The Pappas Post was proud to stream a live musical broadcast called “The City Lives – Η Πόλη Ζει” in light of the annual commemoration of the Fall of Constantinople on Saturday, May 29. This virtual event was a production of St. Photios National Shrine in St. Augustine, Florida.
“The City Lives” featured internationally-acclaimed recording artist Glykeria, also known as “The Voice of Greece,” and her band who celebrated the musical legacy of Constantinople through songs inspired by the City.
The event was hosted by Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos, Hierarchal Proistamenos of St. Photios National Shrine.
The City, as it was commonly and simply called, was founded by the Roman Emperor and Saint Constantine the Great and stood as a beacon of light even during the Dark Ages of Western Europe.
But by mid-15th century, that light waned amid a changing international and cultural landscape.
Constantinople fell in 1453, opening up a dark chapter in the history of the entire Greek and Eastern Christian world. But still, almost six centuries since that fateful day, the City lives.
Re-watch the full broadcast of “The City Lives” on The Pappas Post YouTube channel. Full credits for the production follow after the video below.
The City Lives – Η Πόλη Ζει
Presented by St. Photios National Shrine
This production was made possible by a generous donation by Archon Carl and Cynthia Hollister.
Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos
Gregory C. Pappas
St. Augustine, Florida Production
Nicholas J. Furris
Director of Photography
Production & Post Production Services Provided by Spectrum Films, Inc., Jacksonville, Florida.
Special Thanks to the City of St. Augustine Film Commission and St. Augustine Municipal Marina.
Athens, Greece Production
Director of Photography
First Assistant Camera
Lights & Equipment Rental
Arctos Films SA
Accordion, B Vocals
Guitar, B Vocals
Sound Mix & Master
Song titles (in order)
- “Marmaromenos Vasilias” (Orchestral) | Music: Apostolos Kaldaras
- “Karotseri Trava” | Lyrics/Music: Traditional
- “San Ta Marmara Tis Polis” | Lyrics/Music: Primary School of Asia Minor/Traditional
- “S’agapo (Yiati Eis’ Oraia)” | Lyrics/Music: Traditional
- “Aeroplano Tha Paro” | Lyrics/Music: Panagiotis Tountas
- “Ehe Yeia Panayia” (Eastern Thrace – Constantinople) | Traditional
- “Bournovalia” | Music: Stavros Xarhakos, Lyrics: Nikos Gatsos
- “Marmaromenos Vasilias” | Music: Apostolos Kaldaras, Lyrics: Pythagoras
- “I Kabanes Tis Agias Sofias” | Music: Apostolos Kaldaras, Lyrics: Pythagoras
- “I Prosfygia” | Music: Apostolos Kaldaras, Lyrics: Pythagoras
- “Mes’ tou Vosporou Ta Stena” | Music: Apostolos Kaldaras, Lyrics: Pythagoras
- “Yiorti Zeibekidon” | Music: Apostolos Kaldaras, Lyrics: Pythagoras