The Second Boston Byzantine Music Festival features performances by the internationally acclaimed vocal ensemble Cappella Romana, the Greek Orthodox Archdiocesan Byzantine Choir, and the renowned DÜNYA ensemble. Cappella Romana will perform The Fall of Constantinople, which includes majestic Byzantine chants, Latin ceremonial motets, and two laments commemorating the fall of Constantinople to the Ottoman Turks in 1453. The Archdiocesan Byzantine Choir will celebrate the music of Petros the Peloponnesian (d. 1778), one of the greatest post-Byzantine ecclesiastical composers. DÜNYA ensemble will recreate a princely recital featuring music notated by nineteenth-century Greek Orthodox cantors.
A series of free lectures and workshops will be offered during the festival. Alexander Lingas, artist director of Cappella Romana, and Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol, director of DÜNYA’s performance, will deliver lectures providing the historical context for the concerts. Explore the music presented in the concerts further through a series of hands-on workshops given by well-known musicians and composers.
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Tickets: $25 per concert • $40 for both concerts • Students: $12 per concert with valid ID
Limited box office sales on the day of performances: $30 per concert. No discounts.
Lectures and workshops are free, but seating is limited. Advance registration is recommended.
Schedule of EventsSecond Boston Byzantine Music Festival
- Nov 14, 2014 Greeks, Latins, and the Musical Culture of Late Byzantium
- Nov 14, 2014 Reform and Notation in Early Nineteenth-Century Istanbul
- Nov 14, 2014 The Fall of Constantinople
- Nov 15, 2014 Mediterranean Percussion: Styles and Techniques
- Nov 15, 2014 Greek Ensemble Workshop
- Nov 15, 2014 Principles of Conducting a Byzantine Choir
- Nov 15, 2014 Singing Classical Ottoman Songs in Usul
- Nov 15, 2014 Composing Byzantine Music in English
- Nov 15, 2014 Petros the Peloponnesian: Portrait of a Musical Genius & A Fasil for a Phanariot Beyzade
Concerts: Maliotis Cultural Center
Lectures & Workshops: Archbishop Iakovos Library Reading Room
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