The traditional festival of church orthodox music «Golden Plios» took place in Ivanovo on September 21-23, 2007 , initiated by the art association "Sheremetev Center",
the "Sheremetevsky Fund" and the "Consultant" company.
The main participants of the festival were the Ivanovo Chamber Choir ( conductor - Eugeny Bobrov), the
Yaroslavl Chamber Choir "Revival" ( conductor - Natalia
Borisova), the male choir of the Preobrazhenskiy cathedral in Ivanovo (regent - archpriest George
Chulkov) . The Byzantine male choir from Athens (Greece) was a special guest of this Festival (conductor – Konstantinos Papachristodoulou).
The festival opened with a Liturgy at the Preobrazhenskiy cathedral in Ivanovo.
Later that day the concert of all participating choirs took place at the White Hall of the Burylin local lore museum . The concert was attended by representatives of regional Committee of Culture, count Sheremetev and local clergy headed by Father Joseph.
On September 22 the festival moved to Plios where a religious procession with church chanting took place around the city. During this procession numerous pieces of orthodox
music were sung in Trinity Church, Transfiguration Church and Dormition Church. It was followed by a concert at the Museum of the Landscape.The program included both church and secular
music as well as Russian and Greek folk songs.
On September 23 the festival participants
were invited to visit Svyato -Uspensky monastery where they had a chance
to get acquainted with the process of theological education at
the female college and to listen to a concert of a children's choir.
The closing of the festival took place at the Pavlovsky Palace in Shuya (Ivanovo region).
All the participating choirs were awarded with special Diplomas and memorable
With the help of God,
we finally arrived to Greece. I would like to
thank you personally once again for the chance you offered us to travel to
blessed Russia and show Byzantine music to all people there. I believe that
through our several appearances we managed to prove that Byzantine music is a
treasure which cites the roots of Orthodoxy, as it was also said many times
by our Russian brothers. Additionally, I believe that we touched your souls
with our music and we realized that from the reactions of your people.
However, I cannot also do anything else than recognize the excellence of your
music interpretation. As you know polyphonic and European music is known to
Greeks. We love it as much as Byzantine and traditional music. That is why the
music you interpreted so perfectly touched our souls many times. We thank you
for this experience too. Apart from this, I also think that the members of
our choirs, especially the young ones, expanded their friendly relationships
and the brotherhood. What finally remained to us is the love that you
offered us generously, your faith to Orthodoxy, which was for us an excellent
example, and finally the warm atmosphere that was created between us and the
glory of music! This travel and these unique experiences which had in Russia will be
for us unforgettable!
With love and best
wishes, Konstantinos Papaxristodoulou (Athens, Greece)