Fourth Boston Byzantine Music Festival

Sacred Voices, Sacred Traditions

Date: Nov 12, 2016 Time: 7:30 PM–10:00 PM Location: First Church Cambridge Address: 11 Garden Street Cambridge, MA 02138

Performers—Cappella Clausura, Kol Arev, Holy Cross St Romanos the Melodist Byzantine Choir, and well-known soloists and instrumentalists—present the medieval, post-medieval, and contemporary liturgical and paraliturgical music of Christianity and Judaism, including works by the ninth-century Byzantine nun Kassia, the Renaissance lutenist Sulpitia Cesis, the German composer of Jewish liturgical music Louis Lewandowski, and the contemporary composers Joseph Ness and Arvo Pärt.

A concert celebrating the medieval, post-medieval, and contemporary liturgical and paraliturgical music of Christianity and Judaism.

Cappella Clausura pairs chant by the ninth-century Byzantine nun Kassia with Arvo Pärt’s a cappella compositions and the motets of the Italian Renaissance lutenist Sulpitia Cesis in Music of the Spheres - Sulpitia Cesis, Arvo Pärt, and Kassia.

In The Sweet Sound of Jewish Melody and Chant, Kol Arev, the chamber choir of Hebrew College, performs selections from Klezmer, Chazzanut, nineteenth-century Choral traditions as well as contemporary works based on ancient Jewish chant, cantorial modes, and liturgical melodies. Kol Arev is joined by Cantor Elías Rosemberg and violinist Yaeko Miranda Elmaleh, klezmer clarinetist Cantor Becky Khitrik, and accordionist Michael Mclaughlin.

Throughout the concert, Holy Cross St. Romanos the Melodist Byzantine Choir with soloists Nektarios Antoniou, Spyridon Antonopoulos, Apostolos Combitsis, Nick Giannoukakis, Demetrios Kehagias, Vasileios Lioutas, and Georgios Theodoridis chant liturgical and paraliturgical settings of Psalms, Hymns, Spiritual Songs, highlighting the connections between the Byzantine, Western, and Jewish traditions. The choir is accompanied by Panagiotis Aivazidis, kanonaki, Beth Bahia Cohen, violin, Stephanos Karavas, oud, Vasilis Kostas, laouto, and George Lernis, percussion.

Tickets: $25 • Students: $10 with valid ID
Limited box office sales on the day of performance: $30 (check or credit card only).


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