Cappella Romana at the Portland Middle East Festival

Sunday, August 27th, Cappella Romana will present selections of Orthodox Music from the upcoming season at 2 and 4pm during the 40th Annual Middle East Festival at the St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in Portland!

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Venice in the North Previews

Venice in the North

Preview works on this weekend’s (April 28-30) Venice in the North program with videos from Cappella Romana performances at the 2016 Utrecht Early Music Festival:

Venice in the North

Cappella Romana first performed “Venice in the North” at the 2016 Early Music Festival in Utrecht (Netherlands). Make your April complete with this remarkable music!

An exploration of Russian Orthodox choral works from the Imperial Court Chapel in Saint Petersburg, by the Venetian Classical masters employed there under Catherine the Great.

“Venice in the North” explores revolutionary trends in 17th- and 18th-century Russian sacred music, featuring compositions for Orthodox services by Venetians Giuseppe Sarti and Baldassare Galuppi, and Galuppi’s star Ukrainian student Dmitri Bortnyansky.

Especially in Saint Petersburg, the liturgical arts of architecture, iconography, and singing displayed influence from the Baroque culture of the West, evident in music from the cultivation of Italian and Central European polyphonic styles.

Program Notes

Friday 28 April, 7:30pm
St. Mark’s Cathedral


Saturday 29 April, 8:00pm
St. Mary’s Cathedral


Sunday 30 April, 3:00pm
St. Stephen’s Catholic Church


Behind the Arvo Pärt Festival Logo

Arvo Pärt Festival by Cappella Romana

Arvo Pärt Festival by Cappella Romana

The logo for Cappella Romana’s Arvo Pärt Festival, which begins on Sunday, has some hidden meanings we’d like you to notice.

First, the P in Pärt and the T in Festival are aligned in order to form a Staurogram, a ligature in ancient Christian manuscripts for the noun “cross” or its verb form “crucify.”

The V, Ä, and V are also aligned in order to form the early Christian “fish” or ichthys symbol. The ichthys made its first appearances as early as the 2nd century.

The final embedded element in the logo is the vertical word “ora,” which is the imperative form of the verb “pray” in Latin.

The music of Arvo Pärt is also embedded with initially hidden meanings and structures – which we hope you will discover during the festival!


The Arvo Pärt Festival

The first-ever festival in North America dedicated to the music of Estonian Orthodox composer Arvo Pärt will take place February 5 – 12, 2017 in Portland, Oregon, presented by the Northwest’s leading professional chamber choir, Cappella Romana. Arvo Pärt is the most performed living composer in the world. Full information.

The Arvo Pärt Festival features eight (8) live performances of music by Arvo Pärt with chamber music (including Spiegel im Spiegel), the complete organ works, a cappella choral works (including selections of the Kanon Pokajanen), a late-night performance of the Passio by candlelight, the Missa Syllabica sung in a Latin mass, and a festival finale featuring Pärt’s Te Deum for three choirs, strings, and prepared piano, Da Pacem Domine (commissioned by Jordi Savall in memory of the victims of the Madrid terrorist bombings in 2004), and the US premiere of Alleluia-Tropus celebrating St. Nicholas.

The live events of the festival will be preceded with a screening of the new film “Arvo Pärt: Even if I lose everything” at Whitsell Auditorium, NW Film Center.

The Arvo Pärt Festival also features two free public lectures, including “The Words Write My Music,” by Peter Bouteneff, professor of theology at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in New York and author of the new book Arvo Pärt: Out of Silence.

Lead Sponsor: Ronni Lacroute.


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

Otterberg Abbey

Sunday, Oct 2, 8pm
Otterberg Abbey
Otterberg, DE

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

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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.

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


Followed by A Night on the Aegean Gala Reception


A Night on the Aegean: 25th Anniversary Gala

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

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

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

Liège Performance On Demand!


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:


Photos from Namur

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

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Artslandia Interviews Alexander Lingas


Listen to Artslandia’s Susannah Mars interview with Alexander Lingas about our 25th Anniversary and this weekend’s ‪‎New Mystics‬ program on “Adventures in Artslandia”:

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.


Friday, 13 May 2016, 7:30pm
Blessed Sacrament


Saturday, 14 May 2016, 7:30pm
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral

Sunday, 15 May 2016, 2:30pm
St. Mary’s Cathedral