Co-presented by the Axion Estin Foundation and the Department of Music, this day-long event with lectures and Byzantine chant workshops is part of the Foundation's annual Mostly Orthros Festival. The complete festival program is available via a downloadable pdf. Other events in the festival include performances of Byzantine chant in the Metropolitan Museum, and two concerts of Greek traditional music to be held in Queens. All events in the festival are free and open to the public.
8:30 am – 9:00 am Registration
9:00 am – 9:45 am
Athanasios Paivanas: Byzantine Music at the Service of Hymnography, and the Archon, Thrasyvoulos Stanitsas.
10:00 am – 10:45 am
George E. Demacopoulos: Gregory the Great: Ascetic, Pastor, and First Man of Rome.
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Peter Jeffery: Saint Gregory the Great and Gregorian Chant: Does Western Music Have Eastern Origins?
Byzantine Chant Workshops:
2 pm – 3:30 pm Photios Ketsetzis: “Θεοτόκε Παρθένε” in eight modes by Petros Bereketis
3:45 pm – 5:15 pm Athanasios Paivanas: “Προσόμοια” (contrafacta) from the Feast of Saint Gregory the Great
The Axion Estin Foundation (AEF) is a not-for-profit educational organization with a core mission of promoting Byzantine Music and the Arts. AEF seeks to stimulate appreciation and study of this art form through its unique network of academic, music, arts, community, and ecclesiastical organizations both here in the United States and Internationally. AEF’s goal is to reach out to an increasingly diverse international audience, make the Byzantine traditions more accessible and familiar, and create a community of friends of Byzantine Music and the Arts. This community is open and welcoming, growing and demanding, and most importantly one that does not impose ethnic, religious or language barriers to newcomers.
Image credit: Sankt Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. 390, p. 13 (www.e-codices.unifr.ch).