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With Your Support, Cappella Romana Brings These Things To The World

As we mark our 25th Anniversary this year, Cappella Romana is taking bold steps to bring you more of the unusual and beautiful music you love from the sacred traditions of New and Old Rome. And now, we need your help.

Would you make a gift by June 30th to start making an immediate impact?

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Bring beauty, knowledge and transcendence to the world with your contribution to Cappella Romana.

I am deeply grateful to all the donors and supporters that have helped build Cappella Romana into the world-renowned ensemble that it is today. In recent years Cappella Romana has expanded its concert series, taken new risks, produced critically acclaimed recordings, and accepted invitations to perform in festivals and concert series around the world.

Please make your contribution to our Annual Fund by June 30th and be part of our next chapter, too.
You can make your gift online – it’s fast, easy, and secure. Consider joining our monthly giving program in the amount of your choice. You can also call the office at 503.236.8202 to make your gift by phone.

Thank you for bringing beauty, knowledge, and transcendence into the world.

Yours always,

Mark Powell
Executive Director

P.S. Take a look at the benefits of giving to Cappella Romana below! Thank you.

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Subscribe To Our 25th Anniversary Season Today!

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Why should you become a subscriber for our 25th Anniversary Season? Check out our subscriber benefits:

With 3-concert subscriptions starting at $66 ($56 for Seniors), don’t miss your opportunity to get these amazing benefits during our 25th Anniversary Season!

2016-2017 Season:

Rehearsing James MacMillan’s “Videns Dominus”

Cappella Romana rehearsing James MacMillan's “Videns Dominus”

New Mystics From East & West

Mystical - Adamis MacMillan Kontoglou iconOur season closes with a program of music by two important modern voices: the Greek Orthodox composer Michael Adamis and Scottish Catholic James MacMillan. The choral works of both composers share a deeply personal quality and a rare devotion to ancient chant: Byzantine for Adamis and Gregorian for MacMillan. Colorful sonorities and intricate structures give the music of each an unmistakably mystical quality.

Seattle

Friday, 13 May 2016, 7:30pm
Blessed Sacrament
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Portland

Saturday, 14 May 2016, 7:30pm
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
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Sunday, 15 May 2016, 2:30pm
St. Mary’s Cathedral
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Artslandia Interviews Alexander Lingas

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Listen to Artslandia’s Susannah Mars interview with Alexander Lingas about our 25th Anniversary and this weekend’s ‪‎New Mystics‬ program on “Adventures in Artslandia”:

New Mystics From East & West

Mystical - Adamis MacMillan Kontoglou iconOur season closes with a program of music by two important modern voices: the Greek Orthodox composer Michael Adamis and Scottish Catholic James MacMillan. The choral works of both composers share a deeply personal quality and a rare devotion to ancient chant: Byzantine for Adamis and Gregorian for MacMillan. Colorful sonorities and intricate structures give the music of each an unmistakably mystical quality.

Seattle

Friday, 13 May 2016, 7:30pm
Blessed Sacrament
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Portland

Saturday, 14 May 2016, 7:30pm
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
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Sunday, 15 May 2016, 2:30pm
St. Mary’s Cathedral
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Cappella Romana Celebrates 25 Years!

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Twenty-five years ago today (April 26, 1991) Cappella Romana made its debut in San Francisco!

“Back in 1991, Portland native Alexander Lingas, the group’s artistic director, was living in San Francisco, singing as the assistant cantor at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral while studying for his doctoral exam. A recent earthquake had damaged the church, and an effort was under way to raise money for a renovation. Lingas, who had previously sung with the Portland State Chamber Choir and Portland Symphonic Choir, rallied friends from the Northwest and put together a benefit concert of ancient songs. Their warm-up gig at Portland’s Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral was Cappella’s first official show. ‘From the start,’ Lingas says, ‘the audiences were very appreciative that we were bringing them music that was often new or unknown.’”

Explore more of Cappella Romana’s history in Portland Monthly’s January 2010 feature.

Celebrate by saving 50% on our 25 years of recording!

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New Mystics From East & West

Mystical - Adamis MacMillan Kontoglou iconOur season closes with a program of music by two important modern voices: the Greek Orthodox composer Michael Adamis and Scottish Catholic James MacMillan. The choral works of both composers share a deeply personal quality and a rare devotion to ancient chant: Byzantine for Adamis and Gregorian for MacMillan. Colorful sonorities and intricate structures give the music of each an unmistakably mystical quality.

Seattle

Friday, 13 May 2016, 7:30pm
Blessed Sacrament
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Portland

Saturday, 14 May 2016, 7:30pm
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
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Sunday, 15 May 2016, 2:30pm
St. Mary’s Cathedral
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Cappella Romana Moving Sale!

The view overlooking SW Broadway and Madison

Cappella Romana’s office has moved! We’re celebrating with a 50% OFF sale on all of our CDs and Vinyl!

Shop Now & Save!

BONUS: When you buy two or more recordings, we’ll send you a FREE copy of LIVE IN GREECE!

ALL THIS MONTH: Sale ends April 30th!

New office address:
620 SW Main St, Suite 714
Portland, OR 97205

Robert Kyr Receives Arts and Letters Award

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Robert KyrA Time For Life composer Robert Kyr has been awarded the prestigious Arts and Letters Award given by the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

The award honors outstanding artistic achievement by a composer who has arrived at his or her own artistic voice. In addition to an honorarium, the award offers funds toward music recording. Candidates for music awards may only be nominated by members of the academy, who are judged by a panel of academy members. The panel selects each winner by evaluating a portfolio of compositions as well as a resume detailing artistic and professional achievements.

Robert Kyr will receive the award at the academy’s annual ceremonial in May.

Robert Kyr Talks about A Time For Life:

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Robert Kyr: A Time For Life

An environmental oratorio by composer Robert Kyr, commissioned by Cappella Romana in 2007 and now recorded for the first time, this work explores the urgent issue of ecological crisis caused by humanity s inability to live in harmony with the natural world. A Time for Life draws from texts in Greek Orthodoxy, the Bible, and Native American prayers with an ultimately optimistic approach. The work traces a journey from the glory of Creation through potential modern destruction to a hopeful future, in which humanity serves as a responsible steward of the earth and thus realigns itself with the creative forces of existence, resulting in a spiritual awakening that leads from a state of division and separation to the way of unity and wholeness.

Kyr’s music wept for the Earth. It shuddered and then grew stronger, blooming into beauty before evaporating in silence. –The Oregonian

Northwest Boychoir — Choral Tradition

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Choral Tradition
Joseph Crnko, conductor
Benjamin Kromholtz, piano
Martin Rothwell, baritone

Friday, March 18, 2016, 7:30pm
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Portland
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Program:

George Frideric Handel: Coronation Anthem II, HWV 259

  • Let The Hand Be Strengthened
  • Let Justice And Judgment
  • Alleluia

Giovanni Pergolesi: Stabat mater (selected movements)

  • Stabat mater dolorosa
  • O quam tristis et afflicta
  • Quis est homo
  • Fac, ut ardeat cor meum
  • Sancta mater, istud agas
  • Inflammatus et accensus
  • Quando corpus morietur
  • Amen

Gabriel Fauré: Requiem in D minor, Op. 48

  • Introit and Kyrie
  • Offertory
  • Sanctus
  • Pie Jesu
  • Agnus Dei
  • Libera Me
  • In Paradisum

Mark Powell named as full-time Executive Director

Mark Powell, Executive Director

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March 10, 2016
Contact: Mark Powell, Executive Director
503-236-8202 / [email protected]

Mark Powell Named as Full-Time Executive Director

Mark Powell, Executive Director

Mark Powell, Executive Director

PORTLAND, OR — Cappella Romana’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Mark Powell as its full-time Executive Director effective April 17, 2016. The Board’s action comes with the fullest confidence that Powell will continue to be an excellent steward of Cappella Romana’s mission, and a leader and advocate for its important work, just in time in 2016-17 for Cappella Romana’s 25th Anniversary Season, its most ambitious to date.

In the planning stages for over two years, this appointment is made possible by two significant three-year capacity building grants: from the Meyer Memorial Trust and the M J Murdock Charitable Trust, to which the organization is deeply grateful.

Powell comes to Cappella Romana from Portland Baroque Orchestra, where he served for nearly ten years as its Director of Development and Marketing. During Powell’s tenure, individual annual giving increased over 50% and ticket sale revenue increased by 73%. He was instrumental in fundraising for and promoting special projects as well as a new capacity initiative, funded by a major grant from the Meyer Memorial Trust with support from the Oregon Cultural Trust. Launched when Powell was PBO’s interim executive director last year, this three-year capacity initiative will expand the reach of Portland Baroque Orchestra’s marketing campaigns and the quality of its patron services.

Over twenty years ago (1995) and while still living in Seattle, Powell was invited by his friend and founding artistic director Dr. Alexander Lingas to perform in various projects in Cappella Romana. He quickly began assisting with promoting the ensemble’s Seattle series of concerts, later serving on the ensemble’s board and as its president. Shortly after moving to Portland in 2006, Powell was named part-time executive director and has since more than tripled the size of Cappella Romana’s budget to its current level of about $500,000.

“I am honored and humbled by this appointment,” says Powell. “I look forward to committing my energy and focus on the mission of Cappella Romana, in which I believe with all my heart.”

President of the board of directors, Sue Fischer, adds, “The board is excited to have Mark as our full-time executive director. His leadership and experience are vital to the organization as we pursue Cappella Romana’s mission of combining passion with scholarship in the music of the Christian East and West, here in the Pacific Northwest and indeed the world.”

Powell received his undergraduate education at Seattle Pacific University and earned a Master’s degree in musicology from the University of Washington. He is also a cantor in the Greek Orthodox Church of America, and lives with his wife Brigid Kathleen Powell and their two daughters in Portland.

CAPPELLA ROMANA is the Pacific Northwest’s leading professional vocal ensemble, dedicated to combining passion with scholarship in its exploration of the musical traditions of the Christian East and West, with emphasis on early and contemporary music. Founded by artistic director Alexander Lingas, and celebrating its 25th birthday in 2016, the ensemble presents a series of concerts in both Portland and Seattle, tours regularly in North America and Europe, and continually adds to its over 20-title discography. Cappella Romana aims to give audiences a glimpse of transcendence as it explores the Roman musical inheritance, of both Old Rome and Western Europe and New Rome (Constantinople) and its Slavic and Syriac commonwealth.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Mark Powell, Executive Director

Seattle Times Reviews Northwest Boychoir Stabat Mater

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Ahead of their March 18th Portland performance, the Northwest Boychoir performed Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater with an ensemble of Seattle Symphony musicians under the direction of King’s College Choir director Stephen Cleobury:

“The Boychoir, directed for the past 30 years by Joseph Crnko, has become a beloved Northwest fixture…with singing of exceptional clarity and balance, imposing unity, precise diction and a soaring lyricism that equaled the boys on the other side of the Atlantic. …the major piece on the program was the 41-minute “Stabat Mater” of Giovanni Battista Pergolesi…The Northwest Boychoir members warmly brought to life the choral sections expressing grief about the death of Christ, and the hope of eternity in paradise.” —Melinda Bargreen, The Seattle Times

Full review in The Seattle Times

Friday, March 18, 2016, 7:30pm
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Portland
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  • Gabriel Fauré Requiem
  • Giovanni Pergolesi Stabat Mater
  • George Frideric Handel Coronation Anthem

Read more about the Northwest Boychoir here

Cappella Romana presents guest artists in Portland, OR, as part of its mission to explore the Christian East and West. Prior guest artists on Cappella Romana’s series have included the Tudor Choir, the Byrd Ensemble, and the St. Panteleimon Quartet from Tbilisi (Georgia).