On Tour: National Gallery of Art and Richmond, Virginia


The Byzantine Inheritance

Saturday 26 October 2013, 7:00 pm — Richmond, VA

SS. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral

Sunday 27 October 2013, 6:30 pm — Washington, DC

National Gallery of Art for the exhibition Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections

Cappella Romana, the world’s leading vocal ensemble for the broad exploration of music of the Eastern Orthodox traditions, returns to the East Coast for two engagements culminating in a public concert for the National Gallery of Art’s exhibition “Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections.”

The tour was at risk of not taking place due to the government shutdown, which has now ended. The National Gallery of Art is open and its public programs, including the concert by Cappella Romana on 27 October, will take place as originally scheduled.

The program: The Byzantine Inheritance

Cappella Romana’s founder and artistic director Dr. Alexander Lingas (City University London) will lead a mixed ensemble in a 1000-year journey beginning with ancient Byzantine chant and musical encounters with Crusaders and Venetians, including Greek and Latin polyphony from the island of Crete. East meets West again at St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Los Angeles, where Frank Desby founded a tradition of Greek American choral music, which was continued by other Greek composers such as Tikey Zes, Peter Michaelides, Theodore Bogdanos, and Steven Cardiasmenos. The tour comes full circle with the mystical ecstasy of music by Athenian composer Michael Adamis (1929-2013).


Saturday 26 October 2013, 7:00 pm
Saints Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral
30 Malvern Avenue, Richmond, VA 23221
Sponsored by the Cathedral Organizations
Free admission

Sunday 27 October 2013, 6:30 pm
The National Gallery of Art
Sixth Street and Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC

Concerts at the National Gallery are open to the public, free of charge. Admittance is on a first-come, first-seated basis, beginning 30 minutes before each concert. The entrance at 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW remains open on Sunday until 6:30 p.m. Families with small children may be asked to sit in designated areas. Please note that late entry or reentry of the West Building after 6:30 p.m. is not permitted. For further information, call (202) 842-6941.