October12 2020 (Mon)
7:30 PM

Philokalia Today

Archaion Kallos 2020

Liechtenstein Palace - Gallery | Classical Music

60 minutes | Available

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Date: October 12, 2020 | 19:30 (Mon)
Venue: Liechtenstein Palace - Gallery
Duration: 60 minutes
Status: Available
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Group discount 10+ people

Contemporary instrumental music inspired by Orthodox spirituality


Philip Glass: Piano Quintet ”Annunciation”, Czech premiere
Jan Dřízal: Makom, World premiere
Arvo Pärt: Fratres (violin and piano version)
Ivan Moody: Kharama


Andrea Mottlová (Vavrušová) – piano

Sedlacek Quartet
Michal Sedláček: 1st violin
Jan Maceček: 2nd violin
Tomáš Krejbich: viola
Matěj Štěpánek: Cello

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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