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World Premiere: Mysterion Xenon, choral work by Hatzis


Christos Hatzis' new choral work Mysterion Xenon was premiered by the National Youth Choir of Canada on 5 May. Directing the performance was Ivars Taurins, the founding director of Tafelmusik Chamber Choir. Taurins and the youth choir will perform Mysterion Xenon on their 2012 concert tour in Canada throughout May.

Mysterion Xenon, which means 'strange mystery', is a setting of a well-known Greek Orthodox Christmas chant. About this work, Hatzis writes: 'This is one of the most beautiful texts of the Greek Orthodox sacred literature, it has been invading my mind steadily since the first year of my life and it became one of my favourite chants, which I sang every Christmas Eve at church and at home.' 

The National Youth Choir of Canada is a biennial project of the Association of Canadian Choral Communities; every two years, singers are auditioned across the country to form the choir. The National Youth Choir 2012, consisting of a quartet of singers from every province in Canada, gather for a long week residency in Ontario before going on a tour of the province of Ontario, culminating in a gala final performance in Ottawa.


For more information, visit the website of the Association of Canadian Choral Communities

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