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Archaion Kallos 2017

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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 60th anniversary of the death of Nikos Kazantzakis, as well as the “birth” of the first version of the opera Greek Passion (London version) by Bohuslav Martinů, the festival is also to be marked by the theme “Byzantine Music in the opera Greek Passion - Bohuslav Martinů and Nikos Kazantzakis.” A concert and several lectures will be devoted to this topic in which the influence of Byzantine culture in the work of these two men will be demonstrated.
The festival this October will also be exceptional thanks to its tribute to one of the greatest composers of post-Byzantine eastern music, Petros Peloponnisios, who in the 18th century could have been called the Eastern Christian Mozart. Two of the festival’s concerts will be devoted to this topic, featuring secular and sacred music performed by musical specialists from Greece, Cyprus, and Romania.
As in previous years, the festival will present a wide and varied spectrum of Orthodox music, ranging from the sounds of Byzantine music, Znamenny Chant, through romanticism (P. I. Tchaikovsky and others), to works by leading contemporary composers such as Arvo Pärt and Alfred Schnittke as well as world premieres of works of young Czech composers – this year these will be Martin Klusák and Jan Trojan.

The festival is held under the auspices of the
Minister of Culture Daniel Herman
Ambassador of the Hellenic Republic, Efthymios Efthymiades

and the Mayor of Prague 2 Jana Černochová 
and with the blessings of His Eminence, Bishop 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 nearer to Archaion Kallos.




ProgramME

The Greek Pascha of B. Martinů

6. 10. 2017, 7:30 p.m.

A concert based on the Byzantine hymns used in the famous opera of B. Martinů Greek Passion and in the newly discovered Manuscript of the composer on Byzantine Octaechos, sung in their original form as well as in the form given by B. Martinu in the opera.
Martinů Voices, conductor Lukáš Vasilek
Philokallia Ensemble & Choir of the Cathedral of Ss. Cyril and Methodius,
conductor: Marios Christou
Achilleas Chaldaiakis (Greece) - Protopsaltis
Katerina Asfoura (Cyprus) - Psaltria
Akropolis ensemble
Children’s choir – Sborové studio Angel,
conductors: Igor Angelov, Radek Seidl, Lucie Wollnerová
Children’s choir Archibishopic gymnazium of Prague, Artistic director: Igor Angelov

Venue: Church of Ss. Cyril and Methodius, Resslova 9a, Prague 2 
Admission: 180 CZK, 120 CZK
Tickets online available here

Russian sacred music
from the medieval to the post – modern era

10. 10. 2017, 7:30 p.m.

Znamenny Chant, M. Berezovsky, D. Bortniansky, P. I. Tchaikovsky, S. Rachmaninoff, A. Schittke, A. Pärt and others.
Ensemble Hilaris, conductor: Kryštof Spirit
Prague Mixed Choir, conductor: Jiří Petrdlík
Chamber choir adlibitum, conductor: Jan Kyjovský

Venue: Church of Ss. Cyril and Methodius, Resslova 9a, Prague 2 
Admission: 180 CZK, 120 CZK
Tickets online available here

 

Petros Pelloponisios
The Mozart of Eastern Christianity
Part 1: Sacred Music

15. 10. 2017,  9:30 A.m.(!)  -ENTRANCE FREE

The Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom with Petros’s Pelloponisios’s compositions.
Adrian Sirbu (Romania) - Protopsaltis
Gerasimos Papadopoulos (Cyprus) - Protopsaltis
Choir of the Cathedral of Ss. Cyril and Methodius
Venue: Church of Ss. Cyril and Methodius, Resslova 9a, Prague 2

Petros Pelloponisios 
The Mozart of Eastern Christianity“ 
Part 2: Secular Music

15. 10. 2017, 8:00 p.m.

Aura duet (Greece):
Nikos Paraoulakis: Ney
Nikos Papageorgiou: Tanbur
with
Gerasimos Papadopoulos: voice (Cyprus)
Katerina Spala: voice (Czech Republic – Greece)
Venue: Malostranská Beseda, Praha 1
Admission: 200 CZK, 150 CZK
Tickets online available here

Hesychasm – in Silence towards Eternity

22. 10. 2017, 7:30 P.M.

A. Pärt, V. Silvestrov, Byzantine Music, Martin Klusák (World premiere), Jan Trojan (World premiere) and other.
Clarinet: Karel Dohnal
Piano: Andrea Mottlová (Vavrušová)
Venue: Hamu, Galerie, Malostranské náměstí 13/258, Prague 1 
Admission: 150 CZK, 100 CZK, music students: entrance free
Tickets online available here

 

Liturgy

The Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom 
in the Greek-byzantine and Slavic tradition

8. 10. 2017, 9:30 a.m.(!) -entrance free

Protopsaltis Achilleas Chaldaiakis (Greece)
Choir of the Cathedral of Ss. Cyril and Methodius, conductor: Marios Christou 
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: 1. – 18. 10. 2017
Tuesday - Sunday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Liturgy (9. and 15. 10., 9:30 a.m.), lectures, screenings and the exhibition: admission free.
Reservations: info@philokallia.com


Related events


 

Screenings

11. 10. 2017, 7:00 P. M.

He Who Must Die (1957) 

Celui qui doit mourir
Director: Jules Dassin
Language: French with English subtitles
Venue: National Memorial to the Heroes of the Heydrich Terror,
Resslova 9a, Prague 2

 


Exhibitions

Exhibition

1.10. - 31.10. 2017

An exhibition of Orthodox Icons by Monk Paisij (Šukreský, Těšov Monastery)
and 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

6. 10. 2017, 4:00 P.M.- Entrance free

All the lectures will be helded completely in the Czech language

Přednáškové odpoledne k 60. výročí smrti Nikos Kazantzakise 

Ve spolupráci s Českou společností novořeckých studií bude páteční přednáškové odpoledne věnováno ozvěnám byzantské hudby v díle skladatele Bohuslava Martinů, jeho příteli spisovateli Nikosi Kazandzakisovi, od jehož úmrtí letos uplynulo 60 let, a postavám byzantských císařům v Kazandzakisových dramatech.
Přednášky prosloví:
Marios Christou: Řecké pašije Bohuslava Martinů
Dita Vořechovská: Nikos Kazandzakis a Bohuslav Martinů
Hana Bohrnová: Byzantští císaři v tragédiích Nikose Kazandzakise

 


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