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Μuseum of Greek Folk Musical Instruments “Fivos Anoyanakis” – Centre for
In the dawn of spring
SEASON 2021/22 - 1st Sacred Music Festival
Holy Monday 18 April 2022
Δημιουργική Ομάδα

Music Kyriakos Kalaitzidis

Lyrics Vassiliki Nevrokopli



Irini Derebei voice

Tasos Poulios qanun

Andreas Linos viola da gamba

Πρωταγωνιστές Παράστασης

Practical information:

- Audience members can enter all venues for free, on a first come first served basis. No advance booking is required.

- Due to the limited space available in many of the festival venues, some of the concerts will be repeated up to three times per day, to give the chance to as large an audience as possible to attend them.

- The concerts of the festival will be of short duration (from 25 to 40 minutes on average), so that audience members can attend more than one, if they wish so.

- The distance from one venue to the other is small, so that audience members have the chance to enjoy many of the festival events.

- The detailed programme will be available online at and, while the printed programme that will be distributed to the public will include a map with all the venues, summary descriptions of the events, and QR codes referring to the detailed programme on the GNO website.

- All preventive measures against COVID-19 will be adhered to in all venues.

Μuseum of Greek Folk Musical Instruments “Fivos Anoyanakis” – Centre for

In the dawn of spring

1st Sacred Music Festival
Α commision of the Greek National Opera

Starts at 18.00 and 19.00clock

Duration: approx. 20 min.

Capacity max. 160 person



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Dawn is defined as the time period from the moment when darkness begins to dissolve to the moment when the sun is up; when a hint of light glimmers in the deep darkness and nature can’t wait to wake up. The same happens to us, during the mournful, endless –one would say– days of the Holy Week; we can’t wait for the Resurrection, which glimmers, at times as a hint, and at times as a certainty. In the dawn of spring we hum songs while anticipating the “Sweet Spring” that will make our hearts blossom.

The voice as the perfect musical instrument, the qanun as the multistring canon of the East, and viola da gamba, the bowed lute of the West, are all coordinated in a sweet chant destined to offer consolation to the afflicted people of the bustling modern Babylon. A hug, a caress, and a kiss on a musical island of reflection in the midst of the stormy sea of everyday life. — Κ. Κ.

The concert features original compositions by Kyriakos Kalaitzidis with lyrics by Vassiliki Nevrokopli, as well as adaptations of traditional songs.



Semai in Third Mode. Music: Kyriakos Kalaitzidis.

Ah agapi – Ah Love. Arrangement of a melody by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (1710-1736), part of the hymn book of the Maronite Christians of Lebanon - Verses: Vassiliki Nevrokopli.

Odiporia – Wayfaring. Suite with instrumental and vocal parts- Music: Kyriakos Kalaitzidis - Verses: Vassiliki Nevrokopli.

Ina ti efryaxan – Why do the heathen rage. Verses from David’s Psalm 2 in the decapentasyllabic metre of the Cretan dialect. Adaptation to libretto: Ioannis Froudarakis. Music: traditional Cretan tune.


Kyriakos Kalaitzidis

As a member of the En Chordais ensemble and as a soloist he has given more than 2,000 concerts in 45 countries at big festivals and leading concert venues: Sydney Opera House, Berlin Philharmonie, Paris Philharmonie, Lincoln Center (New York), Maison Symphonic (Montreal), Jeonju International Sori Festival (South Korea), Opéra national de Lyon, Hong Kong Concert Hall, Alte Oper (Frankfurt), Fès Festival (Morocco), Melbourne Recital Centre, Cervantino Festival (Mexico), Shanghai World Music Festival, etc. His compositions have been presented in concerts and are included in the albums Prosmoni, Exoria, To paramythi tis mousikis, Ta mousika taxidia tou Marco Polo (Prix de l’Académie Charles-Cros 2014). His PhD thesis titled “Post-Byzantine Music Manuscripts as a Source for Oriental Secular Music” has been published in English (Orient-Institut Istanbul / Ergon-Verlag, October 2012) and Greek (Byzantine Musicology Foundation, October 2020). He is an associate professor at the Department of Music Studies of the University of Ioannina and artistic director of En Chordais.


Museum of Greek Folk Musical Instruments “Fivos Anoyanakis” – Centre for Ethnomusicology

The Museum of Greek Folk Musical Instruments “Fivos Anoyanakis” – Centre for Ethnomusicology is situated at 1-3 Diogenous St in Plaka, next to the Roman Agora. It is housed in the historic residence of G. Lassanis –a prominent figure of the Greek War of Independence– that was built in the 1830s. The Museum was founded in 1991 to host the valuable collection of Greek folk musical instruments of musicologist Fivos Anoyanakis, which he himself donated to the Greek state. The exhibition extends to all three floors of the building and includes approximately 400 instruments from all the musical instrument families along with rich photographic, sound, and other type of material documenting the Greek music history of the last centuries. It also hosts a specialised Library and relevant Archives, accessible to researchers. The museum falls under the authority of the Ministry of Culture and Sports.


First Sacred Music Festival info leaflet available to read and download here