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Acoustics of Hagia Sophia at the Ritz Carlton San Francisco

Hagia Sophia Cappella Romana & CCRMA
Hagia Sophia Cappella Romana & CCRMA

Hagia Sophia: Cappella Romana & CCRMA

Cappella Romana is one of the featured artists to perform at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in San Francisco, in a gala on September 27 to raise funds for the Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute at Berkeley.

The team from Stanford’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) will be providing virtual acoustics for the event, transforming a hotel ballroom into the acoustical environment of Hagia Sophia in Constantinople/Istanbul. Cappella Romana will perform Byzantine chants that were sung in Hagia Sophia just prior to the Fall of Constantinople.

CCRMA will also synthesize the acoustics of Holy Cross Orthodox Church in Belmont, California for a presentation of Greek-American choral music by Tikey Zes, one of the honorees at the event.

CCRMA, Stanford’s Department of Art & Art History, and Cappella Romana, led by Drs. Jonathan Abel, Bissera Pentcheva, and Alexander Lingas, are each partners in a collaborative project called “Icons of Sound,” which recently featured a performance of medieval chant from Hagia Sophia presented in Stanford’s Bing Hall.

Traveling with Alexander Lingas!

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Cappella Romana artistic director Alexander Lingas has been traveling abroad. Take a look at some of the wonderful sights!

Holy Sepulcher – The view from the balcony where Alexander Lingas
was singing for the service

Iconostasis of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem where Alexander Lingas
received gracious hospitality and helped chant hierarchical
vespers of the Holy Cross and Old Style Annunciation

Spring at the School of Byzantine Music located on the
foothills on the edge of Tirana

The Roman Amphitheater in Durrës-Dyrrhachium,
the hometown of St. John Koukouzeles

The Roman Amphitheater in Durrës-Dyrrhachium,
the hometown of St. John Koukouzeles

Cathedral in Tirana Albania

Desert near St. Sabbas Monastery

Tomas Luis de Victoria – Renaissance Easter in Spain and Portugal

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Cappella Romana performs the polyphonic motets of Tomás Luis de Victoria in the April concert series Renaissance Easter in Spain and Portugal. Read a little background on this influential Spanish Renaissance composer:

Owen Rees – guest conductor & author

“Victoria was the greatest Spanish composer of the Renaissance, and also one of the finest European composers of the time; his total output is, however, much smaller than those of, for example, Palestrina and Lassus. Victoria’s modern reputation long rested mainly on a handful of motets (such as O magnum mysterium, O quam gloriosum, O vos omnes, and Vere languores), on the Tenebrae responsories, and on the Officium defunctorum. Much less attention was paid, for example, to his polychoral works (including masses, psalms, antiphons, and sequences), some of which stand apart from the better-known pieces through such aspects as their greater rhythmic animation. Of Victoria’s 20 masses, 15 are parody works, most of them based on his own pieces, while the others draw on works by Morales, Guerrero, Palestrina, and Janequin. A notable characteristic of the masses published from 1592 onwards is their brevity (on which Victoria himself remarked regarding the 1592 collection). Likewise frequently concise, and with a highly concentrated expressivity of text-setting, are such works as the Lamentations and responsories for Holy Week. Victoria’s powers of text-expression when writing in a simple style are well demonstrated also by the Matins responsory Taedet animam meam from the Officium defunctorum, and the motet Versa est in luctum from the same publication shows an extraordinarily powerful use of chromatic and harmonic colouring. Harmonic sequence is sometimes prominent in Victoria’s writing, as in the eight-voice Salve regina. There are also abundant examples of word-painting in his motets, such as Cum beatus Ignatius, with its vivid imagery depicting the wild beasts tearing the martyr to pieces.”

Text taken from an article by guest-conductor Owen Rees in The Oxford Companion to Music! Read the full article at www.oxfordmusiconline.com

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Portland:
8pm, Friday, April 12, St. Mary’s Cathedral
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Seattle:
8pm, Saturday, April 13, Holy Rosary Church – West Seattle
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Free pre-performance talks one hour prior to each performance

Cappella Romana London Preview

We’ll be performing plenty of works from our recent Mt. Sinai: Frontier of Byzantium recording during our upcoming London Residency; take a listen to one of the tracks below:

More information on the Cappella Romana London Residency

Cappella Romana Brings Byzantine Chant to the Great Hall at the Hellenic Centre

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Cappella Romana Brings Medieval Byzantine Chant to London

Byzantine Chant Mini-Symposium & Recital at the Hellenic Centre

The Hellenic Centre
The Hellenic Centre

Cappella Romana, in collaboration with the School of Byzantine Music and the Archdiocese of Thyateira, presents a mini-symposium and recital of Byzantine chant. Leading liturgical scholars and musicologists from the UK and US discuss ‘The Musical Form of the Divine Liturgy’ in a short series of papers and a panel discussion aimed to reach a broad spectrum of the public, from early music enthusiasts, to liturgy scholars and enthusiasts, to students and practitioners of Byzantine chant. Topics covered will include the poetic and musical forms of Byzantine hymnography and music, the hermeneutics of Byzantine chant, and the adaptation of Byzantine chant into English. Following a short interval, the choir of the Archdiocesan School of Byzantine Music, led by Fr. Joseph Paliouras, will participate in a short recital with Cappella Romana. The day will conclude with an informal reception.

Symposium Schedule:

  • 5:00 pm: Introductory Greetings
  • 5:30 pm: Papers and panel discussion
  • 7:00 pm: Interval – tea
  • 7:30 pm: Recital of Byzantine chant by Cappella Romana and the Choir of the Archdiocesan School of Byzantine Chant
  • 5:00 pm: Introductory Greetings
  • 5:30 pm: Papers and panel discussion
  • 7:00 pm: Interval – tea
  • 7:30 pm: Recital of Byzantine chant by Cappella Romana and the Choir of the Archdiocesan School of Byzantine Chant

Cappella Romana Recital at The Great Hall at the Hellenic Centre

Tuesday 14 May 2013, 8:00 pm
The Great Hall at the Hellenic Centre
16-18 Paddington St. Marylebone, London W1U 5AS
+44 20 7487 5060
Free admission, reservation recommended.

Cappella Romana at the Priory Church of St. Bartholomew-the-Great

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Cappella Romana Brings Medieval Byzantine Chant to London

Cappella Romana, the world’s leading early music vocal ensemble for the broad exploration of music of the Eastern Orthodox traditions, returns to London for the first time since 2009 when it was engaged by the Royal Academy of Arts for its mega-exhibition ‘Byzantium: 323-1453’. Its founder and artistic director Dr Alexander Lingas (City University London) will lead an international ensemble of Byzantine cantors from Greece, the UK, and the US, featuring especially Mr Stelios Kontakiotis, principal cantor (protopsaltis) of the Shrine to the Mother of God on Tinos.

Evening Concert at St Bartholomew-the-Great

Desert and City: Medieval Byzantine Chant from the Holy Land

Wednesday 15 May 2013, 8:00 pm
The Priory Church of St Bartholomew-the-Great, Cloth Fair, EC1
Tickets £25 £18; Concessions 50% off (limited availability)
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Programme

The full programme at the Priory Church of St Bartholomew-the-Great features Medieval Byzantine chant, the fraternal repertoire to Latin chant in the West. It opens with music for the celebrations of Holy Week composed in and around Jerusalem from the seventh to the ninth centuries by the city’s great church fathers: Patriarch Sophronios, Kosmas the Melodist, and Saint John Damascene. This music receives its UK premiere with this tour performance. The programme continues with excerpts of the hauntingly beautiful Great Vespers for the Feast of St Catherine of Alexandria as it might have been celebrated at her monastery on Mount Sinai in Egypt during the fifteenth century. This portion of the programme is featured on Cappella Romana’s recent CD release ‘Voices of Byzantium’ published by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

A look at Cardoso’s Sitivit anima mea

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There’s a familiar name on this edition fo the Cardoso Sitivit anima mea we’ll be performing during our Renaissance Easter in Spain & Portugal concert…

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Portland:
8pm, Friday, April 12, St. Mary’s Cathedral
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Seattle:
8pm, Saturday, April 13, Holy Rosary Church – West Seattle
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Free pre-performance talks one hour prior to each performance

Cappella Romana Brings Medieval Byzantine Chant to London!

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Cappella Romana London Residency: Medieval Byzantine Chant from the Holy Land


Cappella Romana, the world’s leading early music vocal ensemble for the broad exploration of music of the Eastern Orthodox traditions, returns to London for the first time since 2009 when it was engaged by the Royal Academy of Arts for its mega-exhibition ‘Byzantium: 323-1453’. Its founder and artistic director Dr Alexander Lingas (City University London) will lead an international ensemble of Byzantine cantors from Greece, the UK, and the US, featuring especially Mr Stelios Kontakiotis, principal cantor (protopsaltis) of the Shrine to the Mother of God on Tinos.

The ensemble will appear in two engagements in London this May 2013, before additional tour performances at the noted German early music festival ‘Tage Alter Musik’ in Regensburg, and in Athens and Patras, Greece:

May 14: A Mini-Symposium and Recital of Byzantine Chant at The Hellenic Centre, Marylebone

May 15: Full Evening Concert – Desert and City: Medieval Byzantine Chant from the Holy Land
St. Bartholomew-the-Great, Cloth Fair, EC1
London’s Oldest Church
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Francisco Guerrero – Rennaisance Easter in Spain & Portugal

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Cappella Romana performs the polyphonic motets of Francisco Guerrero in the April concert series Renaissance Easter in Spain and Portugal. Read a little background on this influential Spanish Renaissance composer:

Considered second only to Tomás Luis de Victoria as a Spanish composer of Renaissance church music, Francisco Guerrero published over 150 liturgical pieces and motets and 18 masses, and was the only composer to publish widely abroad while making a career in Spain. His music was widely performed abroad for centuries after his death, including the New World in Latin America.

Guerrero was also a prolific composer of secular songs. He drew from the many mid-16th century Andalusian poets such as Gutierre de Cetina and Baltasar del Alcázar, as well as the greatest Spanish dramatist, Lope de Vega. Guerrero also fit secular songs to sacred text which expanded his repertoire so much so that he is reported to have written no less than a page of music for every day that he lived. Both in his own era and for more than two centuries after his death he remained a favorite composer in Spanish and Spanish-American cathedrals because he wrote eminently singable, diatonic lines and wove his melodic strands through a functional harmonic fabric that often anticipates 18th-century harmonic usage.

From Grove Music Online:

To prove how proleptic was his harmonic sense, his Magnificat secundi toni when published in 1974 from an anonymous 18th-century copy in Lima Cathedral was mistakenly taken to be an 18th-century work. His Ave virgo sanctissima, a five-voice motet first published in 1566, became so popular that he was regarded as the quintessential composer of the perfect Marian motet. It was all the more remarkable in that its intense emotion was generated within the confines of a canonic structure. As in all Guerrero’s many canonic feats, the voices move so smoothly and effortlessly, and the harmonic impulse remains so clear throughout, that its technical complexities may pass the listener by.

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Portland:
8pm, Friday, April 12, St. Mary’s Cathedral
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Seattle:
8pm, Saturday, April 13, Holy Rosary Church – West Seattle
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Free pre-performance talks one hour prior to each performance

Renaissance Easter in Spain and Portugal Program

Take a listen to some recordings of music on our upcoming Renaissance Easter in Spain and Portugal Program via Spotify:







And these are just scratching the surface!

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Portland:
8pm, Friday, April 12, St. Mary’s Cathedral
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Seattle:
8pm, Saturday, April 13, Holy Rosary Church – West Seattle
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Free pre-performance talks one hour prior to each performance