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Cappella Romana Rehearses Arctic Light II

Cappella Romana rehearsing “Psalm 84” by Cyrillus Kreek with renowned Finnish choral director Timo Nuoranne.

The Psalms of Estonian composer Cyrillus Kreek (1889-1962) take a pride of place in “Arctic Light II.” Kreek and his family converted from the Lutheran church to the Orthodox faith in 1896, when Kreek was just seven years old. His psalm settings follow Orthodox forms, which each include a traditional selection of verses along with refrains familiar to Orthodox faithful. Verses from Psalm 84 (LXX 83) heard in the video above are usually sung for a dedication of a church (“How lovely are your dwelling places”).

Kreek also has a special connection to Cappella Romana’s prior work, in that he was a student of composition at the St. Petersburg Conservatory when one of his teachers would have been Maximilian Steinberg, student and son-in-law of Rimsky-Korsakov and composer of the now celebrated Passion Week, of which Cappella Romana gave the world premiere performances and world premiere recording in 2014. Echoes of Steinberg’s compositional voice can be heard in Kreek’s setting of Psalm 137 (LXX 136) “By the waters of Babylon,” which you won’t want to miss on this weekend’s program!

Arctic Light II: Northern Exposure

Renowned Finnish choral director Timo Nuoranne returns to direct glimmering sacred works from Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, and Estonia. With selections from Cappella Romana’s celebrated recording Arctic Light: Finnish Orthodox Music, and a Trisagion in Estonian, Slavonic, and Greek by Erkki-Sven Tüür.

LAKE OSWEGO

Sun 19 Nov, 3:00pm
Marylhurst University

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With selections also by the Marylhurst University Chamber Choir
Justin Smith, director
 

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

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

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

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

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A Tallis Scholars Preview

Cappella Romana Presents: The Tallis Scholars

The Tallis Scholars director, Peter Phillips, offers a fantastic introduction to the ensemble in this video they created before their Australian tour. You don’t want miss the “rock stars of Renaissance vocal music” (The New York Times) in Portland and Seattle this April!

The Tallis Scholars Preview

Another short preview ahead of the Australia tour, with kind permission from Carnegie Hall.

Posted by Tallis Scholars on Thursday, August 25, 2016

Portland
Tuesday 4 April, 8:00pm
St. Mary’s Cathedral

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Seattle
Wednesday 5 April, 7:30pm
St. James Cathedral

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Looking Back On Cappella Romana’s Germany Tour

Cappella Romana in Konstanz

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

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

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

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

Utrecht Festival Concert Details

Kyrie for Saint Hilarion in London

Video from Cappella Romana’s performance of the Kyrie for Saint Hilarion at St. Giles-Cripplegate in London on 1 July, 2016 in a concert sponsored by City University (London):

Namur Festival Performance

Enjoy a video of our performance of Motet 8 Gemma florens/Hec est dies from the MS Torino J.II.9. at the Abbatial Church of the Abbaye de Floreffe, Namur, Belgium!

Cappella Romana on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune

cappella romana on bbc radio 3

Cappella Romana started the 2016 European Tour in London, but before the St. Giles Cripplegate performance, they stopped by BBC Radio 3 for an appearance on the “In Tune” program!

Listen to the full broadcast

Watch a clip from the studio performance:

Rehearsing James MacMillan’s “Videns Dominus”

Cappella Romana rehearsing James MacMillan's “Videns Dominus”

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.

Seattle

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

Saturday, 14 May 2016, 7:30pm
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
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Sunday, 15 May 2016, 2:30pm
St. Mary’s Cathedral
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