Kyrie for Saint Hilarion in London

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Video from Cappella Romana’s performance of the Kyrie for Saint Hilarion at St. Giles-Cripplegate in London on 1 July, 2016 in a concert sponsored by City University (London):

Namur Festival Performance

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Enjoy a video of our performance of Motet 8 Gemma florens/Hec est dies from the MS Torino J.II.9. at the Abbatial Church of the Abbaye de Floreffe, Namur, Belgium!

Festival de Namur: Time Travel With Cappella Romana

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Many thanks to Kerry McCarthy for translating this wonderful review from Crescendo Magazine! Click here to read the original review.

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Festival de Namur: Time Travel With Cappella Romana

By Aline Giaux, IMEP reporter

Cappella Romana: Cyprus, dir. Alexander Lingas

Cappella Romana gave an extraordinary concert this Monday, July 4, at the Namur Festival. This chamber ensemble from the west coast of the United States (Portland, Oregon) offered a selection of medieval and renaissance Cypriot music, combining the polyphonic Christian songs of the Greek East and the Latin West. These specialists in their field highlighted the creative richness of the era as well as the diversity of Orthodox and Catholic music. The program was a joy for musicologists and sparked the interest of all through the magic of the surroundings and the performance. Since these chants require more reverberant acoustics than that of the church of Saint-Loup in Namur, the festival relocated temporarily to the abbey church of Floreffe. The room was set up so that the listeners were turned toward the back of the church, where they could see part of the Chagall exhibition (which continues until October 2.) In this way, they were able to benefit from both a large acoustical space and an intimate physical space.

Although the program was very specialized, it was anything but monotonous. On the contrary, it took us by the hand and plunged us into a universe which we would never have imagined to be so interesting. The vocal drone, steady and mesmerizing, seemed to perfume the air with incense and myrrh as complex and ornamented phrases rubbed against it. The voices mingled and rejoined, often in a stunning fashion. The most puzzling detail for the modern ear was doubtless the use of an unequal temperament, creating harmonic colors that are rarely heard nowadays. Recall that equal temperament, the division of the octave into 12 equal semitones, did not become popular until the baroque era, simplifying the tuning of certain instruments but leading to the loss of the “colors” specific to each tonality. The ten singers, with their rich and firmly anchored timbre, showed great expertise in sustaining a completely a cappella concert, with a beautiful cohesion at the heart of the group and a presence which kept the audience holding their breath until the end. A discovery we will not forget.

Cappella Romana will return to Liège for the Nuits de Septembre with their program “Venice in the East” (on September 3 at the Church of St. Denis.)

Einojuhani Rautavaara 1928-2016. Memory eternal

Einojuhani Rautavaara

In his memory, Cappella Romana will perform his All-Night Vigil in January 2017, directed by Finnish conductor Timo Nuoranne who has championed the music of Rautavaara for his entire career.

Details on The Washington Post

Below is a recording of Timo Nuoranne conducting the All-Night Vigil with the Finnish Radio Chamber Choir:

Cappella Romana on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune

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Cappella Romana started the 2016 European Tour in London, but before the St. Giles Cripplegate performance, they stopped by BBC Radio 3 for an appearance on the “In Tune” program!

Listen to the full broadcast

Watch a clip from the studio performance:

Photos from Bouillon!

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Reception:

These engagements were supported by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through USArtists International in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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Belgian Tour Recap!

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Cappella Romana is back from Belgium and the Festival of Wallonia!
Below are links to reviews, media and more from the tour:

These engagements were supported by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through USArtists International in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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Photos from Namur

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Information from the performance in Namur.

These engagements were supported by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through USArtists International in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation

Beauty, Knowledge, Transcendence.

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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.

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

Yours always,

Mark Powell
Executive Director

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