The virtuoso Byzantine cantor from Athens, Achilleas Chaldaiakis, returns to direct a program of unusual and never-before-heard Byzantine chants by +ATHANASIOS V Archbishop of Constantinople New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch (reigned 1709-1711). The program features his Selection (’Εκλογή) of Psalms for the Feast of St. Catherine in five modes with kratemata (teretisms), recently transcribed by A. Chaldaiakis, as well as service music for the Divine Liturgy. These compositions from unpublished musical sources here receive their modern world premieres. Dr. Chaldaiakis is associate professor of Byzantine Musicology at the University of Athens and director of the Maestros of the Psaltic Art (Μαΐστορες της Ψαλτικής Τέχνης), an internationally acclaimed Byzantine choir.
Performance repeats November 9, 8 pm at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 2100 Boyer Ave. East, Seattle, WA, 98112. Tickets: $18 to $36, available at Box Office Tickets. Free pre-concert talks one hour prior to each performance.