Icons of Sound
Aesthetics and Acoustics of Hagia Sophia, Istanbul

A collaboration between Stanford University's Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics and Department of Art & Art History

Cappella Romana, founded in 1991, is a vocal chamber group singing the musical traditions of the Christian East and West with emphasis on early and contemporary music. It has a special commitment to mastering the Slavic and Byzantine repertories in their original languages, thereby making accessible to the general public two great musical traditions that are little known in the West. This goal is reflected in its name, Cappella Romana, derived from the medieval concept of the Roman oikoumene (inhabited world), which included not only ‘Old’ Rome and Western Europe but also ‘New Rome’ (Constantinople), ‘Third Rome’ (Moscow), and the commonwealth of Slavic and Syriac countries.

Cappella Romana tours regularly in the US and Europe and has performed at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of St. Sophia, London; the Metropolitan Museum of Art for the exhibition in 2004 Byzantium: Faith and Power 1261–1557; the Indiana Early Music Festival, the Early Music Society of the Islands (Victoria, BC, Canada), the Bloomington Early Music Festival. The J. Paul Getty Museum presented Cappella Romana in the context of two exhibitions, Byzantium and the West in 2004 and Holy Image, Hallowed Ground: Icons from Sinai in 2006. The ensemble has toured Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, hosted by the University of Limerick and the Byzantine Studies Center of the Queen’s University in Belfast, and presented concerts of Medieval Byzantine chant at the Grottaferrata Monastery near Rome and at the International Congress of Byzantine Choirs in Palermo, Sicily.

Cappella Romana has recorded over a dozen compact discs: Tikey Zes Choral Works (Gagliano Records, 2000); When Augustus Reigned (Gagliano Records, 2000); The Akáthistos Hymn by Ivan Moody (Gothic Records, 2003); Epiphany: Medieval Byzantine Chant for the Feasts on January 1st and 6th (Gothic Records, 2005); Gothic Pipes: The Earliest Organ Music (Loft Recording, 2004); Music of Byzantium (in cooperation with the Metropolitan Museum of Art selling over 11,000 copies) (Cappella Romana, 2004); Lay Aside All Earthly Cares, music by Fr. Sergei Glagolev (Cappella Romana, 2008), Byzantium in Rome (Cappella Romana, 2006); Kontakion on the Nativity of Christ: A Choral Concerto: III. Stanza 9 - Receive, then, O Holy Lady (Cappella Romana, 2008); The Fall of Constantinople (Cappella Romana, 2009); Byzantium 330-1453 (Cappella Romana, 2009); The Byzantine Divine Liturgy in English in Byzantine Chant (Cappella Romana, 2008); The Byzantine Divine Liturgy in English, the Divine Liturgy set by Peter Michaelides (Cappella Romana, 2009).

Dr. Alexander Lingas, Cappella Romana’s founder and artistic director, is Lecturer in Music at City University London, Department of Music and Fellow of the University of Oxford’s European Humanities Research Centre.

This information comes from www.cappellaromana.org and Cappella Romana, Epiphany: Medieval Byzantine Chant for the Feasts on January 1st and 6th (Gothic Records, 2005).

Cappella Romana recorded March 27, 2011 at Stanford’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics.

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