15 Vespers - Manos Hadjidakis 15 Vespers - Manos Hadjidakis
Acropolis Museum (courtyard)
15 Vespers - Manos Hadjidakis
SEASON 2021/22 - 1st Sacred Music Festival
Holy Wednesday 20 April 2022
Δημιουργική Ομάδα


Yorgos Mouloudakis guitar

Harris Kanellidis guitar

Gogo Xagara harp

Nikos Tsoukalas double bass

Theodore Tzovanakis piano

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 nationalopera.gr and digitalculture.gov.gr, 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.

Acropolis Museum (courtyard)

15 Vespers - Manos Hadjidakis

1st Sacred Music Festival

Starts at 17.00 and 18.00 clock

Duration: approx. 40 min.

Capacity max. 1.000 person




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In 15 Vespers (1964) Manos Hadjidakis arranges fifteen of his popular songs and orchestral themes for a small ensemble of five music instruments.

A Vesper Hymn signifies veneration of the Sun, as it roams around the city full of susceptibility, filled with the memories of the years, until it finally lies down to sleep; in all directions around it, it leaves a reverberation of light, revealing moods and an extremely delicate fragrance of love. With Fifteen Vespers, I am collecting the scattered forms of my sensitivity and transmitting this to all of you, just as it was born, upon its true foundations, where commercial exploiters will not be able to spoil its countenance. All these Vespers are offered to my son, who is beginning now to reckon with the world. — Composer’s note from the sleeve of the first recording (1965)


Acropolis Museum

The Acropolis Museum is situated about 300 metres south-east of the Parthenon in the historic area of Makriyannis and its entrance is next to the Dionysiou Areopagitou pedestrian walkway that links several archaeological sites of Athens. It first opened its gates to the public in 2009 and it houses the archaeological findings from the Acropolis and its outskirts. The Museum’s exhibition, organised according to topographical, chronological and thematic criteria, offers visitors a full picture of the site and its history during antiquity. Moreover, the building, which was designed by architects Bernard Tschumi and Michalis Fotiadis, ensures the visual connection of the Museum’s exhibits with the rock and the monuments of the Acropolis, aiming to become the continuation of the natural and built environment.


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