Cappella Romana on “Played in Oregon”

rachmaninoff-allnightTune in to AllClassical Portland this Sunday, August 30th at 1pm as Brandi Parisi plays excerpts from our 2012 Rachmaninoff All-Night Vigil concert on the “Played in Oregon” program in advance of our September 11-13th All-Night Vigil performances!

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Rachmaninoff All-Night Vigil:

Cappella Romana’s 24th Annual Season opens with Sergei Rachmaninoff’s monumental All-Night Vigil (also known as the Vespers), in celebration of the 100th anniversary of its premiere in 1915. Impassioned and hauntingly beautiful, the All-Night Vigil is a pinnacle of the Russian choral repertoire. The performances will include psalms and hymns by Tchaikovsky and others to place Rachmaninoff’s work within its larger context.

Seattle

Friday, 11 Sept. 2015, 7:30pm
St. James Cathedral
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Portland

Saturday, 12 Sept. 2015, 7:30pm
St. Mary’s Cathedral
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Sunday, 13 Sept. 2015, 2:30pm
St. Mary’s Cathedral
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Early Music America Reviews Good Friday in Jerusalem

Good Friday In Jerusalem: Medieval Byzantine Chant from the Church of the Holy SepulchreDonald Rosenberg reviews our Good Friday In Jerusalem recording in Early Music America Magazine:

“Here Cappella Romana travels back to the roots of Byzanitne chant to recreate a Good Friday service through the music of the 8th and 9th centuries. The recording shot to the top of Amazon and Billboard charts when released, and it takes only a few seconds to understand why listeners have been mesmerized. From the moment the ensemble’s cavernous basses intone drones that anchor extended, contemplative chants, you won’t be able to tear yourself away from your speakers or earbuds. … The disc, the ensemble’s 20th, was recorded in Stanford University’s Memorial Church, a space of subtle resonance that allows the music to float on a halo of sound without ever becoming hazy. The singers of Cappella Romana…sustain the long phrases with remarkable finesse and breath control, including those intrepid basses, who appear to possess endless reserves of air. Along with tonal beauty, the ensemble brings utmost clarity to texts that inspired music of ecstatic and penetrating splendor. The soloists, the Greek-born Stelios Kontakiotis and Portland native John Michael Boyer, are eloquent champions of chant.” —Donald Rosenberg, Early Music America

See the full review in the Fall 2015 issue of Early Music America

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Patrick Comerford Previews Cappella Romana’s All-Night Vigil Centennial Performance And More

Alexander Lingas_Cappella Romana_Board and StaffAfter attending Dr. Alexander Lingas’ Kilkenny Arts Festival lecture “The Lost Music of Byzantium” last Saturday, blogger Patrick Comerford previews Cappella Romana’s upcoming Rachmaninoff All-Night Vigil concert series:

“This year marks the centenary of the All-Night Vigil, the a cappella choral composition by Sergei Rachmaninoff, his Op. 37. … To mark this centenary, Cappella Romana is opening its 24th Annual Season with Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil, with performances in Portland, Oregon, and Seattle, Washington, that will include psalms and hymns by Tchaikovsky and others to place Rachmaninoff’s work within its larger context.

Cappella Romana is an ensemble celebrated for its recordings of the Byzantine liturgical tradition, dating back to the great church of Aghia Sophia in Constantinople, built by the Emperor Justinian in the sixth century. Some performances by Cappella Romana feature music from this tradition that has never before been heard by many, sometimes with new or rediscovered works brought to audiences by leading contemporary composers.

Cappella Romana’s Founder and Artistic Director, Dr Alexander Lingas, spoke in Kilkenny Castle yesterday [15 August 2015] about ‘The Lost Music of Byzantium’. … In his lecture, Alexander Lingas explored the traditions of Byzantine music dating back to before the fall of Constantinople to the Ottomans in 1453. … He introduced us to a mediaeval musical tradition of the Greek Orthodox and Byzantine world based in Constantinople, the “New Rome,” and its Slavic neighbours. Its languages include Greek, Syriac, Armenian, Arabic, Slavonic, Romanian, and, today, French and English.

He quoted Saint John Chrysostom, who wrote: “For nothing so arouses the soul, gives it wings, sets it free from the earth, releases it from the prison of the body, teaches it to love wisdom, and to condemn and all the things if this life as concordant melody and sacred song composed in rhythm.”

And the soul was aroused and given wings at yesterday’s lecture.”

Read the full piece at www.PatrickComerford.com

Cappella Romana Rachmaninoff All-Night Vigil Concert Tickets:

Seattle

Friday, 11 Sept. 2015, 7:30pm
St. James Cathedral
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Portland

Saturday, 12 Sept. 2015, 7:30pm
St. Mary’s Cathedral
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Sunday, 13 Sept. 2015, 2:30pm
St. Mary’s Cathedral
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Cappella Romana Receives Oregon Cultural Trust Grant For Performances And Recording of Works by Composer Michael Adamis

Cappella-Romana-LogoAs part of the Oregon Cultural Trust’s record $2.6 million in grants to Oregon partners, coalitions and organization, Cappella Romana has been awarded $16,285 to support concerts in Oregon and a recording of choral works by Greek composer Michael Adamis.

From the Oregon Cultural Trust:

Salem, Ore. — Statewide cultural organizations will receive a record $2.6 million in grants from the Oregon Cultural Trust in fiscal year 2015-16, up a full 30 percent over last year and surpassing $2 million for the first time. The dramatic increase in funding results from a record fundraising year and a new distribution formula approved by the Oregon legislature.

The awards include a total of $644,959 to the Cultural Trust’s five statewide partners (Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Heritage Commission, Oregon Humanities, Oregon Historical Society and the State Historic Preservation Office); $644,959 to 45 county and tribal cultural coalitions (who re-grant the funds through local programs); and $1,260,945 to 84 cultural organizations through competitive Cultural Development Grants, more than double the amount awarded last fiscal year. The Cultural Development Grants include first-time awards to 25 organizations and the largest grants ever awarded – $35,000 – to six of the state’s largest cultural nonprofits. The grants are awarded for projects that address access, capacity, creativity and preservation.

Among the 84 recipients of Cultural Development Grants is Cappella Romana, where Trust funding will help support a recording of the choral works by Greek composer Michael Adamis.

“We are extremely grateful to members of the legislature for giving us the flexibility to provide deeper support to the groups who ensure Oregon’s cultural vitality,” said Cultural Trust Executive Director Brian Rogers. “The increased funds will allow them to have an even greater impact on creating the quality of life we Oregonians expect and appreciate.”

The new distribution formula, put in place through the passage of Senate Bill 441, allows the Trust to allocate a larger percentage of the funds it raises to grant making and administration. The Trust raised a record $4.4 million in fiscal year 2014-15, through donor participation in the cultural tax credit, allowing it to allocate $2.6 million to statewide grants.

New Mystics from East & West

Cappella Romana performs the choral works of Michael Adamis May 13-15, 2016 during the 24th Annual Northwest Series.

Are You Ready To RACH?

Cappella Romana’s 24th Annual Season opens with Sergei Rachmaninoff’s monumental All-Night Vigil (also known as the Vespers), in celebration of the 100th anniversary of its premiere in 1915. Impassioned and hauntingly beautiful, the All-Night Vigil is a pinnacle of the Russian choral repertoire. The performances will include psalms and hymns by Tchaikovsky and others to place Rachmaninoff’s work within its larger context.

Cappella Romana favorite Mark Bailey guest directs a large choir with soloists, featuring Rev. Dr. Nicholas Denysenko from Los Angeles as the deacon.

Seattle

Friday, 11 Sept. 2015, 7:30pm
St. James Cathedral
ADVANCE PASSES

Portland

Saturday, 12 Sept. 2015, 7:30pm
St. Mary’s Cathedral
TICKETS


Sunday, 13 Sept. 2015, 2:30pm
St. Mary’s Cathedral
TICKETS

Happy Birthday Guillaume Dufay!

Happy 618th birthday to Guillaume Dufay! Celebrate with his Ecclesia militantis from The Fall of Constantinople:

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Cyprus Recording Session Photos

A look at the first night of Cappella Romana’s Cyprus: Greek East & Latin West recording sessions:

Hear it this season:

Cyprus: Greek East & Latin West

To this day, the island of Cyprus stands at a crossroads between East and West. Alexander Lingas leads Cappella Romana in an intrepid exploration of Cypriot music in both Byzantine and Western styles, including refined ars subtilior music composed for the Royal Court of Cyprus (c. 1308-1432) from the manuscript J.II.9 housed at the University of Turin.

2015 Concert Series:

Seattle

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Single Tickets available August 1st.

Friday, 13 Nov. 2015, 7:30pm
Blessed Sacrament

Portland

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Single Tickets available August 1st.

Saturday, 14 Nov. 2015, 7:30pm
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral


Sunday, 15 Nov. 2015, 2:30pm
St. Mary’s Cathedral

Gramophone Magazine Names Steinberg: Passion Week An Editor’s Choice!

Steinberg: Passion WeekGramophone Magazine names our new Maximilian Steinberg: Passion Week recording an August Editor’s Choice!

“This important and exciting release from the Portland, Oregon-based 26-strong chamber choir is a notable successor to their ‘Good Friday in Jerusalem’ disc (5/15). … This recording closely followed what is believed to have been the premiere complete performance by these forces. … The a cappella textures spread variously and luxuriantly into 12 parts, requiring, as might be expected, the sopranos to soar with jewel-like brilliance and the basses to delve to their reedy subterranean depths. Cappella Romana cope with all of this with an eloquent brilliance, singing with tremendous relish, as though this obscure masterpiece had been in their repertory for years. Their unanimity of attack and fastidious approach to dynamic contrasts are just two hallmarks of an outstanding achievement. Hats off, too, to Preston Smith and Steve Barnett for their superb engineering and production. …the finest advocacy from these fine musicians. This is definitely a disc to savour.” —Malcolm Riley, Gramophone Magazine

Read the full review on www.gramophone.co.uk!

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Cyprus Recording Rehearsals

Enjoy some photos from our rehearsals as we prepare to record our Cyprus: Greek East & Latin West program this week:

Also, enjoy a look back at our 2008 Cyprus rehearsals:

Cyprus: Greek East & Latin West

To this day, the island of Cyprus stands at a crossroads between East and West. Alexander Lingas leads Cappella Romana in an intrepid exploration of Cypriot music in both Byzantine and Western styles, including refined ars subtilior music composed for the Royal Court of Cyprus (c. 1308-1432) from the manuscript J.II.9 housed at the University of Turin.

2015 Concert Series:

Seattle

Subscribe: Seattle
Single Tickets available August 1st.

Friday, 13 Nov. 2015, 7:30pm
Blessed Sacrament

Portland

Subscribe: Portland
Single Tickets available August 1st.

Saturday, 14 Nov. 2015, 7:30pm
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral


Sunday, 15 Nov. 2015, 2:30pm
St. Mary’s Cathedral

Now Playing on YouTube — Maximilian Steinberg: Passion Week

Listen to our new Maximilian Steinberg: Passion Week recording on YouTube!

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All 2015-2016 Series Concerts: