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

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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

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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

Liège Performance On Demand!

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Cappella Romana’s 3 September concert in Liège of cultural encounters between Venice and its Greek colonies is now available courtesy of Belgian Radio’s on-demand Musiq3 Service:

Listen

Il Giornale Della Musica Reviews Utrecht Early Music Festival

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An Utrecht Early Music Festival mention for Cappella Romana in the Italian outlet Il Giornale Della Musica:

“The connection of the Republic of Venice with the Adriatic, and more generally, Mediterranean, world was well represented by an interesting concert of the ensemble Cappella Romana, directed by Alexander Lingas, centered on the presence of the liturgical Byzantine chant and the affinity between the Easter services in Greek and in Latin rites.”

See the full review

Portland Gala Speakers Announced!

RSVP A Night on the Aegean

RSVP A Night on the Aegean

RSVP today for A Night on the Aegean!

Purchase tickets online or call 503.236.8202

RSVPs welcome as long as space is available or until Sept. 19th

Portland Gala Guest Speakers:

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Fr. John Bakas

Dean of the Cathedral of St. Sophia in Los Angeles, CA
Founder of Camp AGAPE ‘Kids ‘n Cancer’ program

President of the Valley Children’s Hospital Foundation in Fresno, CA

Professor of Greek Orthodox Theology at Loyola Marymount University

Appears on Cappella Romana’s recording, Tikey Zes: The Divine Liturgy

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The Honorable Charles & Nancy Hales, Gala Chairs

Mayor Charlie Hales
Mayor of Portland

Former Portland City Council member

Nancy Hales
First Lady of Portland

Director of First Stop Portland

Alexander Lingas

Dr. Alexander Lingas

Founder & Artistic Director, Cappella Romana

Reader in Music at City University, London

Fellow of Oxford’s European Humanities Research Centre

Fulbright and Onassis grant recipient

Winner of the St. Romanos the Melodist medallion of the National Forum for Greek Orthodox Church Musicians

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

Utrecht Early Music Festival Review

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“For centuries Venice was politically and economically one of the most important centers of Europe, which led to a multitude of relations, for instance to the East and its dominant Byzantine culture. Due to political developments residents of eastern areas also settled in Venice, including Greeks who took their own version of the Christian faith and the accompanying liturgy with them. Cappella Romana, directed by Alexander Lingas, sang a programme with chants in Latin and in Byzantine Greek that in terms of pronunciation is more akin to modern Greek then to its classical version. The programme was divided into four chapters: Crucifixion and Deposition, Resurrection, Eucharist Songs and Hymns to the Mother of God. It revealed both the similarities and the differences. A striking feature of the Byzantine hymns are the long melisma’s which explains that pieces on a rather short text still can take quite much time. The last part of the programme included a passage with a vocalise on “terererere”; these meaningless syllables are termed teretismata and make their appearance in Byzantine manuscripts since the 14th century. Such a passage may actually be extended or shortened at will. This repertoire is particularly fascinating and largely unknown. Cappella Romana has specialized in this kind of music and recently released a CD with liturgical music from Cyprus. The style of singing is somewhat reminiscent of that of sacred music in the Russian Orthodox tradition, with an important role for the lower voices. In this concert women also participated but their role was relatively limited. The acoustics of the St Willibrordkerk was perfect for this repertoire. The performances of the Cappella Romana were extremely impressive.” —Johan van Veen, musica Dei donum

See the full festival review

Photos from Liège!

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Photos from our September 2016 concert in Liège courtesy of Les Nuits de Septembre:

Utrecht Early Music Festival Concert Number One!

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Photos from our SOLD OUT Friday Utrecht Early Music Concert!

From “Venice in the East” at the Utrecht Early Music Festival

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Cappella Romana’s return to the Utrecht Early Music Festival! Venice in the East celebrates music from Crete and the Ionian Islands, which were ruled by the Venetians after the fall of Constantinople in 1204.

Cappella Romana Rehearsing in Utrecht

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Watch an excerpt from our rehearsals in Utrecht for Friday and Sunday’s performances at the Utrecht Early Music Festival:

Utrecht Festival Concert Details