Alexander Lingas and John M. Boyer presenting at the Axion Estin Symposium in New York

This week, the Axion Estin Foundation is holding its second conference in New York with the title “Building a Byzantine Choir.” Both Dr. Alexander Lingas and John M. Boyer will be key contributors to the event.

Dr. Alexander Lingas will be assisting Lycourgos Angelopoulos in his three-day workshop entitled “Building a Byzantine Choir”. Dr. Lingas will translate the sessions from Greek to English and offer brief background information if necessary.

John M. Boyer was commissioned by the National Forum of Greek Orthodox Church Musicians to transcribe all the music scores which will be used in the symposium into western notation and to accompany the original Greek text with English phonetics.

Audio and video of the last symposium may be found here, including a short presentation by Alexander Lingas.

Arctic Light Sells out in Portland

We’re thrilled to report a full sell-out in Portland of our program ARCTIC LIGHT, with nearly 700 in attendance.

If you missed the show, but would like to purchase a CD of some of this music, visit our website for some specially imported CDs of Finnish Orthodox Music.

Friday concert to sell out

The Portland concert of ARCTIC LIGHT is going to sell out, so we have opened the balcony and transept seating for overflow as required. These seats have an obstructed view.

To have the best experience for Friday night’s concert, bear in mind that parking is limited around St. Mary’s Cathedral. Please come early, and use the lots within a few blocks of the cathedral. Also, restrooms are limited at St. Mary’s, so please consider, for your convenience, using a restroom before arriving at the cathedral.

Arctic Light Dress Rehearsal on YouTube

Dress rehearsal with Fr. Ivan Moody at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Portland, Oregon, January 9, 2008.

Ivan Moody visits music composition class


In addition to working with the concert choir, Ivan Moody discussed composition with students from Oregon Episcopal School. The visit was hosted by Adam Steele, singer in Cappella Romana and on the music faculty at Oregon Episcopal School.

Tickets going fast for ARCTIC LIGHT

There are still a few of the best seats still available for the concerts of Arctic Light: Finnish Orthodox Music, but they are selling quickly.

Order your tickets to ARCTIC LIGHT today at Brown Paper Tickets, 800-838-3006, or online at www.brownpapertickets.com.

More information about Arctic Light.

Fr. Ivan Moody concelebrates at St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church


Fr. Ivan Moody (second from the right) concelebrated the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom at St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church on Sunday morning, January 6, 2008. In addition to serving the liturgy, Fr. Ivan participated in the feast of Theophany, the Baptism of Christ in the River Jordan, which culminated in the service of the Blessing of the Water.

Later, during a post-liturgy discussion, Fr. Ivan explained (among other things, such as his home in Portugal and parochial responsibilities there) that he is a composer, and that one of his latest compositions is a Tuba concerto, which seemed to mystify a number of people in the room who perhaps expected that he only wrote music for church services!

Arctic Light rehearsals begin


Fr. Ivan Moody has arrived from Portugal for a week-long residency with Cappella Romana. Here Fr. Ivan is shown conducting Cappella Romana in rehearsal, at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral in its new Hellenic American Cultural Center. (http://www.hellenicamericancc.org/)

Cappella Romana (Arctic Light) in the Japanese Press


Cappella Romana’s Arctic Light was picked up by Jen Magazine, shown above.

Messiah performances sell out


Portland Baroque Orchestra’s performances of Handel’s Messiah, with Cappella Romana as the chorus, have all sold out (four performances).

The first two performances on Thursday and Friday included Russian Orthodox music by Titov and Bortniansky.

Limited seats are available at the door. More information may be found at http://www.pbo.org.