The Hellenic Bible Society presented in collaboration with the Metropolis of Demetrias and Almyros at the Ascension of Christ church in Volos on Thursday October 22nd and with the Institute of Humanity Science of Jesuits at Saint Dionysius of Catholics in Athens on Saturday 24th of October two separate concerts of religious music, with the vocal ensemble CONSORTIUM VOCALE OSLO from Norway. The event in Volos was attended by the Metropolitan of Demetrias and President of the Hellenic Bible Society, Ignatius, while in Athens the Catholic Archbishop of Athens Sevastianos and the representative of the Archbishop of Athens and All Greece Ieronymos II, Bishop Chrysostomos of Dodonis.
The program “Salvum me fecit” presented hymns from ancient Gregorian repertoire which date back to the 8th and 9th century. The Gregorian compositions use texts from the Bible, mainly from the book of Psalms and the New Testament. The compositions presented in this program were derived from the Mass of the 6th to the 10th Sunday, their common theme is God who brings healing and salvation, making man and all mankind complete and holy.
The vocal ensemble is connected to the Cathedral in Oslo, Norway, and for many years appreciated for their performances in Gregorian Chanting throughout Europe and beyond. In celebrations and concerts Consortium Vocale Oslo proposes an interpretation of Gregorian chanting based on the evidence of the older musical manuscripts. The vocal ensemble has received international recognition and has released 6 Gregorian Music CDs. For more information please visit: www.consortiumvocale.no
The conductor, Alexander M. Schweitzer, is a theologian and musician. He studied Gregorian chanting in Rome, Cremona and Munich. For 25 years Schweitzer has been training Gregorian choirs for the Diploma of Higher Studies in Palaeography and Gregorian program Semiotics of the Music University of Lugano School and in seminars of the International Organization Membership Gregorian Studies at St. Ottilien, Germany. In September 2015, Schweitzer was elected Chairman of the International Organization Membership Gregorian Studies (AISCGre).