Conducted by Alexander Lingas, Cappella Romana presents “Mt. Sinai: Frontier of Byzantium” with four performances in the Pacific Northwest (Tillamook, Ore., Nov. 17; Medford, Ore., Nov. 18; Portland, Ore., Nov. 19; Seattle, Wash., Nov. 20) to open its 20th Anniversary Season following tour performances at Yale and Brown.
Originally commissioned by the J. Paul Getty Center in Los Angeles, this program features festal chants for St. Catherine, patroness of the Monastery at Mt. Sinai, and music for the Byzantine liturgical drama, “The Play of the Three Children in the Fiery Furnace.”
The 10-member ensemble of virtuoso Byzantine cantors from the US and Europe features Stelios Kontakiotis, master chanter at the Shrine of the Virgin Mary on Tinos, Greece, who also premiered this program with Cappella Romana in 2006.
The program will be available at the concerts as a deluxe limited edition CD (Cappella Romana’s 14th release), produced by Grammy-award winning producer Steve Barnett.
The CD’s 20-page booklet features full texts in Greek with translations, an in-depth essay on the music and its sources by Dr. Alexander Lingas, plus rarely seen photography of St. Catherine’s monastery from c. 1900.
Oregon State tour performances supported by the Oregon Cultural Trust:
TILLAMOOK, ORE.: Thu, Nov. 17, 2011, 7pm, United Methodist Church, Tillamook; Information at 503.965.2204 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MEDFORD, ORE.: Fri, Nov. 18, 2011, 7:30pm, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Medford; Information at 541.773.3111 or at stmarks-medford.org
Cappella Romana 20th Anniversary Series concerts:
PORTLAND: Sat., Nov. 19, 2011, 8pm, St. Mary’s Cathedral, 1739 NW Couch St (at 18th)
SEATTLE: Sun, Nov. 20, 2011, 4pm, St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 2100 Boyer Ave E.