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The Institute of Sacred Arts at St Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary (SVOTS) and Great Music Under a Byzantine Dome will host a concert performance by the world-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 (337 E 74th St, New York, NY 10021).

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The concert program, entitled The Byzantine Choral Inheritance, guides the listener 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 will feature Heaven and Earth: A Song of Creation, a setting of Psalm 103, in which 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.

Describing The Byzantine Choral Inheritance, Director of the Institute of Sacred Arts, Dr Peter Bouteneff, expressed his appreciation for the work of Cappella Romana, saying, “This event brings a world-class choral ensemble to perform a creative repertoire spanning the old and the new. This will not only be a concert of stunning beauty, it will help make us think on themes of tradition and creativity that are so central to our work at the Institute of Sacred Arts.”

Following the concert, there will be a private reception for sponsors and Cappella Romana choir members. To learn more about our sponsorship opportunities, please visit our sponsorship page via the link below.

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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.