October01 2018 (Mon)
7:30 PM

Cyprus - Island of Saints and Crossroad of Musical Cultures

Archaion Kallos Festival of Orthodox Music 2018

Ss.Cyril and Methodius Cathedral | Classical Music

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Date: October 01, 2018 | 19:30 (Mon)
Venue: Ss.Cyril and Methodius Cathedral
Duration: 60 minutes
Status: Not available
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Enjoy this beautiful spiritual and musical experience! 

First time in Prague: A concert presenting hitherto unknown Byzantine compositions to Prague's audience from the musical archives of Cyprus (Kykkos Monastery, the Church of Cyprus, and others) along with Ars Nova and Ars subtilior polyphony from the prominent Cypriot codex known as the Turin Manuscript J.II.9, i.e. music that one could hear in the Middle Ages in the temples of Nicosia situated only a few metres away.

Performing: 

Schola Gregoriana Pragensis
David Eben - artistic director
Philokallia Ensemble & Choir of the Cathedral of Ss. Cyril and Methodius
Marios Christou - artistic director
Antonios Aetopoulos  - Protopsaltis
Choir of the Archiepiscopal Grammar School of Prague 
Aikaterini AsfouraIgor Angelov - conductors

About the festival: 

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" - the beauty which man beheld in Paradise and which he experienced after Creation. 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.

As in previous years festival will present a wide and varied spectrum of Orthodox music, ranging from the sounds of Byzantine music, through romanticism (S. Rachmaninoff – All-Night Vigil), to works by leading contemporary composers such as Arvo Pärt and Gennadij N. Lapajev as well as world premieres of the works of young Czech composers – Jakub Rataje and Jan Dušek.

Please note: 

The concert has no intermission. 

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