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.
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.