Cappella Romana Tours "The Fall of Constantinople (1453)"

JUAN DE FUCA FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS (Port Angeles, WA, 10 March 2006)
In the region named after Greek explorer
Juan de Fuca (Apostolos Valerianos), b. 1531.
ST. MARY'S CATHEDRAL (Portland, OR, 12 May 2006)
HOLY ROSARY CHURCH (West Seattle, WA, 13 May 2006)

The vocal ensemble Cappella Romana will again tour its most popular program "The Fall of Constantinople" this spring. The program will be presented first in the Juan de Fuca Festival of the Arts in Port Angeles, WA on Friday, March 10, then the following evening, Saturday, March 11, across the Strait of Juan de Fuca in Victoria, BC, in the Early Music Society of the Islands concert series.

The ensemble appears first at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 301 Lopez Ave in Port Angeles on Friday, March 10, at 7:30pm (free pre-concert lecture at 7:00pm). For tickets, call 360-457-5411, or visit

The following evening, the ensemble is presented at Alix Goolden Hall in the Victoria Conservatory of Music, 907 Pandora Avenue at Quadra, Saturday March 11, at 8:00pm (free pre-concert lecture at 7:00pm). For tickets, call (250) 386-6121, or visit

Following the March performances, Cappella Romana will appear at St. Mary's Cathedral in Portland, Oregon on Friday, May 12, 2006 at 8pm and again on Saturday, May 13th at 8pm in Holy Rosary Church in West Seattle. Additional details about performance venues and purchase of tickets will be announced shortly.

"The Fall of Constantinople" is the single most sought-after program in Cappella Romana's repertoire. This virtuosic program of 14th- and 15th-century music bears witness to the co-existence and conflict between the Greek and Western cultures in the Eastern Mediterranean at the twilight of Byzantium. This popular program has been featured by such presenters as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Bloomington Early Music Festival, Yale University, Princeton University, and the Byzantine Festival in London (UK).

The program will be released on a new CD for international distribution in May.

Cappella Romana's largely Greek program features music from the time shortly before the namesake of this region, Juan de Fuca, was born in Greece (Cephalonia) in 1531 with the name Apostolos Valerianos, or Ioannis Phokas. His immediate ancestors had fled Constantinople after the Fall of the City in 1453.

This tour with Cappella Romana was originally planned for January 2005, but was postponed because of inclimate weather: a dramatic cocktail of freezing rain and snow and freezing fog, a perfect storm that prevented the ensemble from arriving in Victoria by air. This year, the ensemble is traveling only by land and sea (!)

(Press Release Date: 1 March 2006; posted 11 March 2006.)

For more information about Cappella Romana, contact Mark Powell: 206.683.9543 or 503.236.8202; ;

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