The Cultural Conference Centre of Heraklion presents the contemporary oratorio "The Orpheus Mass - From darkness to light", by Giannis Markopoulos.
A 1991 composition first presented in 1994 at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels is dedicated to the redefinition of nature by man and inaugurates a new relationship between audience and concert performance, together with an exhibition of ceramics, paintings and crafts, under the auspices of the Belgian Ministry of Culture. The subtitle "From darkness to light" is used by the composer in the live presentations of the work.
The work for symphony orchestra, baritone, baritone, treble, narrator, mixed choir and traditional ensemble (lute, cannon and lyre) is structured on the basis of the surviving ancient Orphic poems. For the libretto, the composer chose phrases and even single words from fragments of the poems. Its spiritual content, enriched with many elements, revives the myth of the prophetic musician Orpheus. The narrative parts are mainly accompanied by harp, as the composer's intention is to create a rhapsodic mood, while the passages where two flutes play together allude to the ancient channel.
With the Orpheus Mass, composer Giannis Markopoulos realizes his musical vision, submitting yet another musical work - a cornerstone of modern Greek culture. Philosophically seeking the deeper unity of man with his natural and social environment, the work is a new proposal and a new departure for the whole of Greek music. It is a creation with a unity of aesthetic and philosophical viewpoint with regard to the composer's particular fundamental principles.
Musical direction: Raphael Pylarinos
Treble singer: Gina Poulou
Baritone: Kostas Mavrogenis
Narrator: Konstantinos Kazakos
Philharmonic Orchestra of Athens
The Mixed Choir of the P.E. Heraklion choir
Choir Direction: Lena Hadjigeorgiou
Heraklion Municipal Conservatory Mixed Choir.
Choir Direction: Giannis Kiagiadakis
The composition of 1991, first presented in 1994 at the Palais des Beaux-Arts is dedicated to the reunion of nature and man.
30€, 22€ and 15€ (general admission)
12€ and 8€ (unemployed, disabled, third children, large families, young people up to 25 years old)
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