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http://www.worldfestival.gov.hk/2013/fb/redirect.html World Cultures Festival 2013 – Lasting Legacies of Eastern Europe: The Soul of Orthodox Chant by Divna and Melodi (Serbia) Byzantine sacred music diva Divna Ljubojević cleanses and enriches the spirit with her pure angelic voice that opens an ethereal window on the divine. 31.10 Hong Kong City Hall Concert Hall http://www.worldfestival.gov.hk/2013/images/mus_02.jpg

The Soul of Orthodox Chant

Divna and Melodi (Serbia)

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With Divna and her choir, the Golden Gate of the long-lost sacred world
of Byzantine Orthodox chant opens again

 

“[Divna is] the most remarkable representative of old Byzantine-Russian
singing in today’s culture”

─ Serbia-National Review

 

Divna is not just a name, but an entire level in Serbian culture

The incomparable Divna Ljubojević and her ethereal interpretations of Orthodox chant are regarded among Serbia’s most significant cultural ambassadors. Like an angel from on high, her sublime voice reaches across time and space to elevate and touch souls with love. She started her vocal training at the century-old Vavedenje monastery in Belgrade at the age of 10. Later, she served as choirmaster, inheriting her reverential appreciation of Byzantine sacred music from Russian nuns keen to preserve and cherish the tradition. Ljubojević’s gift for leading other musicians was also spotted at an early age, with the singer becoming the youngest conductor in the 160-year history of the Première Société Chorale de Belgrade.

In 1991, Ljubojević founded Divna and Melodi to raise awareness and extend the art of sacred singing, injecting new vitality into ancient Byzantine culture and traditional Serbian, Russian and Byzantine chant. The choir has given more than 600 concerts in Europe.

 

Programme

1. Exapostilaire of the Dormition of the Mother of God
2. All of You who have been Baptised in Christ
3. The Three Kings, Kings of Persia
4. God is with Us!
5. Ave Maria
6. Kondakion to the Mother of God
7. Canon of Intercession to the Mother of God
8. Verse Sung at Great Complines of the Grand Lent Sermon at Easter and
Associated with the Chant of Psalm 150
9. Psalm 102, Called “Typiques”
10. Troparions of the Resurrection (Eulogétaires)
11. Hymn to the All-Holy
12. Hymn of the Cherubim
13. Kyrie Eleison
14. Polyeleos-Psalms 134 and 135
15. Kondakion of the Annunciation
16. Ad Multos Annos
17. Flow, Bright Waters / Traditional Song
18. Prokimenon Sung at the Vespers of Certain Important Liturgical Celebrations
19. Kondakion of the Nativity of Christ

Hong Kong City Hall
Concert Hall
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31/10
Thur
8pm $450 $350 $250 $150
Divna seat plan

Friendly Reminder

  • Approx 1 hr and 5 mins without intermission
  • Meet-the-artist session after the performance

 

Photo: Nikola Popović, Aleksandar S Kostić

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