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Tickets are now available for
The Byzantine Choral Inheritance, a concert by Cappella Romana.
Click here to join us on Friday, February 17, 2023, at 7:30pm!

Cappella Romana presents The Byzantine Choral Inheritance at the Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity.

Great Music Under A Byzantine Dome is the concert ministry of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New York City. It programs a diverse series of concerts and performances every year, featuring performers from the Cathedral Choir and from the New York area, singing music from the sacred Orthodox tradition, the Greek folk and popular traditions, and Western classical and musical theater repertoire.

The Institute of Sacred Arts at St Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary (SVOTS) and Great Music Under a Byzantine Dome will sponsor a concert performance by the renowned ensemble, Cappella Romana, on Friday, February 17, 2023, at 7:30 p.m. The event will be held at the Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New York, with tickets available online via this link or at the door.

The concert program is entitled The Byzantine Choral Inheritance. Cappella Romana will present pieces in this program that will “guide East Coast audiences through the historic traditions of Byzantine music to new works that draw inspiration from them…The concert will begin with works in Greek from medieval Constantinople, followed by liturgical works by twentieth-century Greek American composers such as Tikey Zes, Theodore Bogdanos, and Frank Desby. The second half, led by Associate Music Director John Michael Boyer, will feature the East Coast premiere of Heaven and Earth: A Song of Creation, a setting of Psalm 103. Commissioned by the Saint John of Damascus Society to celebrate the discovery of the Higgs boson, six composers: Tikey Zes, +Richard Toensing, GRAMMY-nominee Kurt Sander, Alexander Khalil, John Michael Boyer, and Matthew Arndt, each set a portion of the Psalm, creating a seamless tapestry.”

A reception will be held after the concert for sponsors of the event. To become a sponsor, contact swerner@svots.edu or click this link.

About Cappella Romana:

Cappella Romana is a professional vocal ensemble that performs early and contemporary sacred classical music in the Christian traditions of East and West. The ensemble is known especially for its presentations and recordings of medieval Byzantine chant (the Eastern sibling of Gregorian chant), Greek and Russian Orthodox choral works, and other sacred music that expresses the historic traditions of a unified Christian inheritance.

Cappella Romana brings to life music that meets a deep human need, not only to belong and to have a shared creative experience, but to feel the full range of ethical, emotional, and spiritual effect as expressed through music. We strive to give an experience that allows you, our audience, to feel a sheer joy that cannot be contained by mere words, but through the ineffable sounds of the human voice in song.

“View of Constantinople,” Artist Unknown. Courtesy of the Walters Art Museum; Creative Commons License 1.0.

The Cathedral Choir and Cathedral Youth Choir have been invited by His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to visit and perform in Constantinople in the Summer of 2023. We are honored by this invitation and look forward to the tour, but we need your help! To support our trip, please click here to donate via PayPal, or click here to donate via Venmo.

The Georgia Giannakopoulos and Peter Katsoris Kaye Archdiocesan Cathedral Music Library is a resource for Greek and Orthodox musicians across the country who wish to expand their knowledge of our musical traditions! Over the last several decades, the Cathedral Choir has amassed music from across the Greek and Orthodox traditions, including many manuscripts and editions that exist nowhere else. The library is currently “under construction” — stay tuned for updates, and feel free to reach out if you wish to be involved!

The Cathedral Music Ministry has a rich history of adding beauty to the Cathedral worship experience, performing the music of composers such as Theodore Bogdanos, Anna Gallos, Alexander Gretchaninov, Dimitrios Pappas, George Raptis, Nancy Takis, Tikey Zes,  and many more, in addition to arrangements by the late Maestro Dr. Dino Anagnost, music director of the choir for many years.  The renowned Cathedral Choir, formed by a core of music professionals and volunteers, is featured most Sundays at the Archdiocesan Cathedral and is conducted by Maestro Costas Tsourakis.

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