Cappella Romana in Concert: New Worlds in Eastern Orthodox Church Music

The Rose Ensemble & The International Society for Orthodox Church Music
Basilica of St. Mary
Minneapolis, MN
Event date: 
23 Jun 2016
Start Time: 
7:30 PM
Conductor / Keynote Speaker: 
Ivan Moody

A one-night-only appearance on June 23, 2016 by world-renowned vocal ensemble Cappella Romana, with guest director Ivan Moody, featuring Orthodox music from Serbia, Finland, the U.K., Russian America and Greek America.

June 23, 2016
Cappella Romana in Concert:
New Worlds in Eastern Orthodox Church Music
The Rose Ensemble is proud to present Cappella Romana, the world-renowned vocal ensemble from Portland, Oregon, for a special concert in Minneapolis. 

In this program Cappella Romana explores new horizons in Orthodox Church music. Serbian composer Stevan Hristić unites contemporary sounds with ancient tradition in his stunning Opelo (Requiem). The remarkable Cherubic Hymn by Finnish Orthodox composer Pekka Attinen suggests the worlds of Strauss and Mahler within a liturgical context; other Finnish works unite Scandinavian crystalline textures with Russian church singing. These selections, along with thrilling new works by contemporary British and American Orthodox composers including a world premiere by Kurt Sander, are heard in the stunning acoustics of the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis.  Click HERE for program information.

Ivan Moody—composer, conductor, and Orthodox priest—directs this performance. Moody is perhaps best known for his work with the Hilliard Ensemble, Trio Mediaeval, the BBC Singers, and Cappella Romana, for which he wrote his largest work to date, The Akáthistos Hymn. He also serves as president of the International Society for Orthodox Church Music. 

A pre-concert talk on Orthodox choral music will be given at 7pm by Dr. Kurt Sander of Northern Kentucky University, whose work “The Evlogitaria of the Resurrection” will be given its world premiere performance at this concert.

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 by artistic director Dr. Alexander Lingas, 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. 

This concert is being presented in conjunction with the International Society for Orthodox Church Music conference. Click here for more information.

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