Upcoming Performances:

Fri 8 Nov Portland; Sat 9 Nov Seattle
A PATRIARCH'S CHANTS
The virtuoso Byzantine cantor from Athens, Achilleas Chaldaiakis, returns to direct a program of unusual and never-before-heard Byzantine chants by +ATHANASIOS V Archbishop of Constantinople New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch (reigned 1709-1711).

Fri 17 Jan Portland; Sat 18 Jan Seattle
ARCTIC LIGHT: FINNISH ORTHODOX MUSIC
This sumptuous program of choral works from the Orthodox Church of Finland was first performed to sold-out audiences in 2007, directed by one of the world's foremost experts in the repertoire, Rev. Dr. Ivan Moody: composer, Orthodox priest, and professor of Orthodox Church Music at the University of Eastern Finland in Joensuu. The shining Northern clarity of sound with a sonic richness of the Russian tradition. WITH CD RELEASE!

Sat 22 Mar Portland
VENETIAN BAROQUE: Galuppi + Vivaldi + Bortniansky
Grand scale and rarely heard sacred choral works by Baldassare Galuppi, who was Maestro di Cappella at San Marco in Venice as well as at Catherine the Great’s Imperial Chapel in St. Petersburg. Includes instrumental music by Vivaldi and Russian Orthodox works by Dmitri Bortniansky, who studied in Venice with Galuppi.

Fri 11 Apr Portland; Sat 12 Apr Seattle
Maximilian Steinberg: PASSION WEEK (World Premiere)
This April, for the first time in recorded history, Cappella Romana presents the last major sacred work composed in Russia before Stalin's 1932 crackdown: Passion Week by Maximilian Steinberg. You'll gain insights into Steinberg's complicated personal history: he was born into a Jewish family in Vilnius, became the student and a son-in-law of Rimsky-Korsakov, a classmate of Stravinsky and the teacher of Shostakovich.

Fri 2 May Portland; 3 May Seattle
Robert Kyr's A Time for Life
Just after Earth Day (April 22), Cappella Romana reprises the exciting and innovative work by Northwest composer Robert Kyr, A Time for Life, commissioned by Cappella Romana for its premiere in 2007.Kyr's work is inspired by the Greek Orthodox Service for the Environment from Mt. Athos and invocations of indigenous peoples of North America.


Recent Past Performances:

Sat 15 Jun Seattle; Sun 16 Jun Portland
FROM CONSTANTINOPLE TO CALIFORNIA
Join Cappella Romana on a 1,000-year journey from Constantinople to California. Ancient Byzantine chants mark the point of departure for musical encounters with Crusaders and Venetians. East meets West again at St. Sophia Cathedral in Los Angeles, where Frank Desby founded a tradition, continued by his Californian peers, of Greek-American choral music. The tour comes full circle with the mystical ecstasy of Radiant Cloud, a sonic icon of the Transfiguration by Athenian composer Michael Adamis.

Fri 12 Apr Portland; Sat 13 Apr Seattle
Renaissance Easter in Spain and Portugal
Experience the feast of the Resurrection through the lens of soaring polyphonic motets by the great Spanish and Portuguese composers Francisco Guerrero, Duarte Lobo, and Tomás Luis de Victoria.

Fri, 11 Jan Portland; Sat 12 Jan Seattle; Sun 13 Jan Portland
Rachmaninoff: Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom
Following three sold-out performances last season of Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil (“Vespers”), this year Cappella Romana presents Rachmaninoff’s earlier sacred masterpiece, the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom (1910). Equal in its sonic monumentality to the Vigil, Rachmaninoff's music for the Orthodox Eucharist includes opulent settings for double choir of the Lord’s Prayer and the Beatitudes.

Fri, 16 Nov Portland; Sat 17 Nov Seattle
Santiago de Compostela - with Marcel Peres
MEDIEVAL LATIN CHANT FOR ST. JAMES dir. MARCEL PÉRÈS (Ensemble Organum, Moissac, France) Marcel Pérès makes his Cappella Romana début directing an all-male chant ensemble in a program of medieval Latin hymnody for St. James. The ensemble will sing directly from facsimiles of the Codex Calixtinus, the medieval manuscript stolen (and recently recovered) from the Cathedral of St. James in Compostela, Galicia, Spain.

May 19, 8pm (Portland); May 20, 4pm (Seattle)
Be Radiant, O Peoples!
In tribute to Cappella Romana's 20th Anniversary, scholars and composers who have made invaluable contributions to the international success of the ensemble will offer both ancient and modern musical settings of St. John's masterpiece, the 8th-century Easter Canon.

May 18, 7pm
Be Radiant, O Peoples (Lincoln City)
IN LINCOLN CITY!   In tribute to Cappella Romana's 20th Anniversary, scholars and composers who have made invaluable contributions to the international success of the ensemble will offer both ancient and modern musical settings of St. John's masterpiece, the 8th-century Easter Canon.

Sat., Mar. 31 6:30 pm
St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Hartford, Conn.: Desert and City, Medieval Byzantine Music of the Holy Land
Evocative music of the season composed in and around Jerusalem from the seventh to the ninth centuries by the city’s great church fathers with excerpts of the hauntingly beautiful Great Vespers for the Feast of Saint Catherine of Alexandria.

March 30, 7:00pm
The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Desert and City, Medieval Byzantine Music of the Holy Land
Evocative music of the season composed in and around Jerusalem from the seventh to the ninth centuries by the city’s great church fathers with excerpts of the hauntingly beautiful Great Vespers for the Feast of Saint Catherine of Alexandria.

March 29, 7:30pm
Greek Orthodox Cathedral of New England: Desert and City, Medieval Byzantine Music of the Holy Land
Evocative music of the season composed in and around Jerusalem from the seventh to the ninth centuries by the city’s great church fathers with excerpts of the hauntingly beautiful Great Vespers for the Feast of Saint Catherine of Alexandria.

Jan. 6, 8pm (Portland); Jan. 7, 8pm (Seattle); Jan. 8, 2pm (Portland)
Rachmaninoff: All-Night Vigil (Vespers)
For the first time in its twenty-year history, Cappella Romana sings in its entirety the monumental All-Night Vigil (the so-called “Vespers”) by Sergei Rachmaninoff. Scored for large chorus and soloists, his Vigil is today widely regarded as the outstanding masterpiece of the Russian choral tradition.

Sun., Nov. 20, 4:00pm
Mt. Sinai: Frontier of Byzantium (Seattle)
This program presents exquisite musical treasures--from the cathedrals and monasteries of Byzantium--that were preserved from destruction in the Egyptian desert.

Sat., Nov. 19, 8:00pm
Mt. Sinai: Frontier of Byzantium (Portland)
This program presents exquisite musical treasures--from the cathedrals and monasteries of Byzantium--that were preserved from destruction in the Egyptian desert.

Fri., Nov 18, 7:30pm
Mt. Sinai: Frontier of Byzantium (Medford)
This program presents exquisite musical treasures--from the cathedrals and monasteries of Byzantium--that were preserved from destruction in the Egyptian desert.

Nov. 17, 2011
Mt. Sinai: Frontier of Byzantium (Tillamook)
This program presents exquisite musical treasures--from the cathedrals and monasteries of Byzantium--that were preserved from destruction in the Egyptian desert.

Sat., Nov. 12, 7:30pm
From Jerusalem to Constantinople: Byzantine Music for St. Catherine and Epiphany
The male cantors of Cappella Romana will perform a virtuosic concert of medieval Byzantine hymns and psalmody presented by Brown University (includes lecture with question time prior to the performance).

Friday, Nov. 11, 5pm
From Jerusalem to Constantinople: Byzantine Music for St. Catherine and Epiphany
The male cantors of Cappella Romana will perform a virtuosic concert of medieval Byzantine hymns and psalmody presented by Yale's prestigious Institute for Sacred Music

Sat., May 7, 2011, at 8:00pm
Georgian Chanters from Tbilisi
Experience the otherworldly sonorities by the chanters who were recognized as the “best choir in Tbilisi” by BBC Radio 3 in its 2011 documentary on Georgian Music.

წმ. პანტელეიმონ მკურნალის სახელობის ტაძრის მგალობლები თბილისი, საქართველო

Sat., Apr. 2 (Portland); Sun., Apr 3 (Seattle)
Ivan Moody: The Akáthistos Hymn
Inaugurating our 20th Anniversary.   Father Moody's 1998 setting of the Akathistos Hymn, composed specially for Cappella Romana, weaves beloved Greek melodies into Russian choral textures as it progresses from reverent contemplation to ecstatic transcendence.

Saturday, 26 March 2011, at 7:00pm
20th Anniversary Concert - San Francisco
Cappella Romana returns to San Francisco 20 years after its founding there for a concert of Greek Orthodox chant and choral works, Saturday, March 26, at 7:00 pm, at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation (245 Valencia St, San Francisco).

Fri., Jan. 7 (Portland); Sat., Jan 8 (Seattle)
Baroque Christmas in Russia and Ukraine
Slavic music expert Mark Bailey from Yale University returns with a program of native Slavic chants and extravagant Baroque motets for Christmastide - opening on Christmas Day in the Slavic Calendar (Jan. 7 in the modern calendar)

Sat., Nov 6 (Portland); Sun., Nov 7 (Seattle)
The Bodiless Powers: Angelic Song in Byzantine Chant
The Orthodox East has always viewed its earthly music-making as a living icon of angelic praise. John Michael Boyer will lead the men of Cappella Romana in a program of traditional Byzantine music expressing in song the angels' mediation between the earthly and the divine.

Friday, October 22, 2010 (Portland only)
Peter Phillips Conducts The Tudor Choir
Peter Phillips, director of the world-renowned Tallis Scholars, conducts the Tudor Choir in a performance of Victoria's sublime Requiem and Portuguese Renaissance motets.

Fri., Sep 10 (Portland); Sat., Sep 11 (Seattle)
Media Vita: In the Midst of Life
Guy Protheroe from London makes his Cappella Romana debut, featuring John Sheppard's monumental "Media vita in morte sumus" ("In the midst of life we are in death"). St. Thomas Aquinas was said to have been moved to tears by these sublime words.

Sat, 6 Mar through Sun, 7 Mar 2010
Yale Russian Chorus: The Slavic Spirit
Conducted by Mark Bailey, the Yale Russian Chorus is a tenor-bass a cappella choral ensemble from Yale University specializing in Slavic choral music. Founded in 1953, the YRC is recognized as one of the world’s premier ensembles of Slavic music today.

Fri, 12 Feb through Sat, 13 Feb 2010
Stevan Hristic: Requiem
Cappella favorite Ivan Moody--composer, conductor and Orthodox priest--returns with a Serbian program featuring a major work by Stevan Hristić, whose music taps his Serbian roots, especially in his moving choral masterpiece Opelo, or Requiem.

Fri, 8 Jan through Sat, 9 Jan 2010
A Byzantine Christmas
The virtuoso Byzantine cantor from Athens Achilleas Chaldeakis makes his Cappella Romana directing debut in a program of Byzantine chants for the Christmas season, including ecstatic verses from the Polyeleos for Christmas.

Fri, 6 Nov through Sun, 15 Nov 2009
Renaissance Encounters: Greek East and Latin West
The Renaissance was fed by encounters, both real and imagined, between Western Europeans and Greeks. Hear how Byzantine and Latin musicians of the 15th and 16th centuries captured these cultural meetings in music.   With appearances at Princeton University, Yale University, and the New York series Music Before 1800.

Fri, 7 Aug through Mon, 10 Aug 2009
Arvo Pärt: Odes of Repentance
Cappella Romana offers a selection of Arvo Pärt's English and Slavonic works including Triodion and excerpts of his monumental Kanon Pokajanen. With performances at MusicFest Vancouver and on Salt Spring Island, BC, Canada.

Sunday, May 10
A Time for Life
A Time for Life is a bold new work by Robert Kyr that explores one of contemporary society's most critical issues: living in harmony with the environment. World-renowned early music ensemble Medieval Strings joins Cappella Romana for this program.

Monday, May 4, 2009
Byzantium in Rome (Sacramento)
Cappella Romana Vocal Ensemble, Byzantine chant soloists
Alexander Lingas, Artistic Director A breathtaking presentation of Medieval Byzantine Chant sung from manuscripts produced at the Abbey of Grottaferrata in the suburban hills of Rome, which has operated continuously in the Byzantine rite since its founding in 1004, fifty years before the Great Schism. This presentation also bears unique witness to music sung in Constantinople before the Crusader sack of 1204.

Sunday, May 3, 2009
Byzantium in Rome (Stanford)
Cappella Romana Vocal Ensemble, Byzantine chant soloists
Alexander Lingas, Artistic Director A breathtaking presentation of Medieval Byzantine Chant sung from manuscripts produced at the Abbey of Grottaferrata in the suburban hills of Rome, which has operated continuously in the Byzantine rite since its founding in 1004, fifty years before the Great Schism. This presentation also bears unique witness to music sung in Constantinople before the Crusader sack of 1204.

1 May (Portland), 2 May (Seattle), 2009
Byzantium in Rome
Cappella Romana Vocal Ensemble, Byzantine chant soloists
Alexander Lingas, Artistic Director A breathtaking presentation of Medieval Byzantine Chant sung from manuscripts produced at the Abbey of Grottaferrata in the suburban hills of Rome, which has operated continuously in the Byzantine rite since its founding in 1004, fifty years before the Great Schism. This presentation also bears unique witness to music sung in Constantinople before the Crusader sack of 1204.

 
 
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