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posted Friday, August 22 2014 - Volume 42 Issue 34
Cappella Romana launches 2014-2015 concert series
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Cappella Romana launches 2014-2015 concert series

'Cappella Romana sings this music as if already in the heavenly realms, and can transport the listener there, as well.' - Fanfare Cappella Romana is a professional vocal ensemble that performs early and contemporary sacred classical music in the Christian traditions of East and West. Cappella Romana takes you on a journey of discovery - a dynamic experience of immersion in sound and space, traditional and history, innovation and light.

'The Fall of Constantinople'
The Utrecht Early Music Festival, the most important event of its kind in the world, presents Cappella Romana on September 7, 2014 with the program 'The Fall of Constantinople.' Join the ensemble on Labor Day weekend just before its European tour as it explores the musical legacy of the ancient civilization of Byzantium - with majestic ceremonies for the cathedral of Hagia Sophia, triumphant assertions of superiority by Westerners, and fervent prayers for the healing of political and religious divisions.

On the program: Hierarchical Entrance Rite for a Byzantine Divine Liturgy at Hagia Sophia, Constantinople, c. 1453. Guillaume DuFay (1397-1474): Ecclesiae militantis, Apostolo glorioso, Vasilissa ergo gaude, Lamentatio Sanctae Matris Ecclesiae Constantinopolitanae; Manuel Chrysaphes (fl. 1440-1463): Lament for the Fall of Constantinople; and more.

The concert will be held Friday, August 29, at 8 p.m., at St. Joseph's Parish, 732 18th Ave. E.

'Sacred Songs of Serbia'
Musicologist and conductor Bogdan Djakovic makes his U.S. debut with Cappella Romana leading a program of beautiful works from the Serbian Orthodox tradition. Dr. Djakovic makes his home in Serbia's historically turbulent northern region, which for generations has been subject to competing cultural influences. He has devoted his career to exploring the meeting of East and West in Serbian choral music. His program presents traditional Eastern Orthodox sources filtered through Western European musical colors and techniques, creating works of resplendent beauty.

On the program: Kornelije Stankovic (1831-1865): Dogmatikon for the Mother of God; Josif Marinkovic (1851-1931): 'O heavenly King,' 'Our Father'; Steven Stojanovic Mokranjac (1856-1914): Cherubic Hymn, Opelo/Requiem (excerpts); and more.

The concert will be held Friday, October 24, at 8 p.m., at St. Joseph's Parish, 732 18th Ave. E.

'Echoes of the Renaissance'
Dr. Tikey Zes (b. 1927) is the most prolific composer of Greek Orthodox liturgical music in America. Long a proponent of Zes's music, Cappella Romana will perform excerpts of a setting of his Divine Liturgy, which Cappella Romana released on CD last season. Preceding the Zes are selections of the Missa MiMi by Johannes Ockeghem, who with other masters of the Renaissance inspired Zes's approach to modal harmony and counterpoint. Zes recorded the Ockeghem Missa MiMi on LP with his Berkeley Chamber Singers in the 1960s, at the dawn of the modern Early Music movement.

On the program: Johannes Ockeghem: Missa MiMi (excerpts); Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina: Motets; Tikey Zes: The Divine Liturgy (1991/96, selections).

The concert will be held on Friday, January 9, at 8 p.m., at St. Joseph's Parish, 732 18th Ave. E.

'Good Friday in Medieval Jerusalem'
Cappella Romana releases its 21st recording with these performances of music for Good Friday in Medieval Jerusalem. Hear Medieval Byzantine chant, the fraternal repertoire to Latin chant in the West, composed for 8th- and 9th-century celebrations of Holy Week in Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Hymns by Jerusalem's great church fathers - Patriarch Sophronios, Kosmas the Melodist, and Saint John Damascene - include the famous Orthodox hymn 'Semeron krematai' ('Today He who is hung upon the tree') sung to its original medieval melody.

On the program: Sophronios of Jerusalem: Antiphons of Holy Friday (selections); Kosmas the Melodist: Hymns of the Triodion; Romanos the Melodist: Kontakion of Holy Friday; Anonymous: Byzantine chant from MS EBE 2401; Byzantios and Stoudites: Idiomela.

The concert will be held on Friday, February 6, at 8 p.m., at St. Joseph's Parish, 732 18th Ave. E.

'From Darkness to Light'
Alfred Schnittke's Verses of Repentance (Stikhi Pokayanniye) is a musical tour-de-force, surpassing in virtuosity Schnittke's more widely know Concerto for Choir. Rich harmonies and exuberant melodies deliver these poignant words with tender to fervent emotion, as the music gives way to an ineffable, final movement sung without words. Cappella Romana favorite Ivan Moody will conduct, completing this intense program with Diptych by Galina Grigorjeva and his own work Anastasis on Eastertide texts in Greek and English.

On the program: Alfred Schnittke: Twelve Verses of Repentance a.k.a. Psalms of Repentance (U.S. Premiere); Galina Grigorjeva: Diptych; Ivan Moody: Anastasis ('Resurrection').

The concert will be held on Friday, May 15, at 8 p.m., at Trinity Parish, 609 8th Ave.

Cappella Romana also presents their concerts in Portland these weekends on Saturday evenings and sometimes Sunday matinees. For more information and advance tickets, call 503-236-8202 or visit cappellaromana.org.

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