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Paul and Alexandra Canellopoulos Museum
SEASON 2021/22 - 1st Sacred Music Festival
Holy Τuesday 19 April 2022
Δημιουργική Ομάδα


Mania Papadimitriou actress

Vassilis Papavassiliou double bass




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.

Paul and Alexandra Canellopoulos Museum


1st Sacred Music Festival

Starts at 17.00, 18.00 and 19.00clock

Duration: approx. 30 min.

Capacity max. 30 person



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Distinguished actress Mania Papadimitriou and virtuoso double bassist and Principal of the GNO Orchestra Vassilis Papavassiliou attempt a deep, contemporary reading of texts by Fyodor Dostoevsky, Alexandros Papadiamantis, and Emmanuel Rhoides.

More specifically, the dialogue between Sonya and Raskolnikov from Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment crosses paths with excerpts from ecclesiastical music and the logaoedic reading (keeping a rhythm between prose and poetry) of the Gospels, as well as with Papadiamantis’ vignette The Epitaph and Resurrection in Villages. These texts have been selected as authentic elements of a more extended ritual accompanying the Holy Week.

The actress’ voice and movement engage in a dialectic Continuum with the double bassist’s performance and the timbres of an electronic soundscape. The riveting texts and the exploration of the limits of the human voice and of the double bass define in turn a new Continuum, between the Divine Passion and human vulnerability.

The performance will feature excerpts of works for solo double bass by György Ligeti, Teppo Hauta-aho και François Rabbath.


Paul and Alexandra Canellopoulos Museum

The Paul and Alexandra Canellopoulos Museum is situated on the northern slope of the Acropolis, at 12 Theorias St. It was founded in 1976 and it hosts the collection of ancient, Byzantine and post-Byzantine art of the same name. Canellopoulos collection was donated to the Greek state in 1972, in order to become available to the public. The museum’s central building is a typical example of neoclassical architecture. It was constructed in 1894 as the residence of the Michaleas, an old family of Athens, and during the 1960s it was expropriated and restored to host the new museum. Over the 2000s, on the initiative of Alexandra Canellopoulos and the Paul and Alexandra Canellopoulos Foundation, a new wing was added to the museum. At the building’s foundation still stands a surviving part of Rizokastro – the medieval fortification of Athens.


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