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Sacred music festival on Patmos

- by Dave Sewel

Sacred music festival on Patmos.

Visitors on a Patmos island holiday get the opportunity to enjoy another Festival of Sacred Music to be held on the island of Patmos this September. This year the festival takes places from Friday 2nd to Wednesday, September 7 with artistic director and conductor Alkis Baltas under the direction of the Cultural Centre of Patmos.

In its 10 years of history the festival has attracted thousands of visitors to experience the special atmosphere of the events as well as enjoy the beauty of a Greek Island holiday.

The festival is held at the sacred cave where St John is reputed to have lived and where he received inspiration for the Book of Revelations in the Holy Bible.

The Artistic Director of Festival of Patmos, conductor Alkis Baltas, said: "Confronting the sacred cave where John wrote the Apocalypse only a spiritual and serious music festival could take place, and that's what we do."

The festival attracts both Greek and foreign visitors who flock to enjoy the solemn and sacred venue at one of the most important pilgrimage centres in the Greek islands.

This year's program is a blend of classical, religious and gospel music with medieval devotional songs, jazz compositions religious and gospel spirituals and blues.

Artists include the Voyage Jazz Quartet, soprano Eleni Peta and the American Portland-based choir Cappella Romana. It is the first time in its 20-year history that Cappella Romana has travelled to Greece.

There will be works by Scarlatti, Pergolezi and Duke Ellington as well as the first performance of a work by Bob Blazoudaki "St. Menas: Facing the Sea" written especially for the 11th Festival of Patmos.

Entrance to the concerts is free and the 11th Festival of Sacred Music of Patmos is financially supported by the Municipality of Patmos, the Monastery of St. John the Theologian, the South-Aigio Dodecanese Department of Culture Ministry of Culture and the Ethniki bank network.