October14 2020 (Wed)
7:30 PM

Hesychasm – The Sounds of Silence

Archaion Kallos 2020

St. Wenceslas Church - Na Zderaze | Classical Music

60 minutes | Available

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Date: October 14, 2020 | 19:30 (Wed)
Venue: St. Wenceslas Church - Na Zderaze
Duration: 60 minutes
Status: Available
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Group discount 10+ people

A distinct concert of the festival that is traditionally concerned with hesychasm,

quietness and inner silence and the multi-sound music that evokes from it, this year inspired by the work and personality of St. John Koukouzelis, whose 740th birthday anniversary we are celebrating this year.


Byzantine music rendered by the outstanding Protopsaltis I. Tsounis and Philokallia Ensemble accompanied by sound installations and electroacoustic music of contemporary Czech composers.

St. John KoukouzelisKoinonikon – 1st Plagal Mode, kratema – 3rd Mode aj.
byzantine choral music dedicated to St. John Koukouzelis
Slavomír Hořínka: Face, sound installation (Prague premiere)
Mikuláš Mrva: Multi-sonorous feast (world premiere)


Ioannis Tsounis: protopsaltis (chanter), Greece
Philokallia Ensemble, artistic director: Marios Christou

About the festival: 

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.

As in previous years, the festival will present a wide and varied spectrum of Orthodox music, ranging from the sounds of Byzantine music through romanticism (P. I. Tchaikovsky), to works by leading contemporary composers such as Philip GlassArvo Pärt and Ivan Moody, as well as world premieres of both established and emerging Czech composers – this year there will be sound installations by Slavomír Hořínka and Mikuláš Mrva and a piano piece by Jan Dřízal.

The festival is held under the auspices of:
the Minister of Culture, Lubomír Zaorálek
the Ambassador of the Republic of Cyprus, Antonios Theocharous
the Mayor of Prague 2, Jana Černochová
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.


  • No intermission
  • Dress code: casual

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