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Maximilian Steinberg: PASSION WEEK
(Complete, sung in Church Slavonic, written in 1927). World Premiere.
Fri 11 Apr Portland; Sat 12 Apr Seattle
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.
8:30pm, Fri., Apr. 11, St. Mary's Cathedral
8pm, Sat., Apr. 12, St. Joseph's Parish, Seattle
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Cappella Romana performs twice in the Stanford Live series:
Feb 1, 2013: From Constantinople to California
Feb 2, 2013: Holy Friday in Medieval Jerusalem
Read about Cappella Romana's exciting experiments with CCRMA: The Acoustics of Hagia Sophia
Its performances “like jeweled light flooding the space” (Los Angeles Times), Cappella Romana is a vocal chamber ensemble dedicated to combining passion with scholarship in its exploration of the musical traditions of the Christian East and West, with emphasis on early and contemporary music. Founded in 1991, Cappella Romana’s name refers to the medieval Greek concept of the Roman oikoumene (inhabited world), which embraced Rome and Western Europe, as well as the Byzantine Empire of Constantinople ("New Rome") and its Slavic commonwealth. Each program in some way reflects the musical, cultural and spiritual heritage of this ecumenical vision.