Fr. Ivan Moody Rejoins Cappella Romana to Direct
Hristic Requiem in Pacific Northwest

Cappella favorite Fr. Ivan Moody, composer of works for such ensembles as Trio Medieval, the Kings Singers, the Hilliard Ensemble, Chanticleer, and Cappella Romana, returns to direct a program of music from Serbia, featuring the Requiem by Stevan Hristic.

Tickets and information

Friday, February 12, 2010, 8pm. St. Mary's Cathedral Portland

Saturday, February 13, 2010, 8pm, St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, Seattle

Both nights at 7:00pm: Pre-concert talk by Rev. Deacon David Cole on the life of St. Sava, one of the most important figures in the history of Serbia. Cappella Romana's program features Ivan Moody's Seven Hymns for St. Sava, a medieval chant in his honor, and a "magnificat" to St. Sava by Stevan Mokranac.

About Cappella Romana

Its performances “like jeweled light flooding the space” (Los Angeles Times), Cappella Romana is a vocal chamber ensemble dedicated to combining passion with scholarship in its exploration of the musical traditions of the Christian East and West. 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.

Cappella Romana tours regularly and made its European début in March 2004 at the Byzantine Festival in London with concerts at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of St. Sophia. The Metropolitan Museum of Art presented the ensemble in its New York début for the exhibit "Byzantium: Faith and Power 1261–-1557." The J. Paul Getty Museum recentlypresented Cappella Romana in the context of its exhibition, “Byzantium and the West,” and again for its exhibit “Sinai” in 2006. The ensemble 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 a number of compact discs: Tikey Zes Choral Works and When Augustus Reigned (Gagliano Records); The Akáthistos Hymn by Ivan Moody, Epiphany: Medieval Byzantine Chant, and Gothic Pipes: The Earliest Organ Music (Gothic); Music of Byzantium (in cooperation with the Metropolitan Museum of Art selling over 11,000 copies); Lay Aside All Earthly Cares: Music by Fr. Sergei Glagolev and The Fall of Constantinople (CR Records), the Byzantine Divine Liturgy in English, the Divine Liturgy set by Peter Michaelides, and 15th-century music of Cyprus.

For more information about Cappella Romana, see the group's website:

(Posting date 10 February 2010)

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