The inaugural festival will open on February 24 with a lecture by Dr. Emmanouil Giannopoulos on the history of Byzantine music. Performances by the Holy Cross St. Romanos the Melodist Byzantine Choir will accompany and illustrate the talk, entitled “Orthodox Liturgical Music’s Breeze Blows Over the Aegean.” The lecture will be followed by a concert of the acclaimed Greek Orthodox Archdiocesan Byzantine Choir, led by Demetrios Kehagias. The choir will chant selections from the Lenten hymnology of the Orthodox Church.
On the afternoon of February 25, Dr. Kyriakos Kalaitzidis, artistic director of En Chordais, will deliver a free public lecture on the relationship between post-Byzantine ecclesiastical and secular oriental music. That evening, the world- renowned En Chordais musical ensemble will perform a concert highlighting the Byzantine musical heritage in Asia Minor.
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