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Archaion Kallos 2018

Enlightenment and Illumination in Eastern Chant

 

The Philokallia Association once again 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. 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 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 we are this year commemorating the 240th anniversary of the death of one of the greatest post-Byzantine composers of the 18th century, Petros Peloponnesios, the festival is also to be marked by the theme of “Enlightenment and Illumination in Eastern Chant.” The idea of light is at the root of the words "enlightenment" and "illumination," but their application as manifestations of Western and Eastern thought has been very different. The Age of Enlightenment (Aufklärung, le Siècle des Lumières) was centred on human reason as the prime means of the advancement of the human race. Such a notion has generally been seen in opposition to ecclesiastical dogma (notably in 18th century France). In juxtaposition to this, the music of the Eastern Church has, as one of the ecclesiastical arts, been viewed as a means of Illumination (φωτισμός), in which mankind is lit not by human reason, but by the experience of God. Two concerts, a Divine Liturgy, several lectures, and the International Conference Sacred Music East and West will be devoted to this topic (for further information about the conference here).
The festival this October will also be exceptional thanks to its tribute to the sacred musical heritage of the Island of Cyprus with the concert Cyprus - Island of Saints and Crossroad of Musical Cultures. This will be a concert which for the first time in Prague will present hitherto unknown Byzantine compositions 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.
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 (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 – this year these will be Jakub Rataje and Jan Dušek.

The festival is held under the auspices of:
the Minister of Culture, Antonín Staněk
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.




ProgramME

Cyprus - Island of Saints and Crossroad of Musical Cultures

1. 10. 2018, 7:30 p.m.

A concert which presents for the first time in Prague hitherto unknown Byzantine compositions 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.

Schola Gregoriana Pragensis, artistic director: David Eben (Czech Republic)
Philokallia Ensemble & Choir of the Cathedral of Ss. Cyril and Methodius,
artistic director: Marios Christou
Antonios Aetopoulos (Greece) - Protopsaltis
Choir of the Archiepiscopal Grammar School of Prague
conductors: Aikaterini Asfoura, Igor Angelov (Cyprus, Czech Republic)

This concert is dedicated to the memory of prof. Evžen Kindler

Venue: Church of Ss. Cyril and Methodius, Resslova 9a, Prague 2 
Admission: 200 CZK, 150 CZK
Tickets online available here

“Enlightenment and Illumination” or “Mass and Liturgy”
Sacred Music of the 18th century East and West

4. 10. 2018, 7:30 p.m.

An outstanding concert which presents various settings of the “Western mass” by great masters such as W. A. Mozart and others along with noteworthy settings of the “Eastern Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom” by famous Ukrainian composers such as M. Berezovsky and D. Bortniansky.

Piccolo coro & Piccola orchestra, conductor: Marek Valášek (Czech Republic)
Prague male chamber choir, choir master: Alexej Kleptsin (Russia, Czech Republic)

Venue: Church of Saint Wenceslas of Zderaz, Resslova 300/6 120 00, Prague 2
Admission: 200 CZK, 150 CZK
Tickets online available here  

 

All-Night Vigil 

13. 10. 2018, 7:30 P.M. 

Sergei Rachmaninoff:All-Night Vigil, op. 37
Jan Dušek: Four Songs of Solomon II – World premiere

Bohemiachor, conductor Kryštof Spirit (Czech Republic)

Venue: Church of Ss. Cyril and Methodius, Resslova 9a, Prague 2
Admission: 250 CZK, 150 CZK
Tickets online available here

 

Byzantium in Campus Hybernská 

16. 10. 2018, 7:30 P.M.

Traditional folk sacred music from various areas of the former Eastern Roman Empire (Constantinople, Thrace, Cyprus, and others) rendered by the Greek ensembles Chorodia Agiu Georgiu, Qaraba Ensemble, and others.

Venue: Campus Hybernská, Hybernská 4, Prague 1
The concert is being organized in cooperation with the Institute of Greek and Latin Studies at the Faculty of Arts of Charles University.
Admission: 100 CZK, Charles University students: entrance free
Tickets online available here

Phos Hilaron…
with music (from) silence towards Illumination

18. 10. 2018, 7:30 P.M.

A unique combination of instrumental music and live electronics inspired by Orthodox spirituality.

Arvo Pärt, Gennadij N. Lapajev, Jakub Rataj (World premiere), Byzantine Music and other
The final concert of the festival is traditionally concerned with hesychasm, quietness and internal silence, which on this occasion is inspired by the theme of this year festival: illumination (φωτισμός).

Sára Medková: piano
Jakub Rataj:
sound interventions
Venue: Hamu, Galerie, Malostranské náměstí 13/258, Prague 1 

Admission: 150 CZK, 100 CZK, music students: entrance free
Tickets online available here

 

Liturgy

The “Enlightened” East
or
Music from the Period of Enlightenment in Constantinople
The Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom with compositions of the greatest composers of 18th century Constantinople.

7. 10. 2018, 9:30 a.m.(!) -entrance free

P. Chalatzoglou, Β. Byzantios, P. Peloponnesios.
Protopsaltis Konstantinos Bousdekis accompanied by ison choir.
Venue: Church of Ss. Cyril and Methodius, Resslova 9a, Prague 2.

 


Tickets

Tickets are available at the venue one hour before the beginning of each concert.
Advance purchase:
Tickets online available here
Festival box office, National Memorial to the Heroes of the Heydrich Terror,
Resslova 9a, Prague 2.

Opening hours: 25. 9. – 18. 10. 2018
Tuesday - Sunday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Liturgy (7. 10., 9:30 a.m.), lectures and exhibition: admission free.
Reservations: info@philokallia.com


Related events


Screenings

Umění byzantských zpěvů

The screening has been cancelled!

Unfortunately, the screening has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.

National Monument to the Heroes of the Heydrich Terror, Sunday 21st October 12:15
http://www.katedrala.info


Exhibitions

Exhibition

1.10. - 31.10. 2018

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 – Smichov
Opening hours: 
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.
Entrance free


Lectures

 11. 10. 2018, 14:30 P.M / Entrance free

All the lectures will be helded completely in the Czech language

Teologie světla v pravoslavné duchovní tradici

Presbyter Kyrill Sarkissian (Rusko, ČR)

Klasicistické formy z konstantinopolských dílen

PhDr. Marios Christou, Ph.D. (Kypr, Česká republika)
Pedagogická fakulta, UK, 116 39 Praha 1, Magdalény Rettigové 4
Místnost: R107

 


Reception

Archaion Kallos 2017 (selection)

a) An article in periodical Harmonie here

b) An article in printed periodical Harmonie here

c) Czech Radio here 

d) Broadcast Mezi námi on Czech Radio here

Archaion Kallos 2016 (selection)

a) An article in periodical Harmonie here

b) An article in printed periodical Harmonie here

c) Czech Radio here

d) Broadcast Mezi námi on Czech Radio here

Archaion Kallos 2015 (selection)

a) TV reportage here

b) An article in printed periodical Harmonie here

 c) An article on website here

d) Czech radio here