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Metropolitan Cathedral of Athens
ΜεῙΖοΝ Ensemble
SEASON 2021/22 - 1st Sacred Music Festival
Holy Wednesday 20 April 2022
Δημιουργική Ομάδα

Music direction Agathangelos Georgakatos


ΜεῙΖοΝ Ensemble:

Tenors I Yannis Kalyvas, Nikos Katsigiannis, Nikos Maraziotis, Michalis Platanias

Tenors II Yorgos Nakis, Manos Bourikas, Panos Pantoulias, Panagiotis Priftis

Baritones Ioannis Kontellis, Anastasios Lazarou, Dimitri Platanias, Dionysios Sourbis

Basses Theodore Aivaliotis, Vassilis Dimakopoulos, Alexandros Loutas, Spyros Sokos



Horváth Márton Levente (b. 1983)
O vos omnes

Ola Gjeilo
Ubi caritas

Arvo Pärt (b. 1935)
Most Holy Mother of God

Lambadarios Kostas Klavvas
Alleluia, Behold the Bridegroom
I see Thy bridal chamber

Themistoklis Polykratis (1863-1926)
Today He who hung the Earth upon the waters is hung upon the Tree
The Troparion of Kassiani



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.

Metropolitan Cathedral of Athens

ΜεῙΖοΝ Ensemble

1st Sacred Music Festival

Starts at 21.30clock

Duration: approx. 40 min.

Capacity max. 150 person




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The male vocal ΜεῙΖοΝ Ensemble performs a cappella choral works by Greek and foreign composers of the 20th century in tune with the Easter spirit.

More specifically the programme will feature pieces by Hungarian composer Horváth Márton Levente, Ukrainian composer Galina Grigorjeva, Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo, and the Estonian Arvo Pärt, who ranks among the most important living composers of religious music. Moreover, the ensemble will perform religious compositions by Kostas Klavvas and Themistoklis Polykratis, a composer and philologist but also the most prolific Greek composer of polyphonic ecclesiastical music.


A few words about the ΜεῙΖοΝ Ensemble

The male vocal ΜεῙΖοΝ Ensemble was created in 2018 by a small group of friends that shared an interest for a cappella choral singing. They first introduced themselves officially to the audience at a concert given at the Alternative Stage of the Greek National Opera (Sacred Music Days Festival, 2018), and two years later they became a sensation through the online presentation of a rare setting of the Hymn to Liberty by Nikolaos Mantzaros as part of the tribute to the bicentennial of the Greek Revolution. The ensemble has given concerts on the GNO Alternative Stage (SNFCC), Athens Concert Hall, Ancient Theatre of Messini, archaeological site of Mystras and Poseidon’s Sanctuary in Sounio as part of the festival “All of Greece, One Culture” (2020), as well as at the GNO’s New Year’s Gala that was broadcast online (2020). In 2021 the ensemble presented the Hymn to Liberty in Nafplion, Zakynthos, Cephalonia (Stranis Hill) and Kalamata. The goals of the ΜεῙΖοΝ Ensemble are to give concerts and make recordings of a cappella choral works from the international repertoire, as well as to showcase Greek choral compositions.


The Metropolitan Cathedral of Athens

The Metropolitan Cathedral of Athens stands at Mitropoleos Square, on the street of the same name, and it is one of the first and biggest monuments of Athens as a capital. Its construction started in 1842 under Danish architect Theophil Hansen, who also designed the Athens Academy and the National Library of Greece, and it was completed in 1862. The temple is dedicated to the Annunciation of Virgin Mary and it is a combination of the neoclassical and Greco-Byzantine styles, a result of the many changes that its design underwent during the construction. The Metropolitan Cathedral of Athens, associated with crucial moments of the modern Greek history, opened its gates once again to the public on 2 July 2016, after years of repairs to restore damages caused by the earthquakes of 1981 and 1999.


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