It's the perfect holiday soundtrack for the Met's Medieval Sculpture Hall: a half-dozen pop-up concerts featuring hymns and carols of the Byzantine Empire. In these antiphonal works, performed by master cantors of the Eastern Orthodox community, the musicians alternate parts in multiple languages (ranging from Russian to Armenian to Greek to Arabic), weaving an evocative sonic tapestry from an exotic past.
Fridays, December 11 & 18: 4:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Presented in collaboration with the Axion Estin Foundation.
Above: Painted Copy of Deesis Mosaic (detail), Byzantine, early 20th century (original dated 13th century). Paint on canvas, 12 ft. 11 1/2 in. × 19 ft. 8 7/8 in. (395 × 601.7 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1941 (41.137)
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