Cyprus Named a Recording of the Year

Cyprus: Between Greek East and Latin West

MusicWeb International critic Johan van Veen names our Cyprus: Between Greek East & Latin West a 2016 Recording of the Year!

“Cappella Romana is an ensemble which specializes in early and contemporary music of the Christian East and West. This explains that the programme recorded here sounds very idiomatic. The singing is impressive and the liturgical character of the chants selected for this disc comes off convincingly.”

See the full MusicWeb International list at www.musicweb-international.com, and read Johan van Veen’s orignal review of the recording!

#GivingTuesday

#GivingTuesday

After Two Days of Shopping, #GivingTuesday is a day to give back

TODAY is #GivingTuesday! Giving Tuesday is a global movement born in 2012 to shine a light on giving back.

It is a holiday designed to rival Black Friday and Cyber Monday: a day to focus on what really matters.

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Hagia Sophia: A Space In Between Heaven and Earth

Hagia SophiaProfessor Bissera Pentcheva presents Hagia Sophia: A Space In Between Heaven and Earth at Reed College

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 – 4:45pm
Eliot Hall 314
Free and open to the public
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** This event follows Cappella Romana’s residency with Dr. Pentcheva at Stanford, where the ensemble performed medieval Byzantine chant from Hagia Sophia in a sold-out live concert and recording sessions, both using the imprinted acoustic of Hagia Sophia developed by Stanford’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics. **

Drawing on art and architectural history, liturgy, musicology, acoustics, and digital technology, this lecture explores the Byzantine paradigm of animation as manifested in Hagia Sophia, arguing that it emerges in the visual and sonic mirroring, in the chiastic structure of the psalmody, and in the prosody of the sung poetry. Together these elements orchestrate a multi-sensory experience that has the potential to destabilize the divide between real and oneiric, placing the faithful in a space in between terrestrial and celestial. The use of digital technology to imprint the acoustics of the Great Church on modern performance of Byzantine chant (by Cappella Romana!) invites a reflection on how our studies in the humanities can transcend the limits of text-based encounter with the past and enter instead the realm of experience and aesthetics.

Bissera Pentcheva teaches medieval art at Stanford University. Her research focuses on animation, phenomenology, aesthetics, and acoustics. Her articles have appeared in the Art Bulletin, Gesta, and Dumbarton Oaks Papers. Her three books include Icons and Power: The Mother of God in Byzantium (Penn State Press, 2006), The Sensual Icon: Space Ritual and The Senses in Byzantium (Penn State Press, 2010), and Hagia Sophia: Sound, Space, and Spirit in Byzantium (Penn State Press, 2017). She has just completed an edited volume on art, music, acoustics, and the use of digital technology, Pentcheva, ed., Aural Architecture: Music, Acoustics and Ritual in Byzantium (Ashgate/Routledge, 2017).

Icons of Sound: Hagia Sophia Reimagined – Photo Edition

Icons of Sound: Hagia Sophia Reimagined

Enjoy photos by Theodor Dumitrescu from our Icons of Sound: Hagia Sophia Reimagined project and performance:

For Your Consideration

Cyprus: Between Greek East & Latin West

Cyprus: Between Greek East & Latin West

Cyprus: Between Greek East & Latin WestCappella Romana

Alexander Lingas, artistic Director

Produced since 2004 by GRAMMY Award-winning producer Steve Barnett, Cappella Romana performs “music of purity and radiance” (Gramophone) in concerts of “luminous beauty” (Washington Post). Appearances in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, London, Athens, Utrecht, Regensburg, and in the US Northwest all demonstrate how Cappella Romana “continues its ascent” (Wall Street Journal).

With Cyprus: Between Greek East & Latin 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.

“Cappella Romana is at its sterling best, well-disciplined and highly focused readings of authority, clarity, and, most importantly, genuine empathy and feeling. Couple that with ingratiating sound and you have a highly desirable disc.” —Steven Ritter, Audiophile Audition

Extensive scholarly article by founding artistic director Dr. Alexander Lingas (City University London, University of Oxford), with full texts in Greek and Latin, and translations in English. See the article in the liner notes

Live Cyprus performance from BBC Studios

2015 Pacific Northwest Cyprus Rehearsals

A Night On The Aegean Seattle Photos!

Have a look through our photos from our Seattle A Night On The Aegean 25th Anniversary Gala via Facebook!

All Photos by Danielle Barnum Photography.

Looking Back On Cappella Romana’s Germany Tour

Cappella Romana in Konstanz

A look back at Cappella Romana’s Konstanz and Otterberg, Germany performances:

Rehearsing in Konstanz!

Cappella Romana in Konstanz

Rehearsing our Fall of Constantinople program in a room built in the same year (1453) as the actual event:

Cappella Romana in Germany

Konstanz Konzilstadt

Friday, Sept 30, 8pm
Münster Konstanz
Konstanz, DE
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Otterberg Abbey

Sunday, Oct 2, 8pm
Otterberg Abbey
Otterberg, DE
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25th Anniversary Season Opens This Weekend!

Cappella Romana 25th Anniversary Season

Cappella Romana 25th Anniversary Season

This Weekend: Opening Concerts of Cappella Romana’s 25th Anniversary Season!

Orthodox Music: Ancient & Modern

A reprise of Cappella Roman’s debut performance, which was given in 1991! The program includes selections from Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil, rarely heard Byzantine chants from Constantinople, and Greek American choral works.

25th Anniversary Features in the News!

Pre-Concert Talk

Alexander Lingas
Orthodox Music & the Concert Hall: Some Reflections on the Last 25 Years
Dr. Alexander Lingas, Cappella Romana Founder and Artistic Director

Free 30-minute talks given one hour prior to each performance

Seattle
Friday 23 September, 7:30pm
St. James Cathedral
TICKETS

Portland
Saturday 24 September, 4:00pm
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
TICKETS

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A Night on the Aegean: 25th Anniversary Gala

Following Orthodox Music: Ancient & Modern the opening performance of Cappella Romana’s 2016-17 Season

Seattle
Friday, September 23, 2016
St. James Cathedral
804 Ninth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
TICKETS

Portland
Saturday, September 24, 2016
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
147 NW 19th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209
TICKETS

Unable to be there in person?

Make a gift today in honor of our 25th Anniversary:

And follow along throughout the weekend with the #CR25 hashtag on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

The Oregonian Explores Cappella Romana’s History

cr-featured-25thBrett Campbell explores Cappella Romana’s history in The Oregonian before this weekend’s 25th Anniversary Celebrations:

“When Alexander Lingas moved to San Francisco in 1990, the Greek Orthodox cathedral where he’d just been appointed associate cantor lay in ruins, devastated by the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. Lingas wanted to help the church rebuild – and the only contribution he could offer was music.

The Portland native had sung in his Greek Orthodox church, with local choir Cantores in Ecclesia and with the Portland State Chamber Choir. So he and his Portland musical friends piled into a van and headed south to perform a benefit concert. The church offered them lodging and a lavish, post-concert spaghetti dinner with freshly cured Greek olives.

After hearing the Northwesterners sing Greek Orthodox music from ancient Byzantium as well as contemporary Greek-American composers and more, nearly 300 listeners donated money for cathedral reconstruction. Lingas and friends decided to keep making music.…” —Brett Campbell, The Oregonian

Read the full piece on OregonLive.com

Orthodox Music: Ancient & Modern

25th Anniversary Celebration!

Orthodox Music: Ancient And Modern

A reprise of Cappella Romana’s 1991 début performance, including selections from the Rachmaninoff All-Night Vigil, rarely heard Byzantine chants from Constantinople, and Greek American choral works.

Seattle
Friday 23 September, 7:30pm
St. James Cathedral

TICKETS

Followed by A Night on the Aegean Gala Reception

Portland
Saturday 24 September, 4:00pm
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral

TICKETS

Followed by A Night on the Aegean Gala Dinner & Auction

night-on-aegean

A Night on the Aegean: 25th Anniversary Gala

Following Orthodox Music: Ancient & Modern the opening performance of Cappella Romana’s 2016-17 Season

Seattle
Friday, September 23, 2016
St. James Cathedral
804 Ninth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
TICKETS

Portland
Saturday, September 24, 2016
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
147 NW 19th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209
TICKETS