Volume 2019 | Philokallia

Volume 2019

Once again, the Philokallia Association invites you to the Archaion Kallos International Festival of Orthodox Music. Join us for 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 Philokallia Association (philokalliaa word of Greek origin meaning “love of the beautiful”) gave this name to the first and only festival of Orthodox music in Prague because we 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 musicZnamenny ChantEarly Russian Polyphony through romanticism (S. Rachmaninoff, P. Chesnokov and others), to works by leading contemporary composers such as Arvo Pärt and Valentin Silvestrov as well as world premieres of both established and emerging Czech composers – this year we have commissioned a piece by Michal Rataj.

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.


Byzantium in Café Campus

2. 10. 2019, 7:30 P.M.

Traditional sacred folk music from various areas of the former Eastern Roman Empire (Constantinople, Thrace, Cyprus, and others) rendered by the Cypriot ensemble Santouto.

Charalambos Panteli: Greek lute
Christos Christodoulou: Sound Engineer
George Lambrou: Violin
Konstantina Xenofontos: Vocals

Veronika Aloneftou: Santur

Venue: Café Kampus, Náprstkova 10, 110 00 Praha 1
Admission: 280 CZK, 200 CZK
Tickets available online here

The concert is being organized with the support of the Embassy of Cyprus in Prague and the Cultural Services of the Ministry of Education and Culture of Cyprus.

Treasures of Russian Sacred Music, part 1.
The Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom with Early Russian Chant

6. 10. 2019, 9:30 A.M. (!) -ENTRANCE FREE

Znamenny Chant, Early Russian Polyphony

Prague male chamber choir, choir master: Alexej Kleptsin (Russia, Czech Republic)

Venue: Church of Ss. Cyril and Methodius, Resslova 9a, Prague 2
This event in an integral part of the service.

Treasures of Russian Sacred Music, part 2.
The Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom
by the “Moscow school”

6. 10. 2019, 7:30 P.M.

S. Rachmaninoff, P. Chesnokov, A. Kastalsky and others

Prague Singers, choir master: Stanislav Mistr

Venue: Church of Ss. Cyril and Methodius, Resslova 9a, Prague 2

Admission: 250 CZK, 150 CZK
Tickets available online here


Spasi Bože…
A tribute to M. Košler

7. 10. 2019, 7:30 P.M.

It is a little known fact that Miroslav Košler, a prominent Czech chorus master had a strong relationship to Orthodox music. This is evident from his numerous arrangements of Orthodox music (e.g. see his CD Spasi Bože) and also from the fact that he was the first to teach the craft of conducting Orthodox Music to the Greek musicians Marios Christou (director of Archaion Kallos festival) and Solon Kladas. This concert will present works, which M. Košler loved, conducted and arranged, rendered by his students Jiří PetrdlíkOndřej KunovskýPavel Trojan Jr. and Marios Christou as well as the world premiere of the Czech version of Agni parthene, the renowned hymn by Saint Nectarios of Aegina.
ProgrammeD. Bortniansky, P. I. Tchaikovsky, S. Rachmaninoff,  A. Kastalsky, traditional orthodox music arranged by Miroslav Košler and other.

Prague Mixed Choir, choir master: Jiří Petrdlík
Charles University Choir in Prague (VUS UK)
, choir master: Ondřej Kunovský
Philokallia Ensemble & Choir of the Cathedral of Ss. Cyril and Methodius
choir master: Marios Christou, guest conductor: Pavel Trojan Jr.
The children’s choir of Cyril and Method’s school, choir master: Sakvina Larissa

Venue: Church of Ss. Cyril and Methodius, Resslova 9a, Prague 2

Admission: 250 CZK, 150 CZK
Tickets online available here

Byzantine Music by Bohuslav Martinů

10. 10. 2019, 7:30 P.M.

After the great success of the concert The Greek Pascha of Bohuslav Martinů (2017) and as a commemoration of sixty years since the composer’s death, the festival once again presents a concert of the Byzantine hymns used in Martinů’s famous opera Greek Passion and in a newly discovered manuscript of the composer on Byzantine Octoechos. Hymns will be sung both in their original form and in Martinů’s arrangements from the opera.

Piccolo corochoir master: Marek Valášek (Czech republic)
solo: Grigorios Anastasiou (Greece)

Venue: Church of Ss. Cyril and Methodius, Resslova 9a, Prague 2

Admission: 250 CZK, 150 CZK
Tickets available online here

Hesychasm – Music from Silence

20. 10. 2019, 7:30 P.M.


Arvo Pärt, Valentin Silvestrov, Michal Rataj, st. John Koukouzelis, byzantine chant and other.

The final concert of the festival is traditionally concerned with hesychasm, quietness and inner silence.

Jan Pudlák: piano
Kyriakos Kyriakou: piano
Philokallia Ensemble, artistic director: Marios Christou
Michal Rataj: live electronics

Venue: Liechtenstein Palace – Galerie, HAMU, Malostranské nám. 13, Praha 1

Admission: 200 CZK, 150 CZK
Tickets online available here




16. 10. 2019, 8:00 P.M.  ENTRANCE FREE


a documentary film

by Yannis Lambrou

Language: Greek, subtitles: English

Venue: Church of Ss. Cyril and Methodius, Resslova 9a, Prague 2



1.10. – 31.10. 2019

An exhibition of Orthodox Icons by Cornel Teofil Pop (Romanian iconographer, www.cornelpop.cz)
At the Carpathian Church of St. Michael the Archangel, Kinského garden, Prague 5 – Smíchov
Entrance free

Monday: 8:00–10:00 A.M.
Wednesday: 7:00–8:00 P.M.
Friday: 7:00–8:00 P.M
Saturday: 7:00–9:00 P.M
Sunday: 9:00 A.M–1:00 P.M.


 14. 10. 2019, 6:00 P.M / ENTRANCE FREE

Prof. Evžen Kindler: teolog a muzikolog

Haig Utidjian, Ph.D., CAS (GSMD), M.Sc. (DIC), B.Sc.


Cathedral Church of Sts Cyril and Methodius (Katedrální chrám sv. Cyrila a Metoděje)
Resslova 9a; 120 00 Praha 2- Nové Město