Cappella Romana Celebrates 25 Years!

Cappella Romana

Cappella Romana

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.

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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!

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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

Robert Kyr

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:

Robert Kyr: A Time For Life
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).

Cappella Romana Celebrates Early Music Month!

Early Music Month 2016

Early Music Month 2016Cappella Romana joins Early Music America and many other ensembles and organizations across the country in celebrating March as #EarlyMusicMonth2016!

Sponsored by Early Music America, this national, grassroots campaign is designed to raise awareness of early music throughout the larger North American music community. Early Music Month seeks to connect enthusiasts, performers, presenters, scholars, builders, students, and venues to bring early music to its widest audience ever. Over 120 registered partners in North America, Europe, and Africa will host meet ups, plan educational events, post YouTube videos, and dedicate concerts throughout March 2016 in celebration of the diversity, scholarship, and commitment to excellence in the field of early music.

As an Early Music Month partner, Cappella Romana is proud to include our presentation of the Northwest Boychoir as part of this celebration of the field of early music. Cappella Romana encourages all fans and enthusiasts of the field to participate in the celebration.

Cappella Romana Presents The Northwest Boychoir

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Following their successful Portland debut, presented by Cappella Romana in 2014, the Northwest Boychoir returns on March 18th!

The Northwest Boychoir is a mixed ensemble of more than 80 singers, including both treble and changed voices. The program features classical choral works, including the Pergolesi Stabat Mater and Fauré Requiem.

TICKETS

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

Program:

Gabriel Fauré Requiem
Giovanni Pergolesi Stabat Mater
George Frideric Handel Coronation Anthem

Cappella Romana on King FM This Week!

Passion Week Rehearsals
Passion Week Rehearsals

Alexander Lingas leads Passion Week rehearsals this past weekend

Seattle’s Classical King FM 98.1 will feature Cappella Romana recordings this week in the lead up to our Maximilian Steinberg: Passion Week concert series in Seattle and Portland!

Broadcast Schedule:

8:06pm — Monday, Feb 8: Sticheron (Medieval Byzantine Chant)

8:08pm — Tuesday, Feb 9: Tikey Zes: Introit of Pentecost

Tune in at www.king.org

Passion Week — February 12-14, 2016

Cappella Romana presents Maximilian Steinberg’s Passion Week, a collection of choral hymns for Holy Week in the Russian Orthodox tradition. The last major sacred work to be composed following the imposition of Communism, Passion Week continues the movement in early 20th-century Russia that sought to give new birth to its spiritual and musical roots. Steinberg became the student and son-in-law of Rimsky-Korsakov, a classmate of Stravinsky, and the teacher of Shostakovich.

Seattle

Friday, 12 February 2016, 7:30pm
Blessed Sacrament
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Portland

Saturday, 13 February 2016, 7:30pm
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
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Sunday, 14 February 2016, 2:30pm
St. Mary’s Cathedral
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Replay our AllClassical FM Performance

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Alexander Lingas led singers from Cappella Romana in a performance of music by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Dmitry Bortniansky, and Maximilian Steinberg on AllClassical FM yesterday (2/4), and if you missed it, you’re in luck as you can listen on the [email protected] Archive!

Photos from the performance:

Cappella Romana presents Maximilian Steinberg’s Passion Week, a collection of choral hymns for Holy Week in the Russian Orthodox tradition. The last major sacred work to be composed following the imposition of Communism, Passion Week continues the movement in early 20th-century Russia that sought to give new birth to its spiritual and musical roots. Steinberg became the student and son-in-law of Rimsky-Korsakov, a classmate of Stravinsky, and the teacher of Shostakovich.

Seattle

Friday, 12 February 2016, 7:30pm
Blessed Sacrament
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Portland

Saturday, 13 February 2016, 7:30pm
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
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Sunday, 14 February 2016, 2:30pm
St. Mary’s Cathedral
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Cappella Romana To Perform at International Music Symposium

2016 Pan-Orthodox Music Symposium

2016 Pan-Orthodox Music SymposiumCappella Romana presents a special concert of Orthodox liturgical hymns under the direction of Fr. Ivan Moody during the 2016 Pan-Orthodox Music Symposium

The International Society for Orthodox Church Music is pleased to announce that the vocal ensemble Cappella Romana will present a special concert of Orthodox liturgical hymns in Minneapolis as part of the Pan-Orthodox Music Symposium. The concert, under Father Ivan’s direction, will feature the extraordinary Opelo (Requiem) by Stevan Hristić, Peter Mirolybov’s Exapostilarion for the Dormition, and works by Father Ivan himself, Kurt Sander, Father Glagolev and Tikey Zes. The program will showcase the breadth of creativity found in Orthodox liturgical music from the Byzantine and Slavic traditions to more modern settings from Finland and America.

The selections which Cappella Romana will perform reflect the sense of creativity and diversity reflect the mission of the ISOCM and the success of its conferences and gatherings. “Past ISOCM events have proved that bringing together musicians from different traditions and different countries is a uniquely effective way of effecting a pan-Orthodox witness both to the universality of the faith and the diversity of its traditions,” said Father Ivan.

Find out more at www.orthodoxmusicsymposium.org