Although it has undergone a thousand-year development, its basic musical form remains relatively conservatively preserved in its original form. It is also interesting for the listeners to encounter music which comes from the direct line of the Cyril and Methodius tradition.
In the second part of the program you will hear the concert premiere of selected parts of the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom by composer Igor Angelov.
This elaboration is based on the original and well-known motifs used in the Bulgarian liturgical tradition to this day, and is enriched by contemporary harmonious practices while maintaining respect for old texts and tunes.
artistic director: Igor Angelov
Archaion Kallos International Festival of Orthodox Music invites you to a beautiful spiritual and musical experience. In its literal sense, the Greek expression “archaion kallos” means “ancient beauty,” but in the vocabulary of the Holy Fathers of the Eastern Christian Church, “archaion kallos” speaks of a certain archetype, an “original beauty;” that is to say, the beauty which man beheld in Paradise and which he experienced after Creation.
The association Philokallia (a word of Greek origin meaning “love of the beautiful”) gave this name to the first and only festival of Orthodox music in Prague because they perceive every act in sacred music, whether of composition or interpretation, as a kind of conscious or unconscious search for this pristine beauty, the Archaion Kallos.
The festival is held under the auspices of:
the Minister of Culture, Lubomír Zaorálek,
the Mayor of Prague 2, Jana Černochová,
the Ambassador of the Hellenic Republic H.E. Mr. Athanassios Paressoglou,
the Ambassador of the Republic of Cyprus, H. E. Mr. Antonios Theocharous
and with the blessings of
His Eminence Michal, Archbishop of Prague and the Czech Lands.
We look forward to seeing you and trust that this year’s festival will take us all a step closer to Archaion Kallos.
Complete program of the Festival Archaion Kallos
The Orthodox Cathedral of Ss Cyril and Methodius was originally a catholic church. Built in 1736 by Kilián Ignác Dientzenhofer and Pavel Ignác Bayer, it was dedicated to St. Charles Borromeo. The church was deconsecrated in the reforms of Emperor Joseph II and in 1785, with the neighboring house for retired priests, it was converted into a military depot and barracks.
In 1921, the Czechoslovak Orthodox Church was founded. The Church gained (at that time) unused temple and restored it. It has become the main Orthodox Church of Czech lands and a cathedral, seat of bishop. Occasional classical music concerts and regular services are held at the church.
Nowadays, the Cathedral of Ss Cyril and Methodius is famous due to Operation Anthropoid.
After the successful assassination on Reichsprotektor Reinhardt Heydrich on 27th May 1942, the group of seven brave Czechoslovak paratroopers were offered a shelter in Church´s krypt. Unfortunately, after few days, the SS troops discovered them and attacked the church. The paratroopers resisted and in last minute, before the SS would capture them, they committed suicide. Their last words were: "We will not surrender. Never. We are Czech."
The Operation Anthropoid resulted in furious vengeance of the Nazis. The towns Lidice and Ležáky were exterminated, all men killed, women and children abducted in the concentration camps. Bishop Gorazd and other representatives of the Czech Orthodox Church and their family members were executed for sheltering paratroopers.
Nowadays, in the Church and in the crypt is the National Monument to the Heroes of the Terror of Heydrich.