Individual Event

"Byzantine Christmas" concert by Capella Romana
Dec 19, 2017 at 7:30 PM

Contact: Mark Powell, 503.236.8202mark@cappellaromana.org

 

A BYZANTINE CHRISTMAS is coming to Sacramento
thanks to Cappella Romana

“quite simply beautiful”  —The New York Times

The world-renowned vocal ensemble Cappella Romana returns to Sacramento this season with A Byzantine Christmas: Byzantine Chants in Greek, Arabic, and English on Tuesday, December 19, at 7:30pm

 in the superb acoustics of Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament (1017 11th Street). Tickets start at $25 with discounts for students and groups. Available at cappellaromana.org, by phone 503-236-8202, or at the door. All proceeds will go to families in need, distributed by Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament and Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church.

 

A Byzantine Christmas is directed by John Michael Boyer, Protopsaltis of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco and Cappella Romana’s Associate Music Director. He is joined by Lebanon-born soloist Deacon John (Rassem) El Massih and a choir of men and women Byzantine cantors from across North America.

"We are thrilled to be performing again in Sacramento," says Mark Powell, executive director of Cappella Romana. "And thanks to an anonymous donor, all ticket proceeds will go to families in need. We hope patrons will be generous especially at this time of year." 

Cappella Romana first appeared in Sacramento in 2009 with a program of Medieval Byzantine Chant, and recently returned from a tour to Romania where it was a featured ensemble in the Iasi Byzantine Music Festival. Its next European tour includes stops in London and Budapest.

 

Program

A BYZANTINE CHRISTMAS:  Byzantine Chant in Greek, Arabic, and English

Artists

Cappella Romana

John Michael Boyer, with Deacon John (Rassem) El Massih, and an ensemble of Byzantine cantors

Date

Tuesday, 19 December 2017, 7:30 p.m.

Venue

Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, 1017 11th Street

$25 and up.  cappellaromana.org / 503-236-8202

CAPPELLA ROMANA

Its performances “like jeweled light flooding the space” (Los Angeles Times), Cappella Romana is a professional 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, 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.

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