Category: Concerts

A Byzantine Christmas

On Monday, December 22, 2014, at 8:00 pm, The Greek Institute will present "A Byzantine Christmas," a concert of Byzantine Chants and Greek Kalanda, directed by Dr. Spyridon Antonopoulos.

Dr. Antonopoulos will be joined by a choir of chanters including Dr. Menios Karanos of Hellenic College / Holy Cross and acclaimed world musicians Beth Cohen (violin and lyra) and Mal Barsamian (oud and clarinet), in a program of Byzantine chants and kalanda, the traditional Christmas carols from various regions of Greece. Calliopi Dourou will narrate selected passages from the Christmas stories of Photios Kontoglou (1895–1965) and Alexandros Papadiamantis (1851–1911).

This is the fifth year that The Greek Institute is presenting A Byzantine Christmas, and in so doing, we join the holiday celebrations in the greater Boston community.

To purchase tickets, contact The Greek Institute at or 617-547-4770. General admission tickets are $20; tickets for students with ID are $7.

Ensemble Organum and Christos Chalkias at The Cloisters

Ensemble Organum and Christos Chalkias, The Cloisters, New York, December 6, 1:00 pm & 3:00 pm

Concerts at The Cloisters presents In Praise of Saint Nicholas, a program of hymns celebrating the feast of Saint Nicholas (270–343), Bishop of Myra in Asia Minor. The world-renowned Ensemble Organum (Marcel Pérès, Director) from France meets virtuoso chanter Christos Chalkias of Thessaloniki, Greece, in a rare juxtaposition of Latin and Greek Byzantine chants in honor of Saint Nicholas. The concert will conclude with excerpts from the emblematic manuscript of the Cathedral of Benevento, Italy (Biblioteca Capitolare ms 38 & 40), and will feature Latin and Greek texts (including Ἅγιος ὁ Θεός- Sanctus deus) chanted antiphonally.

Presented in collaboration with the Axion Estin Foundation.

Tickets: $45 (includes museum admission)

Musical Encounters: From the Mediterranean to the Black Sea

Musical Encounters: From the Mediterranean to the Black Sea, Princeton University, Hamilton Murray Theater

Featuring Nikos Michailidis (pontian Lyra, vocals) and John Themelis (laouto,santouri, lyra, tsampouna, vocals), John Stathos (clarinet), Nicholas Sofos (violin), Demetri Tashie (kaval, percussion), and Mavrothis Kontanis (oud, vocals)

A musical exploration of the interconnections of the Greek and Mediterranean worlds based on the collaboration of folk instruments and on diverse performance techniques. The concert will invite audiences to experience and enjoy the richness and affective power of these diverse musical genres.

Heaven & Earth: Sacred Music from the Byzantine Greek & Slavic Eastern Orthodox Christian Traditions

Spirit and Sound: A Concert Series presents Heaven and Earth: Sacred Music from the Byzantine Greek and Slavic Eastern Orthodox Christian Traditions

The Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life (Columbia University) will present Heaven and Earth, featuring noted chanter Eleftherios Eleftheriadis of St. Nicholas Greek Shrine Church, Flushing, New York and singers from St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, located in Crestwood, New York. Liturgical music from Byzantine Greek and Slavic traditions will be presented along with a panel discussion on the spiritual, devotional, and musical dimensions of this music both for the musician and the listener. Special attention will be paid to issues of how Orthodox Christian liturgical music serves as a medium of spiritual and community formation, is a vital part of Orthodox faith identity and practice, and the intricate ways in which music functions within Orthodox liturgies.

Dr. Spyridon Antonopoulos, City University London
Dr. Peter Bouteneff, St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary
Dr. Nina Glibetic, Yale Institute of Sacred Music
V. Revd. Dr. John A. McGuckin, Columbia University and Union Theological Seminary

Hosted and curated by:
Lisa Radakovich Holsberg, Orthodox Christian Studies Center of Fordham University

Seating is limited, and a reservation is required.

Co-sponsored by the Glicker-Milstein Theatre.  Presented in association with the Axion Estin Foundation and St. Vladimir’s Seminary.

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