Sep 02, 2014

Second Boston Byzantine Music Festival Program Announced

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The Second Boston Byzantine Music Festival will feature performances by the internationally acclaimed vocal ensemble Cappella Romana, the Greek Orthodox Archdiocesan Byzantine Choir, and the Grammy-nominated 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 return to the Boston Byzantine Music Festival to 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 festival performers.